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What is IRATA?

IRATA was formed in the UK in the late 1980’s, to solve maintenance problems in the offshore oil and gas industry. Its formation was the result of an initiative of a number of leading companies who had begun to use industrial rope access techniques, to provide a safe working environment for the industry. The rope access technique developed by IRATA have now come to be used in a wide range of repair, maintenance, inspection and access work. Since it provides an unrivalled safety record, a quick set-up and dismantling time, positive environmental benefits and no need for invasive access equipment or disruption of the site.

IRATA is now recognized as the world’s leading authority on industrial rope access. It has over 300 member companies around the world and has trained in excess of 105,000 rope access technicians worldwide. The Association directs and manages through its members the training of all workers seeking its qualifications. These member companies provide training or operational services, or both.

Safety is paramount in our industry. Since the formation IRATA, IRATA and its Member Companies, have worked assiduously to:

  • Improve safety in the industry.
  • Produce an industry standard set of guidelines and training requirements.
  • Provide a comprehensive assessment and registration process for operatives.

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For more information, please visit the IRATA website.

Why should I choose IRATA Training?

IRATA International was formed when rope access was truly in its infancy, with the association celebrating the 25th Anniversary in 2013. IRATA has developed the industrial rope access sector including the methodology and has taken the industry around the world. Working from the outset with the Health and Safety Executive and other regulatory and standards authorities, the Association has overseen the growth of a whole new division of the access industry and thus gained the experience one should inist on in a worldwide trade organisation.

So, why should you choose IRATA?

The teaching of the IRATA syllabus enables rope access technicians to progress through three Levels of proficiency, with certification issued at each level. The IRATA technician carries a card that is recognised Globally for its importance and value; over 105,000 IRATA technicians have been registered in over fifty countries and in every continent. The thorough, dedicated IRATA training programme delivers a skilled workforce that can reliably employ a proven work-at-height method.

You will not only receive IRATA training, provided by skilled instructors … every course is also assessed by experienced IRATA personnel who are independent of the 5th Point as a training company. This double guarantee of thorough training and independent assessment is the IRATA key to securing a safe work force.

If you appreciate and understand good training, and wish to employ personnel who have benefitted from it, you will understand that the best education comes from experienced specialists with an in-depth knowledge of their subject. It is not enough to turn to general industrial or tertiary sources or, even worse, general consultancies with little specialist awareness as these lack the detailed knowledge and understanding of the particular working environments and the capabilities of the industrial rope access system. By contrast, IRATA Instructors are specialists and experts in their field who have theoretical and practical teaching skills. Their individual abilities and the training centres they work in are regularly independently assessed to ensure that training in being delivered to the highest possible standards.

What do I need to do for my Level 1?

As long as you are over 18 years of age, and are reasonably fit and healthy – any one can train to the IRATA Level 1 standard.

No prior rope access experience is necessary, although some basic skills and understanding can definitely be of benefit to you.

How do I upgrade from Level 1 to IRATA Level 2?

All candidates wishing to upgrade their IRATA Level 1 to the IRATA Level 2 qualification must have the following:

  • A minimum of 12 months time between their Level 1 and Level 2.
  • A minimum of 1000 hours logged in their IRATA issued Logbook.
  • A minimum of 4 days of Level 2 training shall be completed.
  • 1 day assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor.

From May the 1st 2014, no alternative logbooks will be accepted on the day of your assessment. It must be an IRATA issued logbook.

An IRATA Level 2 certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of successful Level 2 Assessment.

How do I upgrade from Level 2 to Level 3?

All candidates wishing to upgrade their IRATA Level 2 to the IRATA Level 3 qualification must have the following:

  • A minimum of 12 months time between their Level 2 and Level 3.
  • A minimum of 1000 hours logged in their IRATA issued Logbook.
  • A minimum of 4 days of Level 3 training shall be completed.
  • 1 day assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor.

From May the 1st 2014, no alternative logbooks will be accepted on the day of your assessment. It must be an IRATA issued logbook.

An IRATA Level 3 certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of successful Level 3 Assessment.

How long does the IRATA qualification last for?

All levels of IRATA qualifications (Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3) are valid for a period of 3 years from the date of successful IRATA Assessment.

My ticket has expired! What do I do?

It is vital that you keep track of when your IRATA qualification expires. Technicians who allow their qualification to expire may be at risk of losing their current level of certification.

Expired Level 1

If your IRATA Level 1 has expired, you should arrange with an IRATA Training Company to attend a refresher day training. You will then need to attend a minimum of 4 days of training followed by 1 full day of assessment. A new certificate will be issued from the date of your successful assessment.

Can I upgrade from Level 1 to Level 2 even though my ticket has expired? I have over 1000 hours logged.

If your qualification has expired by up to 6 months, you need to regain your IRATA Level 1 before you are able to sit your Level 2. Once you have gained your IRATA Level 1 again, you will need to complete the following requirements prior to attending a Level 2 training course:

  • Obtain a reference from the recent Level 1 training company to confirm that they demonstrated good attitude and competance.
  • Attain a minimum of “Good Standard” on the recent Level 1 assessment
  • Complete a minimum of 3 months work experience after regaining Level 1. This shall include a minimum of 150 hours logged.
  • Total logged rope access hours shall be in excess of 1150 hours.
  • Rope access work experience shall be over a minimum 12 months of active work.
  • A minimum of 4 days of Level 2 training shall be completed with an IRATA Member Company.
  • 1 day assessment by an IRATA Assessor.

Expired Level 2

If your IRATA Level 2 has expired, you should arrange with an IRATA Training Company to attend a refresher day training. You will then need to attend a minimum of 4 days of training followed by 1 full day of assessment. A new Level 2 certificate will be issued from the date of your successful assessment.

Can I upgrade to Level 3, even though my ticket has expired?

If your qualification has expired by up to 6 months, you need to regain your IRATA Level 2 before you are able to sit your Level 3.

  • Attend a minimum of 4 days of Level 2 training, followed by 1 day of assessment.

Once you have gained your IRATA Level 2 again, you will need to complete the following requirements prior to attending a Level 3 training course:

  • Obtain a reference from the recent Level 2 training company to confirm that they demonstrated good attitude and competance.
  • Attain a minimum of “Good Standard” on the recent Level 2 assessment
  • Complete a minimum of 3 months work experience after regaining Level 1. This shall include a minimum of 150 hours logged.
  • Total logged rope access hours shall be in excess of 1150 hours as a Level 2 (running total shall be in excess of 2150 hours).
  • Rope access work experience shall be over a minimum 12 months of active work.
  • A minimum of 4 days of Level 3 training shall be completed with an IRATA Member Company.
  • 1 day assessment by an IRATA Assessor to Level 3.

Expired Level 3

If you have allowed your IRATA Level 3 ticket to expire and wish to re-valididate your qualification, you will need to arrange a refresher day of training with an IRATA Member Company.

This training should be sufficient to refresh all previously assesses techniques and theory. Where a change to the syllabus has occurred since previous assessment then additional time should be allowed for, to ensure that these topics are covered in training.

  • A minimum of 4 days of Level 3 training shall be completed with an IRATA Member Company.
  • 1 day assessment by an IRATA Assessor to Level 3.
I’ve lost my Logbook! Can I get a new one?

Yes you can get a replacement copy of your IRATA Logbook!!

Because all IRATA qualifications are registered directly to, and issued from IRATA head office in the UK, you need to get into contact with them to arrange for a new Logbook.

Replacement Certificates, ID cards and Logbooks can be arranged by contacting: LogBookRequest@irata.org

From the 1st of May 2014 all candidates MUST present an IRATA Logbook to be eligible to sit their Assessment. No Logbook, and you will not be able to sit your assessment.

All logbooks must be filled out in the correct manner, and be signed off by a Level 3, or your job site manager / supervisor.

I’ve lost my IRATA Certificate / ID Card! Can I replace it?

Yes you can replace your IRATA Certificate and / or your IRATA ID card!

Because all IRATA qualifications are registered directly to, and issued from IRATA head office in the UK, you need to get into contact with them to arrange for a replacement certificate / ID card.

Replacement Certificates, ID cards and Logbooks can be arranged by contacting: LogBookRequest@irata.org

Why should I train at 5th Point?

We are the premier IRATA International training company in New Zealand, training all IRATA technicians in the region for the past 7 years.

Originally founded in 2002 in Sydney, Australia, 5th Point began running IRATA Training Courses in New Zealand in 2009. With over 15 years experience as an IRATA Member Company, we began running courses in Christchurch, Auckland, Queenstown and Wellington.

5th Point established the first dedicated, purpose built industrial rope access training facility in the country. We have a dedicated team of locals in place in Wellington, committed to providing the best training, customer service, product information, system design and solutions.

We primarily train the only internationally recognised industrial rope access qualification (IRATA) and hold full membership with IRATA in both training and operations.

All training provided is delivered by expert instructors in a practical training environment utilising real world instructor experience and examples.

Within our core training team, we have qualified IRATA Assessors, Instructors and Assistant Instructors, many of whom sit on IRATA International committees, including the Health & Safety Committee, Training Committee and the Executive Committee. We are heavily involved with the Regional Advisory Committee of IRATA Australia, and continue our involvement with Work Safe NZ and IRAANZ to ensure that the rope access industry in New Zealand continues to move towards being a safe and accessible. All of our Instructors have global training experience, delivering the IRATA course syllabus in multiple countries.

5th Point has well and truly established itself within the Oceana region as the leading IRATA International training provider. Our name is synonymous with expert knowledge.

I need to change my course booking, who do I contact?

We understand that sometimes work timetables change in this industry. Because of this, we are happy to adjust bookings.

Just a few things to keep in mind though:

If you can – please give us as much notice as possible as positions on courses are limited.

When a booking has been changed consecutively, a non-attendance fee of $340.00 AUD may apply in extreme circumstances as last minute changes can drastically affect candidate to instructor ratios.

For all enquiries you can contact the Sydney office for more information about your course booking:

training@5thpoint.com.au or call +61 (0)2 9939 6140

I want to upgrade my qualification, but my ticket has expired.

It is vital that you keep track of when your IRATA qualification expires. Technicians who allow their qualification to expire may be at risk of losing their current level of certification.

Expired Level 1

Can I upgrade from Level 1 to Level 2 even though my ticket has expired? I have over 1000 hours logged.

If your qualification has expired by up to 6 months, you need to regain your IRATA Level 1 before you are able to sit your Level 2. Once you have gained your IRATA Level 1 again, you will need to complete the following requirements prior to attending a Level 2 training course:

  • Obtain a reference from the recent Level 1 training company to confirm that they demonstrated good attitude and competance.
  • Attain a minimum of “Good Standard” on the recent Level 1 assessment
  • Complete a minimum of 3 months work experience after regaining Level 1. This shall include a minimum of 150 hours logged.
  • Total logged rope access hours shall be in excess of 1150 hours.
  • Rope access work experience shall be over a minimum 12 months of active work.
  • A minimum of 4 days of Level 2 training shall be completed with an IRATA Member Company.
  • 1 day assessment by an IRATA Assessor.

Expired Level 2

Can I upgrade to Level 3, even though my ticket has expired?

If your qualification has expired by up to 6 months, you need to regain your IRATA Level 2 before you are able to sit your Level 3.

  • Attend a minimum of 4 days of Level 2 training, followed by 1 day of assessment.

Once you have gained your IRATA Level 2 again, you will need to complete the following requirements prior to attending a Level 3 training course:

  • Obtain a reference from the recent Level 2 training company to confirm that they demonstrated good attitude and competance.
  • Attain a minimum of “Good Standard” on the recent Level 2 assessment
  • Complete a minimum of 3 months work experience after regaining Level 1. This shall include a minimum of 150 hours logged.
  • Total logged rope access hours shall be in excess of 1150 hours as a Level 2 (running total shall be in excess of 2150 hours).
  • Rope access work experience shall be over a minimum 12 months of active work.
  • A minimum of 4 days of Level 3 training shall be completed with an IRATA Member Company.
  • 1 day assessment by an IRATA Assessor to Level 3.

Expired Level 3

If you have allowed your IRATA Level 3 ticket to expire and wish to re-valididate your qualification, you will need to arrange a refresher day of training with an IRATA Member Company.

This training should be sufficient to refresh all previously assesses techniques and theory. Where a change to the syllabus has occurred since previous assessment then additional time should be allowed for, to ensure that these topics are covered in training.

  • A minimum of 4 days of Level 3 training shall be completed with an IRATA Member Company.
  • 1 day assessment by an IRATA Assessor to Level 3.
Can I apply for Direct Entry into Level 2?

This process is a lengthy one, and requires substantial paperwork.

Level 2 Direct Entry:

The run down is that we need a detailed CV of all rope access work, a log book with all hours signed off and details including date, location, type of site, height, working role, access method, and type of work listed, as well as the employing company, total hours worked and validation of those hours through either a supervisor/level 3/job manager/company owners signature and/or statement/ that hours completed are accurate as per the job. Verification can be achieved through signatures  and/or statements from the manager/supervisor who was on-site during the logged hours.

We also require any certificates/qualifications (expired Level 1, confined space, working at height, ARAA qualification etc.) as well as all relevant course & training syllabuses.

A total of 1500 hours of logged rope access experience are required; however 500 of those need to be need to be with a company with documented operating procedures and policies. These hours are different from the 1000 hours required of referenced work experience.

Please be aware that hours that are unacceptable include: both professional and sporting caving, climbing, mountaineering, canyoning; professional and voluntary rescue services including mountain rescue, emergency services, international rescue organisations; military training; other categories of work at height including, fall arrest, cradles, scaffold, work restraint, single rope systems, tree work, training other forms of work at height.

This paperwork is then combined, and sent off to an Independent IRATA Verifier. This incurs a 100 pound administration fee that you are liable to pay.

If your application is unsuccessful then you will need to complete your Level 1, wait 12 months and log 1000 hours before you can sit your Level 2 as per the IRATA entry procedure.

If the verification processes is successful and approved by the independent verifier – you are all set to go for your Direct Entry into Level 2.

It is 5th Points training policy that all approved Direct Entries undertake 8 days of training and two independent assessments.

This is effectively the equivalent of two courses; allowing you, as the candidate, to ensure that you are up to standards that IRATA have founded their world wide reputation on – training and application the safest methods of rope access.

As a training company, we maintain the expectations for all Level 2 Direct Entries: that any method/technique your IRATA Instructor asks you to do that is expected of a Level 1, you will be able to do without correction.

By undertaking 8 days of training and two independent assessments you will be able to ensure that you have consolidated your knowledge of Level 1 rope access techniques, and up-skilled to the requirements and techniques expected of a Level 2 rope access technician.

Courses with 5th Point in Australia cost $1,760.00 AUD. This is for four days training and one day assessment.

Approved Direct Entry in Australia costs $3,240.00 AUD. This is for 8 days of training, and two assessments.

All course fees must be paid in full before the first day of your course. For direct entry, it is possible to pay in two instalments of $1,760.00 and $1,480.00 respectively.

Can I apply for Direct Entry into Level 3?

Similar to the Direct Entry process for Level 2; but more comprehensive.

Total logged industrial rope access hours shall exceed 2500.

Acceptable hours are those where the applicant has been involved in industrial rope access work using a double rope system comparable to the IRATA system of work.

Acceptable hours may include: working from double ropes, working from double aid climb, rigging double rope systems, inspecting rope access equipment, training people in the use of an industrial double rope access systems.

Hours that are normally unacceptable include: both professional and sporting caving, climbing, mountaineering, canyoning; professional and voluntary rescue services including mountain rescue, emergency services, international rescue organisations; military training; other categories of work at height including, fall arrest, cradles, scaffold, work restraint, single rope systems, tree work, training other forms of work at height.

Where an applicant does not conform to the above criteria of acceptable logged hours approval should be sought from the verifier prior to any training or assessment taking place. The verifier will need to see all available work experience documentation. He should consult with a second verifier and the Training Committee Chairman before reaching a decision. The increased verifier fee (~100 pounds) will normally be charged in these cases.

Industrial rope access experience shall have been gained over a period exceeding 24 months. This should consist of a regular working pattern during this time period. It is not acceptable to claim a few intense working periods with long dormant periods in between. Where this is the case a longer period of experience is required.

Whilst it is not necessary to have previous supervisory experience, a direct entry Level 3 shall provide two references from present or previous employers recommending his/her ability as a work team supervisor.

Documentation required to support a direct entry application. 

All documentation shall be provided in English or with written English translation.

Direct entry applicants shall provide suitable and sufficient documented evidence to support their application. Where possible this should be supplied in electronic format. The following list details the minimum requirement:

  • Work at height CV
  • Previous Work Log
  • References
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Employing company details
  • First aid certificate (level 3 only)
Validation of hours – summary Level 2 Level 3
Previous work log hours 1500 2500
Of which references must support 1000 2000
Of which operating procedures must cover 500 1000

Work at height CV 

The applicant shall briefly detail his/her work at height history. This may include background employment history, sporting interests (caving/climbing etc), military training and any other aspect the candidate thinks is relevant.

Previous Work Log 

This should be submitted in Microsoft Word/Excel or hand drawn format so that the boxes may be expanded to allow room for more detail [example Appendix 1]

Date 

This shall contain individual days of work or consecutive days, without breaks, of work periods. This shall clearly demonstrate to the verifier the number of hours per day being claimed. Entries such as –June 150 hours-will not be considered appropriate.

Location 

Give details of the geographical location of the work site including country.

Type of site 

Briefly describe the site i.e. residential 1960’s tower block, oil tanker at sea, un-manned offshore platform, football stadium under construction, concrete water tower etc

Height 

Approximate maximum height worked at, given in metres.

Position 

Describe your working role i.e. Supervisor, technician, trainer etc

Access method 

Describe the technical method of access, for example; double rope abseil, aid climb on wire strops, retractable fall arrest, work restraint latchway etc. Reference shall also be made to standard operating procedure as detailed separately.

Works 

Give details of the type of work i.e. ultra-sonic inspection to riser pipe welds, painting roof truss, removing loose concrete, re-instate mastic, installing rock fall defence mesh, cleaning windows, training fall arrest course etc

Employing company 

Give full contact details of employing company including a web site address. Where the employing company maybe unknown to either the training company and/or the verifier details of the company’s core business and how rope access is used within that business shall also be explained. This should be provided on a separate sheet of paper.

Hours 

Hours shall be given for each individual date or run of unbroken dates as indicated in the first column. Hours shall reflect only those hours spent directly involved in rope access duties, i.e. working on ropes, rigging, inspecting, training others etc. They shall not include total hours on site or total hours paid. It is generally accepted within the IRATA system that hours on rope will not exceed two thirds to three quarters of the hours spent on site, often less.

Validation 

Ideally hours should be validated by an IRATA level 3. Where this is not possible the name of the supervisor or manager should be given, including his/her position in the company and contact details. This person may be contacted by the training company or verifier.

References

The applicant shall provide work at height references from present and/or previous employers. The references shall give details of the time period engaged in work at height, validation of any rope hours, details of the rope access system of work (confirming double rope system for example), contact details and position in company of signatory.

The applicant shall provide references confirming 1000 hours for level 2 and 2000 hours for level 3. This recognises the difficulty candidates may have in obtaining references for the whole 1500 (level 2) or 2500 (level 3) hours required in total.

A direct entry level 3 shall provide, as part of his/her other references, two statements recommending him/her for a work team supervisory position.

Standard Operating Procedures 

The applicant shall provide evidence of working with a double rope system (double aid climbing system included) comparable to the IRATA system of work. This detailed evidence shall be supplied for a minimum of 500 hours at level 2, and 1000 hours at level 3. One of the two following methods shall be considered suitable evidence;

1. Relevant sections of Company Operating Procedures may be presented provided they are clearly authorised by the company and the company is one of those supplying a reference.

2. Where this is not possible a self certified Standard Operating Procedure may be used. The applicant shall describe, in his own words, the operating procedures used in relation to the references detailed in the section above. The technical work method (may include risk assessment and method statement if available), equipment used, team structure, inspection regime, any prior training and rescue provision should all be described. The document shall be signed by the applicant as a true reflection of the working procedure. Photographs showing work method should be included if available.

Employing Company details 

Where the employing company is unknown to the training company and/or the verifier the applicant shall supply further details. This shall include full contact details, including company web site and/or company brochure. Details of the company’s core business and how rope access is used within that business should also be explained. This information is essential to provide the verifier with an overview of the candidate’s work experience.

Training and Assessment. 

Direct entry training, as with all other IRATA training, shall only be undertaken by full or probationary training member companies (See General Requirements 8.1, 9.1 & 9.7.10)

The applicant shall be sponsored by a full or probationary IRATA member company who shall assume overall responsibility for the direct entry candidate. In the absence of any other specified sponsor, this responsibility shall be assumed by the training company.

The training company shall be responsible for checking that the applicant complies with the direct entry requirements and can provide all necessary documentation of previous experience to support the application. If there is any doubt as to the candidates eligibility then an IRATA verifier should be contacted for advice and possible pre-vetting.

Language issues shall be addressed when designing training programmes. Where necessary this shall include providing an interpreter for the delivery of training, and written translations of technical (training) manuals, assessment questions and other relevant documents

It is essential that an experienced trainer, preferably a level 3T, delivers direct entry training. For the avoidance of doubt, this shall be the trainer who delivers (hands on) the training for the duration of the course.

The candidate shall complete sufficient training to include all aspects of the syllabus relevant to the level to which he/she shall be assessed. (Refer to General Requirements). Where there are language issues, large candidate numbers, varied candidate levels or limitations of the venue then increased training and assessment times must be considered. Minimum training times Training Assessment
Level 2 4 days 2 days
Level 3 4 days 2 days

If your application is unsuccessful then you will need to complete your Level 1, wait 12 months and log 1000 hours before you can sit your Level 2 as per the IRATA entry procedure.

If the verification processes is successful and approved by the independent verifier – you are all set to go for your Direct Entry into Level 2.

It is 5th Points training policy that all approved Direct Entries undertake 8 days of training and two independent assessments.

This is effectively the equivalent of two courses; allowing you, as the candidate, to ensure that you are up to standards that IRATA have founded their world wide reputation on – training and application the safest methods of rope access.

As a training company, we maintain the expectations for all Level 3 Direct Entries: that any method/technique your IRATA Instructor asks you to do that is expected of a Level 1 / Level 2, you will be able to do without correction.

By undertaking 8 days of training and two independent assessments you will be able to ensure that you have consolidated your knowledge of Level 2 rope access techniques, and up-skilled to the requirements and techniques expected of a Level 3 rope access technician.

Courses with 5th Point in Australia cost $1,760.00 AUD. This is for four days training and one day assessment.

Approved Direct Entry in Australia costs $3,240.00 AUD. This is for 8 days of training, and two assessments.

All course fees must be paid in full before the first day of your course. For direct entry, it is possible to pay in two instalments of $1,760.00 and $1,480.00 respectively.

I have not been working on the ropes for 6 months (or more), do I need to attend a refresher training day?

If you have not been working on the ropes for 6 or more months, then you must attend a refresher days training prior to working on the ropes.

5th Point Australia runs free training nights in Sydney every 3 months (advertised on our Facebook Page), allowing anyone in the rope access industry the chance to train under the supervision of IRATA Level 3 Instructors.

If you are not able to attend that particular day, then you do have the chance of attending a refresher day training when one of our IRATA Courses is running.

To arrange this, please contact training@5thpoint.com.au to find out availabilities, dates and times.

Where is the 5th Point website for Australia?

The 5th Point Australia website is found here:

www.5thpoint.com.au

You can also check out our Facebook pages for regular updates:

Australia: www.facebook.com/5thpoint

New Zealand: www.facebook.com/5thPointNewZealand

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