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      IRATA Level 2 Expiry and Re-certification

      What happens when your IRATA L2 certificate expires? What does it mean for your work life? For upcoming re-certification trainings? Or what if you wanted (and still want) to move up to a L3 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.

      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.”

      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      • If you fail your re-certification, your certificate is no longer valid, even if it's not expired.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 some cases, your Assessor may allow you to continue the Assessment for a lower level.
      • 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 an electronic calendar (in your cell, for instance) with your certification expiration date and log a date six months out to remind you to sign up for in-date (before expiry date) re-certification or new certification training. 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 L2 IRATA certification, here are the steps you can take, as detailed in the current Technician Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS). At the bottom of this post, we’ve included additional information about planned expiry and appeals.

      Expired (by up to 6 months) Level 2 wishing to be re-assessed to Level 2

      Technicians who have allowed their Level 2 certification to expire by between 1 day and 6 months 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 Level 2 training shall be completed.
      • 1 day full assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor.
      • A new Level 2 certificate will be issued with an expiry date of 3 years from the date of this assessment.

      Expired (by between 6 & 24 months) Level 2 wishing to be re-assessed to Level 2

      Technicians who have allowed their Level 2 certification to expire by between 6 and 24 months 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.

      • Complete a 1-day appraisal by an IRATA Training Member Company, and demonstrate competence in Level 1 & 2 topics. This shall be completed by an experienced Instructor or assessor. This should be logged in the training section of the technician’s logbook and authenticated by the training company stamp or assessor’s signature and IRATA number. The Training Company will charge for this appraisal and authentication.
      • A minimum of 4 days Level 2 training shall be completed.
      • 1 day full assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor.
      • A new Level 2 certificate will be issued with an expiry date of 3 years from the date of this assessment.

      Expired (by more than 24 months) Level 2 wishing to be re-assessed to Level 2

      Technicians who have allowed their Level 2 certification to expire by more than 24 months should arrange for re-qualification at Level 1.

      • Minimum of 4 day Level 1 course.
      • 1 day 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.
      • Complete 3 months’ work experience after regaining Level 1. This shall include a minimum of 150 hours of logged rope access work. Guidance for this is detailed in the back of IRATA log books and also listed here.
      • Total logged rope access hours shall be in excess of 1150 hours of logged rope access work.
      • Rope access work experience shall be over a minimum of 12 months of active work since first registration at Level 1.
      • A minimum of 4 days training Level 2 shall be completed with an IRATA Trainer Member Company to cover Level 2 topics.
      • 1 day Level 2 full 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 (by up to 6 months) Level 2 wishing to upgrade to Level 3

      Technicians who have allowed their Level 2 certification to expire by up to 6 months should arrange to regain Level 2 certification with an IRATA Trainer Member Company.

      • Minimum of 4 day Level 2 course.
      • 1 day assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor to Level 2. Once the technician has regained a Level 2 certificate they shall complete the following requirements (prior to attending a Level 3 training course).
      • Obtain a reference from the recent Level 2 training company to confirm that they demonstrated a good attitude and competence during the Level 2 course.
      • Attain a minimum of ’Good Standard’ on the recent Level 2 assessment.
      • A further 3 months experience including a minimum of 150 logged hours since L2 re-certification. Guidance for logging hours is detailed in the back of IRATA log books and also listed here.
      • Total logged rope access hours shall be in excess of 1150 hours of logged rope access work as a Level 2 (Total in excess of 2150 hours).
      • A minimum of 4 days Level 3 training shall be completed.
      • 1 day assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor to Level 3. An IRATA Level 3 certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of successful Level 3 assessment.

      Expired (by more than 6 months) Level 2 wishing to upgrade to Level 3

      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 2 and gain more experience over a 6-month period.

      • Minimum of 4 day Level 2 course.
      • 1 day assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor to Level 2. Once the technician has regained a Level 2 certificate they shall complete the following requirements (prior to attending a Level 3 training course)
      • A further 6 months experience including a minimum of 300 logged hours since re-certification.
      • Total logged rope access hours shall be in excess of 1300 hours as a Level 2 (Total in excess of 2300 hours).
      • A minimum of 4 days Level 3 training shall be completed.
      • 1 day assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor to Level 3. An IRATA Level 3 certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of successful Level 3 assessment.

      In-date Level 2 to be re-assessed to a Level 2

      Technicians who have an in-date Level 2 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.

      • Minimum of 4 day Level 2 course.
      • 1 day assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor. If re-training and successful Level 2 assessment are completed in the 6 month period prior to the expiry of a current certificate, a new Level 2 certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of expiry on the previous certificate.

      In-date Level 2 to upgrade to a Level 3

      As detailed in current Technician Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS), only technicians who have an in-date Level 2 certificate can arrange for Level 3 training with an IRATA Trainer Member Company. Technicians should be competent in all Level 1 & 2 topics before attending a Level 3 course, and practice and or training should be completed in topics that are not used frequently (prior to attending a L3 course). If you're thinking of an upgrade, click here to read up on how to prepare for your next upgrade. The pre-requisites for upgrading to a L3 are:

      • Rope access work experience shall be over a minimum of 12 months of active work since last registration at Level 2.
      • Experience to include in excess of 1000 hours of logged rope access work as a level 2 (Total in excess of 2000 hours).
      • A minimum of 4 days Level 3 training shall be completed.
      • 1 day assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor. An IRATA Level 3 certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of successful Level 3 assessment.

      Some Adjunct Notes from IRATA:

      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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