IRATA

The Industrial Rope Access Trade Association “IRATA” is the most prestigious and well-known certification organisation for rope access technicians.

IRATA certified qualifications are recognised world-wide. They are accepted as the highest standard qualification for rope access. IRATA has over 400 member companies and over 100,000 trained technicians working in all possible sectors. In the oil & gas industry, it is often the only accepted certificate.

GAT International is an “Operator & Trainer” IRATA member registered under the number 6021/OT.

The IRATA training course is intended for all professional groups working at heights, especially in the areas with limited access. Rope access is particularly useful in construction, energy, maritime and petrochemical industries. The training courses are addressed to both beginners and advanced trainees who require a unification or certification of their experience. If you are planning work projects outside of Poland, then our training is what you are looking for.

The IRATA certificate is the most prestigious and well-known qualification for rope access technicians, accepted, and in fact required, world-wide.

IRATA TRAINING COURSES
IRATA
qualifications are based on the Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS) document, divided into the following levels set and maintained by the association: LEVELS 1/2/3 and Direct Entry Level 2 & 3 (Direct transition to L2/L3)

Levels and pricing

LEVEL 1 TECHNICIAN

The training is addressed to beginners including those with no experience, even those who did not have any contact with ropes at all.
A trainee learns the basics of workstation construction and rescue operations. According to the IRATA system, a trainee should work under the supervision of a person with IRATA L3 qualifications (other systems such as OTDL / SPRAT supervision is also applicable).

Price: 3000 PLN

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • minimum age of 18 years
  • no health contraindications* to work at heights – all trainees shall sign a relevant statement before the beginning of the training
  • overall good physical and psychological condition that allows to participate in workshop every day
  • no previous experience is required

*Contraindications: Heart disease or chest pains / high blood pressure / epilepsy / fainting / altitude anxiety / dizziness / balance disorders / limb function disorders / alcohol dependence or drug-abuse / psychiatric disorders / diabetes.

The training lasts the minimum of 4 days (theory and practice) + 1 day exam. The final exam consists of an independent assessment performed by an external examiner who comes to the training centre.

Expiration

The IRATA certificate is valid for 3 years. The expiration date is specified on the certificate along with the indication of the last day when the approach to the next certification can be made. Should the expiration date have passed, the technician loses the current level credentials as well as the opportunity to enter the next level of training.

Courses Calendar – check here

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LEVEL 2 TECHNICIAN

The training is addressed to experienced, LEVEL I certified technicians.
A trainee acquires knowledge and skills necessary for complex workstations construction as well as the construction of and operation of hoist/exhaust systems, and participation in rescue procedures.
According to the IRATA system, a trainee should work under the supervision of a person with IRATA L3 qualifications (other systems such as OTDL / SPRAT supervision is also applicable).

 

Price: 3000 PLN

REQUIREMENTS:

  • minimum age of 18 years
  • no health contraindications* to work at heights – all trainees sign a relevant statement before the beginning of the training
  • overall good physical and psychological condition that allows to participate in classes every day
  • a valid L1 certificate with a minimum of one year of experience and 1000 hours logged since the day of passing the first IRATA exam (hours recorded in the logbook, which is obtained after the first passed IRATA exam)

*Contraindications: Heart disease or chest pains / high blood pressure / epilepsy / fainting / altitude anxiety / dizziness / balance disorders / limb function disorders / alcohol dependence or drug-abuse / psychiatric disorders / diabetes.

The training lasts the minimum of 4 days (theory and practice) + 1 day exam. The final exam consists of an independent assessment performed by an external examiner who comes to the training centre.

Expiration

The IRATA certificate is valid for 3 years. The expiration date is specified on the certificate along with the indication of the last day when the approach to the next certification can be made. Should the expiration date have passed, the technician loses the current level credentials as well as the opportunity to enter the next level of training.

Courses Calendar – check here2

IRATA SUPERVISOR

The training is addressed to experienced technicians performing or planning to perform managerial functions, fully independent and responsible for the safety at the work site.

A trainee acquires knowledge and skills necessary to organise and supervise the work of other (Level I and II) technicians.
The course programme includes extensive theoretical and practical training in advanced rescue techniques, legal provisions and the IRATA certification scheme. 

Price: 3000 PLN

REQUIREMENTS:

  • minimum age of 18 years
  • no health contraindications* to work at heights – all trainees shall sign a relevant statement before the beginning of the training
  • overall good physical and psychological condition that allows to participate in classes every day
  • a valid L2 certificate with a minimum of one year of experience and 1000 hours logged since the day of passing the L2 IRATA exam (hours recorded in the logbook)

*Contraindications: Heart disease or chest pains / high blood pressure / epilepsy / fainting / altitude anxiety / dizziness / balance disorders / limb function disorders / alcohol dependence or drug-abuse / psychiatric disorders / diabetes.

The training lasts the minimum of 4 days (theory and practice) + 1 day exam. The final exam consists of an independent assessment performed by an external examiner who comes to the training centre.

Expiration

The IRATA certificate is valid for 3 years. The expiration date is specified on the certificate along with the indication of the last day when the approach to the next certification can be made.  Should the expiration date have passed, the technician loses the current level credentials as well as the opportunity to enter the next level of training.

Courses Calendar – check here3

DIRECT ENTRY LEVELS 2 & 3 (direct transition)

Direct Entry System – direct transition enables people with extensive rope access experience to become L2 or L3 qualified without the need to go through training courses for lower levels. Direct entry courses are addressed to people experienced in working on two ropes. The candidate must prepare documentation confirming previous experience and qualifications, which will be verified by the IRATA Association. Once the documents are verified, the candidate can move on to the training for a given level according to additional requirements.

 

Courses Calendar – check here

Price: 5500 PLN

Prerequisites that must be met for direct transition to LEVEL 2 are:

  • at least 1500 hours accumulated while working on ropes, during a minimum of 18 months of systematic intensive work. Credit is received for working hours in a two-line system comparable to the IRATA system, as well as any other qualifications obtained through other organisations (OTDL, SPRAT and others)
  • references from companies / clients (including full contact details) from the completed work period for a minimum of 1000 work hours
  • the CV of a Candidate

Prerequisites that must be met for direct transition to LEVEL 3 are:

  • at least 2,500 hours accumulated while working on ropes over 24 months of systematic work. Credit is received for working hours in a two-line system comparable to the IRATA system, as well as any other qualifications obtained through other organisations (OTDL, SPRAT and others)
  • references from companies / clients (including full contact details) from the completed work period for a minimum of 1000 work hours
  • letter of intent from a company having IRATA accreditation, confirming the willingness to hire a candidate after a passed exam
  • the CV of a Candidate

Complete documentation should be sent to: training@gat-int.com. After positive verification, you can sign up for the training.

The waiting time for the decision on admission to the training – up to 4 weeks.

A DE training lasts the minimum of 4 days (theory and practice) + 2 days independent assessment.

 

 (Documents for download)

Previous Works record

Previous Works Record WZOR2 & 3

EXPIRY OF IRATA QUALIFICATIONS / CERTIFICATE PAST EXPIRATION DATE

Option also addressed to people whose certificate has lost its validity and are willing to approach the next level.

PROCEDURE IN SPECIFIC SITUATIONS:

L1 – Certificate has expired.  Technician wants to renew L1 credentials.

  • Technician must complete the training again, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.

The new L1 certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of passing the new exam.

L1 – Certificate has expired, but not longer than up to 6 months have passed.  Technician wants to move on to L2 training.

  • Technician must complete a revalidating L1 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.
  • Pass the exam with “Good” result.
  • After passing the exam, complete a minimum of 150 working hours within 3 months.
  • Before entering the training and exam for L2, have entries in the logbook for the total of at least 1150 hours.
  • Finally, technician can take an L2 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.

The newly acquired L2 certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of the exam.

L1 – Certificate has expired, over 6 months have passed from the expiration date. Technician wants to get L2 credentials.

  • Technician must complete a revalidating L1 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.
  • Pass the exam with “Good” result.
  • After passing the exam, complete a minimum of 300 working hours within 6 months.
  • Before entering the training and exam for L2, have entries in the logbook for the total of at least 1300 hours.
  • Finally, the technician can take an L2 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.

The newly acquired L2 certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of the exam.

L2 – Certificate has expired, but not longer than up to 6 months have passed. Technician wants to renew L2 credentials.

  • Technician must once again complete the L2 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.

The newly acquired L2 certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of the exam.

L2 – Certificate has lost its validity, over 6 months, but no more than up to 24 months have passed. Technician wants to renew L2 credentials.

  • Technician should complete a one-day refresher course at an accredited GAT training centre, where the trainee will demonstrate techniques from levels L1 and L2.
  • Receive a logbook entry along with a stamp confirming the completion of the refresher course at the GAT training centre.
  • Technician can take an L2 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.

The newly acquired L2 certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of the exam.

L2 – Certificate is no longer valid, over 24 months have passed from the expiration date. Technician wants to renew L2 credentials.

  • Technician must complete a revalidating L1 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.
  • Pass the exam with “Good” result.
  • After passing the exam, complete a minimum of 150 working hours within 3 months.
  • Before entering the training and exam for L2, have entries in the logbook for the total of at least 1150 hours.
  • Finally, the technician can take an L2 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.

The newly acquired L2 certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of the exam.

L2 – Certificate has expired, but not longer than up to 6 months have passed.  Technician wants to get L3 credentials.

  • Technician must complete a revalidating L2 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.
  • Pass the exam with “Good” result.
  • After passing the exam, complete a minimum of 150 working hours within 3 months.
  • Before entering the training and exam on L2, have entries in the logbook for the total of at least 1150 hours.
  • Finally, the technician can take an L3 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.

The newly acquired L3 certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of the exam.

L2 – Certificate has lost its validity, over 6 months, but no more than up to 24 months have passed.  Technician wants to get L3 credentials.

  • Technician should complete a one-day refresher course at an accredited GAT training centre, where the trainee will demonstrate techniques from levels L1 and L2.
  • Receive a logbook entry along with a stamp confirming the completion of the refresher course at the GAT training centre.
  • Technician must complete an L2 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.
  • After passing the exam, complete a minimum of 300 working hours within 6 months.
  • Before entering the training and exam for L3, the candidate should have entries in the logbook for the total of at least 1300 hours as an L2 technician.
  • Finally, the technician can take an L3 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.

The newly acquired L3 certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of the exam.

L2 – Certificate is no longer valid, over 24 months have passed from the expiration date.  Technician wants to get L3 credentials.

  • Technician must complete a revalidating L1 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.
  • Pass the exam with “Good” result.
  • After passing the exam, complete a minimum of 150 working hours within 3 months.
  • Before entering the training and exam on L2, have entries in the logbook for the total of at least 1150 hours.
  • Then, the technician must once again complete an L2 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.
  • After passing the exam, complete a minimum of 300 working hours within 6 months.
  • Before entering the L3 training and exam, the candidate should have entries in the logbook for the total of at least 1300 hour as an L2 technicians.
  • Finally, the technician can take an L3 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.

The newly acquired L3 certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of the exam.

L3 – Certificate has expired, but not longer than up to 6 months have passed.  Technician wants to renew L3 credentials.

  • Technician must once again take an L3 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.

The newly acquired L2 certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of the exam.

L3 – Certificate has lost its validity, over 6 months, but no more than up to 24 months have passed. Technician wants to renew L3 credentials.

  • Technician should complete a one-day refresher course at an accredited GAT training centre, where the trainee will demonstrate techniques from levels L1, L2 and L3.
  • Receive a logbook entry along with a stamp confirming the completion of the refresher course at the GAT training centre.
  • Technician must complete a revalidating L3 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.

The newly acquired L3 certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of the exam.

L3 – Certificate is no longer valid, over 24 months have passed from the expiration date.  Technician wants to renew L3 credentials.

  • Technician must complete an L2 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.
  • Pass the exam with “Good” result.
  • After passing the exam, complete a minimum of 300 working hours within 3 months.
  • Finally, the technician can take an L3 course, which lasts 4 days + 1-day independent assessment.

The newly acquired L3 certificate is valid for 3 years from the date of the exam.

During the training course, we provide:

  • accommodation included in the price (earlier booking is required as well as an advance – the number of beds is limited);
  • course materials;
  • equipment necessary to perform exercises (personal protective equipment cat. 3);
  • meal (lunch);
  • hot drinks (coffee, tea) and cold (water) and “sweet snacks”.

Frequently Asked Questions

No! Level L1 has been designed in a way so that a person who has not had any contact with work at heights easily gets acquainted with the basic rules of working on ropes throughout the training week.   Immediately following the course, the trainee could start working as a so-called industrial climber.

Training in the IRATA scheme lasts the minimum of 4 days (theory and practice) with a 1-day exam).

The final exam consists of an independent assessment performed by an external examiner who comes to the training centre.

The easiest way would be to do it through our website by filling out the contact form, or in case of any problems, you can email us at training@gat-int.com to receive detailed information.

Very much so! Although it is an industry dominated by men, many women work as industrial climbers. Do not be surprised if a woman is one of the instructors!

Heart disease or chest pains / high blood pressure / epilepsy / fainting / altitude anxiety / dizziness / balance disorders / limb function disorders / alcohol dependence or drug-abuse / psychiatric disorders / diabetes.

In general, you should be in a good physical and psychological condition that will allow you to fully participate in the practical workshop every day.

  • loose, clean, and comfortable clothes – not restricting your movements
  • personal work gloves, eg: rubber coated
  • footwear with a stiff sole
  • positive attitude.

After passing the exam, each of the trainees receives:

  • a certificate and ID card delivered by post;
  • daily work journal – the so-called logbook – if you have passed the L1 exam, or one of the direct entry levels, delivered also by post.

Each certificate is valid for 3 years. Before the end of this period, you should undergo a refresher course or upgrade to the next level. If the certificate is out-of-date, please follow the rules described in the IRATA Certification Scheme to maintain given credentials.

It is important to maintain the continuity of work and keep activity at a minimum of one working hour not less than once every 6 months. After 6 months without rope access activity you should take a refresher course under the supervision of an L3 IRATA technician.