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      IRATA L1 Expiry and Re-certification

      Every tech should be well aware of the date their certification expires as it means you can no longer practice Rope Access in a professional capacity.

      But what happens when your L1 IRATA or SPRAT certificate expires?

      What does it mean for your work life? For upcoming re-certification training? Or, what if you wanted (and still want) to move up to a different level of certification?

      According to IRATA

      "In order to re-certify through the normal process, training must commence before certification expires. For the avoidance of doubt this means that Certification must be valid on the day of assessment. When re-certification is completed in the 6 month period prior to the expiry of a certificate, a new certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of expiry on the previous certificate. Criteria for certifying outside these requirements is covered elsewhere in this document.”

      In-date Level 1 to be re-assessed to Level 1 (Re-certification)

      Technicians who have an in-date Level 1 certificate should arrange for refresher training with an IRATA Trainer Member Company. The training should be sufficient to refresh all previously assessed techniques and theory and must cover any changes to the Technician Assessment and Certification Scheme that have occurred since the previous assessment.

      • A minimum of 4 days refresher training shall be completed.
      • 1 day assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor.
      • If re-training and successful Level 1 assessment are completed in the 6 month period prior to the expiry of a current certificate.
      • A new Level 1 certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of expiry of the previous certificate.

      Notes on Certifications

      • Once your certification expires, you are no longer allowed to practice rope access
      • If you fail your re-certification, your certificate is no longer valid, even if it's not expired.
      • In very rare circumstances, IRATA may withdraw your certification before the expiry date due to lack of safety, abusing your IRATA certification, and falsifying information.
      • Certificates are issued to the name of the Rope Access Technician and not the employer.

      Pacific Ropes Tip

      Mark on a calendar with your certification expiration date and log a date six months before it to remind yourself to sign up for re-certification training. If you train anytime 6 months before your expiry, your new 3 year certification will start from the date of your last certification.

      This will save you the hassle of trying to re-certify after your certification has expired. It’s a lengthy and complicated process, and you probably want to avoid it.

      That said, if you’re currently holding an expired L1 IRATA certification, here are the steps you can take, as detailed in the current Technician Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS):

      Expired Level 1 to be re-assessed to Level 1

      Technicians who have allowed their Level 1 certification to expire by 1 day or more should arrange for refresher training with an IRATA Training Member Company (TMC). Technician should not carry out rope access work with an expired certificate.

      The training should be sufficient to refresh all previously assessed techniques and theory and must cover any changes to the Technician Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS) that have occurred since the previous assessment.

      • A minimum of 4 days training shall be completed.
      • 1 day full assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor.
      • A new IRATA Level 1 certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of this successful assessment.

      At the bottom of this post, we’ve included additional information about planned expiry and appeals.

      Expired Level 1 (up to 6 months) wishing to be assessed to a Level 2

      This becomes a little bit more detailed and certainly more complicated, so pay good attention to this! 

      Technicians who have allowed their Level 1 certification to expire by up to 6 months should arrange to regain Level 1 certification with an IRATA Training Member Company.

      • Minimum of 4 day Level 1 course.
      • 1 day full assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor to Level 1. Once the technician has regained a Level 1 certificate they shall complete the following requirements (prior to attending a Level 2 training course);
      • Obtain a reference from the recent Level 1 training company to confirm that they demonstrated a good attitude and competence during the Level 1 course.
      • Attain a minimum of ’Good Standard’ on the recent Level 1 assessment. This shall be registered by the IRATA Training Member Company within 60 days.
      • Complete a minimum of 3 months’ work experience after regaining Level 1. This shall include a minimum of 150 hours of logged rope access work.
      • Total logged rope access hours shall be in excess of 1150 hours.
      • Rope access work experience shall be over a minimum of 12 months of active work since first registration at Level 1. Once you've gain these additional hours, then;
      • A minimum of 4 days Level 2 training shall be completed with an IRATA Training Company to cover Level 2 topics.
      • 1 day assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor.
      • An IRATA Level 2 certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of successful Level 2 assessment.

      Expired Level 1 (more than 6 months) wishing to be assessed to a Level 2

      Upgrading is not available to technicians who are out of date by more than 6 months and they shall need to re-certify at Level 1 and gain more experience over a 6-month period.

      • Minimum of 4 day Level 1 course.
      • 1 day full assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor to Level 1. Once the technician has regained a Level 1 certificate they shall complete the following requirements (prior to attending a Level 2 training course);
      • Obtain a reference from the recent Level 1 training company to confirm that they demonstrated a good attitude and competence during the Level 1 course.
      • Attain a minimum of ’Good Standard’ on the recent Level 1 assessment. This shall be registered by the IRATA Training Member Company within 60 days. 
      • A further 6 months experience including a minimum of 300 logged hours since re-certification at Level 1 and in excess of 1300 logged hours since first registration. Then;
      • Minimum of 4 day Level 2 Course.
      • 1 day assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor to Level 2.
      • An IRATA Level 2 certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of successful Level 2 assessment.

      Planned Expiry

      Technicians wishing to re-validate or upgrade who anticipate expiry of their certification due to medical or personal reasons can, prior to expiry, register with an IRATA Member Training Company. The training company shall document the reasons for the planned expiry and ensure there are suitable grounds for in date certification to be delayed. When the candidate is ready to proceed with training the training company shall contact an IRATA verifier. The verifier shall satisfy himself that the case is genuine and determine the best course of action considering the situation and elapsed expiry period. The verifier fee may be charged.

      Appeals

      In all circumstances relating to the above categories, technicians may appeal their position. They should at first contact an IRATA Member Training Company who should offer advice. If the training company considers the technician may have a case then a written appeal should be submitted to an IRATA verifier in the first instance. The verifier may consult with a second verifier and the Training Committee Chairman before reaching a decision. The verifier fee may be charged.

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