SPRAT

SPRAT – International Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians based in the United States. The organisation was founded in the mid-90s. It focuses on developing the principles of safe navigation on ropes by developing standards, providing education and issuing certificates. The SPRAT certificate is compulsory mainly within the United States. The structure of training and work techniques to a large extent resemble the principles that apply in other systems, therefore it is also recognised in other regions of the world.

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.

SPRAT is also the most popular system for rope access technicians alongside IRATA. If you plan to travel outside of Poland, in particular around the Americas – this training is just what you are looking for.

Levels and pricing

LEVEL I TECHNICIAN (Rope Access Worker)

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 self-rescue methods. According to the SPRAT system, a trainee should work under the supervision of a person with SPRAT Level III 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 the 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.

Courses Calendar – check here

LEVEL II TECHNICIAN (Rope Access Lead Technician)

The training is addressed to experienced, LEVEL I certified technicians.
The trainee acquires knowledge and skills necessary for complex workstations construction as well as the construction and operation of hoist/exhaust systems, and participation in rescue procedures. According to the SPRAT system, a trainee should work under the supervision of a person with SPRAT Level III 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 the workshop every day
  • a valid LEVEL I certificate with a minimum of 6 months of experience and 500 hours logged since the day of passing the first SPRAT exam (hours recorded in the logbook, which is obtained after the first passed SPRAT 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.

Courses Calendar – check here

LEVEL III TECHNICIAN (Rope Access 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.
The trainee acquires knowledge and skills necessary to organise and supervise the work of other (LEVEL I and II) technicians. The programme includes extensive theoretical and practical training in advanced rescue techniques, legal provisions and the SPRAT certification system.

 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 the workshop every day
  • a valid LEVEL II certificate with a minimum of 6 months of experience and 500 hours logged since the day of passing the Level II SPRAT exam (hours recorded in the logbook, which is obtained after the first passed SPRAT exam).  Additionally, a trainee should have a first-aid and CPR/AED certification

 

*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.

Courses Calendar – check here

DIRECT ENTRY LEVEL II & III

Direct Entry, meaning a direct transition to LEVEL II or LEVEL III without the need to go through the training course for lower levels. The course is 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 SPRAT Association. Once the documents are verified, the candidate can move on to the training for a given level according to additional requirements.

Price: 5500 PLN

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

  • completion of the registration form;
  • at least 500 hours worked on ropes – logged in the logbook (available for download below);
  • references from two employers / clients confirming work using rope access technique;
  • an L2 certificate in another system (IRATA, OTDL, other);
  • the entry fee payment. 

 

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

  • completion of the registration form;
  • at least 1000 hours worked on ropes – logged in the logbook (available for download below);
  • references from two employers / clients confirming work using rope access technique;
  • an L3 certificate in another system (IRATA, OTDL, other);
  • additionally, a trainee should have a first-aid and CPR/AED certification;
  • the CV of the candidate;
  • the entry fee payment.

The waiting time for the decision on admission to the training is up to 6 weeks.
The training lasts a minimum of 6 days: 4 days of training (theory and practice) + 1 day of the exam, carried out by an independent SPRAT examiner.

Courses Calendar – check here

(Documents for download)

SPRAT Logbook DE

Direct Entry Sprat

 

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 SPRAT 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.comto 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 SPRAT 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 SPRAT technician.