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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Descending with a descender and ascender

Being able to control your speed and stop as required while descending the ropes is a core technique you’ll use nearly every day as a rope tech. All...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Changeovers

Switching from ascent to descent mode (and vice versa) is one of the core rope access techniques and involves switching between your descending and...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Deviations

In order to prevent abrasion related damage to your rope system, avoid hazards, or get yourself in the right position for the work you’re doing in...

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Understanding the IRATA L1 Syllabus: Backup Devices

On your IRATA assessment day, you’ll demonstrate competence by correctly using and handling of your back-up device(s) in the following ways.

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SPRAT Level 3 Conversion Procedure

If you are a active L3 rope access technician and you don't hold a SPRAT certification, but would like to have one, the conversion procedure would be the...

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6 Common L1 Discrepancies

There’s a whole list of minor and major discrepancies you should review prior to assessment day (refer to 9.6.3 - 9.6.4 in the TACS for the complete list...

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What happens if you fail? You do a Re-assessment!

First, don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re not the first to fail an assessment and you certainly won’t be the last. Failing an assessment does not...

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When it's time for Refresher Training

If you hold a valid Rope Access certification, but it’s been more than 6 months since you last did any rope access, you will need to attend a refresher...

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No More Dual Assessments and Evaluations

Hey Rope techs! There are some changes happening with IRATA that will affect the assessment days at PacRopes.

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SPRAT Direct Entry Level 2 Procedure

For skilled rope access technicians who aren’t certified through SPRAT, but who’d like to be evaluated for a SPRAT level 2 certification, because they...

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