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      IRATA Level 3 Expiry and Re-certification

      What happens when your IRATA or SPRAT certificate expires? What does it mean for your work life? For upcoming training for re-certification? 

      Every tech should be well aware of the date of their certification expiration 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.”

       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 L3 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 (up to 6 months) Level 3 to be re-assessed to Level 3

      Technicians who have allowed their Level 3 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. Then,

      • A minimum of 4 days Level 3 training shall be completed.
      • 1 day full 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.

       

      Expired (between 6 to 24 months) Level 3 to be re-assessed to Level 3

      Technicians who have allowed their Level 3 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.Then,

      • Complete a 1 day appraisal by an IRATA Training Member Company, and demonstrate competence in Level 1, 2 & 3 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.
      • Complete a minimum of 4 days Level 3 training to cover Level 3 topics.
      • 1 day full 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.

       

      Expired (by more than 24 months) Level 3 to be re-assessed to Level 3

      Technicians who have allowed their Level 3 certification to expire by more than 24 months should arrange for re-qualification at Level 2. Then,

      • Successfully complete a 4-day Level 2 training course.
      • 1 day assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor to Level 2.
      • Obtain a reference from the recent Level 2 training company to confirm that the technician demonstrated a good attitude and competence during the Level 2 course.
      • Attain a minimum of ’Good Standard’ on the recent Level 2 assessment.
      • Register this Level 2 assessment within 60 days of assessment date.

      Once the technician has regained a Level 2 certificate they shall complete the following requirements:

      • Complete 3 months’ work experience after regaining Level 2.This shall include a minimum of 300 hours of logged rope access work. Guidance for this is detailed in the back of IRATA log books.
      • A minimum of 4 days training shall be completed with an IRATA Trainer Member Company to cover Level 3 topics.
      • 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.

      Only technicians who have an in-date Level 2 certificate can arrange for Level 3 training with an IRATA Trainer Member Company. The training company shall ensure that the pre-training requirements as defined by the current Technician Assessment and Certification Scheme are satisfied.

      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).

      The training shall be sufficient to cover all techniques and theory required by the current Technician Assessment and Certification Scheme.

      • 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.

      Re-assessing with a valid certification-Process

      Technicians who have an in-date Level 3 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 Level 3 refresher training shall be completed.
      • 1 day assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor.

      If re-training and successful Level 3 assessment are completed in the 6 month period prior to the expiry of a current certificate, a new Level 3 certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of expiry on the previous certificate.

      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.

       

      Do you have any questions regarding this process? Don't hesitate to call Pacific Ropes @ 604-447-8055