OTDL

The Rope Access Technicians Organisation was established in 2009 on the initiative of a dozen or so specialists in the field of rope access (industrial alpinism) having international qualifications and experience, joined by the media reporting on work at heights. The OTDL certificate is currently the most recognised and generally accepted document on the territory of Poland. Due to the high standard of training, quality-wise it is does not deviate from other international organisations and is increasingly recognised abroad. What distinguishes OTDL compared to other organisations are demanding requirements for instructors, examiners and training supervisors as well as examinations according to norms, standards and legal regulations in force on the territory of Poland.

OTDL associates employees and entrepreneurs using rope access techniques. The aim of the Organisation’s activities is to improve work safety at heights, increase the prestige of the profession, enforce new regulations in the field of work at heights, and shape professional ethics.

If you want to find out more about OTDL, take a look at the organisation’s website at www.otdl.org

The 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, and production industries. The training courses are addressed to both beginners and advanced trainees who require a unification or certification of their experience.

Levels and pricing

ROPE ACCESS TECHNICIAN (P1) – Training addressed to beginners, including those with no experience, even those who did not have any contact with the ropes at all.
A trainee learns the basics of workstation construction and self-rescue methods. A trainee can carry out works using rope access under supervision.

Training Price: 1700 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

*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.

Expiration

The OTDL certificate is valid for 3 years.

Courses Calendar – check here

ROPE ACCESS SPECIALIST (P2) – Training addressed to experienced technicians with P1 level qualifications.
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. A trainee can carry out works using rope access under supervision.

Training Price: 1700 PLN

REQUIREMENTS:

  • over 19 years old
  • no health contraindications* to work at heights – all trainees shall sign a relevant statement before the beginning of the training
  • a valid P1 certificate with a minimum of one year of experience and 1000 hours logged since the day of passing the first OTDL exam (hours recorded in the work journal)

*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.

 

Expiration

The OTDL certificate is valid for 3 years.

Courses Calendar – check here

ROPE ACCESS TECHNICIAN – SUPERVISOR (P3) – The training addressed to experienced technicians performing or planning to perform managerial functions, fully independent and responsible for the safety at the worksite.
A trainee acquires knowledge and skills necessary to organise and supervise the work of other (P1, P2) technicians. The programme includes extensive theoretical and practical training in advanced rescue techniques, legal provisions and the OTDL certification system.

Training Price: 1700 PLN

REQUIREMENTS:

  • be no less than 20 years of age
  • no health contraindications* to work at heights – all trainees shall sign a relevant statement before the beginning of the training;
  • a valid P2 certificate with a minimum of one year of experience and 1000 hours logged since the day of passing the first OTDL exam (hours recorded in the work journal)
  • certificate confirming the completion of the first aid course (valid for 3 years)

*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.

Expiration

The OTDL certificate is valid for 3 years.

Courses Calendar – check

 

DIRECT TRANSITION to P2 or P3 level

Direct transition is a procedure that allows people with appropriate experience and training in rope access to obtain OTDL level 2, 3 or instructor certification without the need to qualify for lower levels. Prior to the verification process for level 2, 3 or instructor qualification, the candidate must submit the complete documentation confirming previous experience and qualifications at the OTDL office. People who have not completed any rope access training in the past cannot apply for the direct transition procedure. Candidates are expected to complete a technical training appropriate for a given level and submit to an examination before the OTDL Examiner. Candidates who are not completely convinced about their qualifications should consider joining the OTDL system at the Rope Access Technician (P1) level and submitting to the standard certification procedure at subsequent levels.

Detailed information on the Direct Transition Procedure are available in the following document:

Procedures-direct-transitiondownload file

If you have additional questions, our expert remains at your disposal: d.szmajda@gat-int.com

Direct transition to level P2 – Rope Access Specialist

  • a candidate should have at least 3 years of experience in carrying out project with rope access technique using two ropes. The experience is counted from the date of the completion of the first rope access course. During this period, the candidate should have accumulated experience with a minimum of 2000 hours of rope access
  • a candidate must meet all the requirements specified for the level of the Rope Access Specialist, included in the Guidelines of Rope Access Techniques Organisation Certification System

 

Direct transition to P3 level – Rope Access Technician – Supervisor

  • a candidate should have a minimum of 4 years of experience in rope access works using two ropes. The experience is counted from the date of completion of the first rope access course. During this period, the candidate should have accumulated the minimum of 3000 hours of rope access activity
  • a candidate must meet all the requirements specified for the level of the Rope Access Technician – Supervisor, included in the Guidelines of Rope Access Techniques Organisation Certification System
  • a candidate should present at least two reference lists, from actual or former employers, recommending him to lead a team

 

Guidelines of the Rope Access Technicians Organisation Certification System – download file.

 

Courses Calendar – check here

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 OTDL 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 biuro@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 OTDL Certification Scheme to maintain given credentials.