SPRAT Direct Entry Procedure
For skilled rope access technicians who aren’t certified through SPRAT, but who’d like to be evaluated for a SPRAT level that’s comparable with their expertise and experience, Direct Entry Certification is a fantastic option. You can only apply for Direct Entry into SPRAT if you have adequate experience (more info below) working on a two-rope system, and if you’ve never previously held a SPRAT certification.
Direct Entry into SPRAT is a lengthy process, there to ensure that newly certified technicians will uphold their safe system of work and reputation. The process involves submitting a series of documents to their evaluations committee (must be done 6 weeks prior to your scheduled assessment), participating in a 4-day training with a recognized TMC (like us), and completing a one-day desk-based and practical assessment.
To be eligible for direct entry, you should have the same level of experience as an equivalent SPRAT tech. To be certified as a SPRAT L2, you’ll need 500 hours of logged two-rope experience, and for a SPRAT L3, you’ll need 1000 hours.
Here’s a list of the documentation you’ll need to submit (ideally in an electronic format) to their evaluations committee to prove your eligibility.
- Your work at-height resume, plus two professional references.
- A log book or equivalent record of work experience using a two-rope system. Each entry should include:
- The date(s) you were working (could list consecutive days, but be specific. Ex. March 5-8th)
- The hours from that work day you were in suspension (your log-able hours).
- Details of the type of work (ex. washing windows).
- The form of access (descending, ascending, rope transfer, hauling, rigging, etc)
- Signature of your supervisor, the manager or client, as validation of the work you did.
- First aid certificate (L3 only)
- A letter of recommendation from your supervisor, the manager, or the client (L3 only)
Your Work at-Height Resume
Make your resume as detailed and succinct as possible. It should include all relevant past employers, the position you held within each of those companies, your responsibilities, and any previous training. If you’re applying for direct entry as a SPRAT L3, you will also need to list experience in a supervisory or foreman type role. Experience as a supervisor is mandatory to be considered for a SPRAT L3 certification.
To apply, please download and fill in this SPRAT application form. Once you're completed the application form and have collected all the supporting documentation, please email it all to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will also need to pay a few of $125 US dollars to process the application. This does not include your training.
The review process will take up to 6 weeks. So make sure you get this application in well before your preferred training dates. When you receive your confirmation letter, please submit the letter to us when you sign up for your SPRAT DE training session.
TRAINING & ASSESSMENT
Once you've been approved for your SPRAT direct entry, contact us to confirm your training dates and registration. We will take you through all aspects of the syllabus relevant to the certification you’ll be assessing for. It will be a very physical 4 days. Your endurance and strength will be tested, but if you have proper conditioning and climb using the proper method, you’ll be in good shape.
The assessment will take place over one day with a certified SPRAT assessor, who is independent of you, your TMC, and your employer.