Program Benefits

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Whether you intend to train one person or 20 in IRATA or SPRAT, our corporate rates are designed to save you money. We understand the difficulties in analyzing the risk versus reward when deciding to take on rope access work.

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AWARENESS COURSE

Rope access training is physically demanding. It may not be suitable for everyone on your staff. Before registering for your workers in the full 5-day course, you can utilize 5 complimentary Rope Access Awareness training spots. The Rope Access awareness is 1 day course and will give you and your employee an idea of whether they are fit for the full course. 

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If you plan on purchasing rope access equipment now or later, our Corporate Clients are always entitled to additional benefits and perks.

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OPEN GYM NIGHTS

We can organize private open gym nights for you and your staff to come in to practice their skills and refresh their rescue procedures. This ensures their rope access competencies are always relevant and applicable. And, it's a great option for a team building event!

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With our ever expanding rope access community, we are able to reach out to many rope techs to advertise job openings for your company. 

Rope Access Training FAQ's

What is the Rope Access Awareness course?

This 1-day rope access awareness course covers the basics of all the rope access maneuvers. We recommend this course to people who are unsure of their physical capabilities. By the end of this course, students will be able to determine if they can complete the full 5-day course or not. As Corporate members, you will receive 5 complimentary spots in our Rope Access Awareness course. This will assist you in enrolling the workers, who can succeed in the full 5-day course. 

What is the registration procedure?

1) Pick the dates you want for training.
2) Tell us the number of spots you require. You can either call us (604-447-8055) or email us (administrator@pacificropes.com).
3) A registration package will be sent to your workers. We can directly communicate and follow up with them or send it through you, whichever you prefer.
4) A link is provided to you for the deposit. A deposit is required to secure the spots. 
5) Once the deposit is paid, a receipt and invoice will be sent to you to confirm payment.
6) One week before the course, full payment is required and a Welcome email will be sent to your workers with additional details.

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What happens if my employees fail the course?

If you registered your worker in the IRATA course, your worker has 60 days to come back and re-test. Our re-assessment fees include two extra days of training. These extra training days are optional but we strongly recommend they come back to train as a lot can be missed in the time off between the two assessments. If they don't come back within 60 days, they are required to re-do the full 5-day course. For SPRAT courses, there is no timeline to come back, but the sooner they come back, the better. If too much time lapses between, a lot of skills can be forgotten.

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Should my employees do IRATA or SPRAT?

This choice depends on your company's goals, your clients' preferences, what industry your company operates within, and what provincial jurisdiction is followed. For example, in Alberta, many industries using rope access are partial to IRATA due to IRATA's strict regulations and guidelines.  In BC, the provincial regulation states both IRATA and SPRAT are equally acceptable. Many high rise companies will lean towards SPRAT because this allows their employees to upgrade faster and eventually, they will have Level 3 Supervisors on staff quicker than going through the IRATA system. For more information on the pro's and con's for each certification, click below.

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How long are the courses? What do they involve?

All our courses are a week long. They involve 4 days of training and a 1-day IRATA assessment or SPRAT evaluation or both (if you sign your workers up for both). Depending on the week, our IRATA and SPRAT evaluations may happen on the same day or different days. We can accommodate this to your team's schedule if need be. For example, if training lands on a week where the assessment is on a Saturday, but you can't pay OT for an employee to be there on Saturday, we can reschedule them to a different week where it lands on a Friday. For more information on the IRATA and SPRAT courses, click below!

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What is a logbook and why should I care about them?

If you plan to enroll your current workers into their L1 IRATA or SPRAT, once successful in their assessments, they will receive an IRATA or SPRAT logbook. The purpose of the logbook is to record all rope access hours and work experience that they will need to present to their Assessor or Evaluator when you want them to upgrade to the next level. This logbook must be maintained and filled correctly or their hours may be disqualified. Usually, a L3 rope access technician needs to sign off on the hours but if you don't have one on staff, a Manager or Owner can sign off. Here is more information on how to sign off on hours and what logbooks need to look like in order to be eligible for upgrades.

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Once my employee gets their level 1, can they do rope access on their own?

Once your employee passes their level 1, they will need to work under a L3 rope access supervisor. This requirement is explained in the IRATA and SPRAT regulations, which is reference by provincial regulation in BC and Alberta. But, regulation aside, a level 1 rope tech can maneuver themselves on a rope access system but they do not have the experience or training to be able to perform advance rescues and rigging. Therefore a L3 Supervisor is required on site to manage the overall safety of the rope access work. If you do not have a L3 Supervisor staff member, we can help you hire one through our job postings. Read more here.

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I want to start using rope access more in my company, how do I start?

Building internal rope access capability does not have to be complicated. Although there are many details to think about, there are five major areas that you need to consider. IRATA and SPRAT regulation are the guiding documents you need to refer to when putting these five components in place. We also have a Rope Access Management Program that you can utilize to start putting all the pieces in place. 

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