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SPRAT to IRATA Conversion

If you’re a rope access technician, then you’ve been successfully certified through SPRAT (Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians) or IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association).

According to regulation, both certifications are accepted in BC, Canada. But, that is not true everywhere. While SPRAT is mostly recognized in North America, IRATA is an internationally recognized certification. If a client requests an IRATA certified technician (and this is beginning to happen more frequently), a SPRAT technician will be unemployable for that job. This is because IRATA companies can only employ IRATA certified technicians according to the IRATA standards (ICOP).

To help circumvent this, IRATA has created a SPRAT to IRATA conversion procedure which gives experienced SPRAT technicians the opportunity to earn an equivalent level certification with IRATA. Please note, that if you’ve ever held an IRATA certification (even if it’s expired) you are not eligible for this process.

 

How do I get my SPRAT certification converted to IRATA?

Depending on your level of SPRAT certification, the conversion procedure is a little different. We’ve made this easy. Find the scenario, from the six options listed below, which is true for you. Proceed from there.

*Hours completed at each SPRAT level must be properly documented in your SPRAT log book before your certification can be considered for conversion. Falsifying records, experience, and hours is prohibited and can prevent you from permanently obtaining any IRATA certification.

 

1. You’re a current SPRAT L1.

  • You will follow the normal entry route to IRATA certification
  • You will have to complete a 4-day (minimum length) training course with an IRATA Training Member Company (like us).
  • Followed by a level 1 IRATA independent assessment.
  • If successfully completed, you will receive an IRATA L1 certification.

2. You’re a SPRAT L2 and have 1000 hours of SPRAT L2 experience, logged over a minimum of one year.

  • You will have to complete a 4-day (minimum length) IRATA L2 training course with an IRATA Training Member Company (like us).
  • Followed by an IRATA independent assessment.
  • If successfully completed, you will receive an IRATA L2 certification.
  • If you are hesitant of doing the IRATA L2 right away, you can go for your IRATA L1 as per section 1 but still be qualified to do your IRATA L2 within 6 months provided that you notify the NARAC (North American Rope Access Committee) Chairperson before you begin your IRATA L1 training.

3. You’re a SPRAT L2 but have logged less than 1000 hours and/or have less than one year of experience working with L2 certification.

  • You have two options.
    1. You can take the 4-day IRATA L1 training and assessment and proceed to take your IRATA L2 once you have 1000 hours and 1-year experience as an IRATA L1.
    2. You can wait until you’ve completed your 1000 hours and/or one year of experience before applying for your IRATA certification – because, for option 1, you will have to pay for two training courses (IRATA L1 and eventually IRATA L2), this is the more economical option if it’s a possibility for you.

4. You’re a SPRAT L3 and have 1000 hours of SPRAT L3 experience, logged over a minimum of one year.

  • You will have to complete a 4-day (minimum length) IRATA L3 training course with an IRATA Training Member Company (like us).
  • Followed by an IRATA independent assessment.
  • If successfully completed, you will receive an IRATA L3 certification.
  • If you are hesitant of doing the IRATA L3 right away, you can go for your IRATA L1 as per section 1 but still be qualified to do your IRATA L3 within 6 months provided that you notify the NARAC (North American Rope Access Committee) Chairperson before you begin your IRATA L1 training.

5. You’re a SPRAT L3 but have logged less than 1000 hours and/or have less than one year of experience working with L3 certification.

  • You have three options.
    1. You can take the 4-day IRATA L1 training and assessment and proceed to take your IRATA L2 once you have 1000 hours and 1-year experience as an IRATA L1. Then take your IRATA L3 once you have 1000 hours and 1-year experience as an IRATA L2. This is the super long route!
    2. Provided you have a minimum of 1,500 logged hours from your experience as a SPRAT L1 & L2 technician, you can apply to have your SPRAT L3 certification converted to IRATA L2 as per section 2.
    3. You can wait until you’ve completed your 1000 hours and/or one year of experience as an SPRAT L3 before applying for your IRATA L3 certification – because, for both of the above options, you will have to pay for two or three training courses (L2 and eventually L3), this is the more economical option if it’s a possibility for you.

 

What should I bring to the training and assessment for my SPRAT to IRATA conversion?

  • Your valid SPRAT certificate and logbook. Your log book must have all of your hours properly logged. This will be checked. No training or Assessment can take place unless both the SPRAT card and completed SPRAT logbook are presented.
  • You must have a copy of the IRATA ICOP, the IRATA TACS, and the IRATA TMC Training Manual. This will be provided to you on the first day of training.

 

What happens if I don’t pass my IRATA assessment?

  • You may have the option of retaking the assessment once (this option will be at the discretion of your assessor). You can not take any assessment more than twice.
  • If you are a SPRAT L3 technician and are unsuccessful in your conversion to IRATA L3, you may still be able to secure an IRATA L1 or L2 certification. This same scenario is true for a SPRAT L2 technician, who may be able to secure an IRATA L1 certification. In both cases, this will be up to your assessor.

 

How much does this cost?

  • Our IRATA courses are $1800 plus GST.

 

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