IRATA Training Program

We offer IRATA training courses for IRATA L1, IRATA L2, and IRATA L3. Our head office and training center is in Vancouver but we also have a training center in Edmonton to service the rope access alberta community! If you're thinking about training with us, check out our IRATA training program below.


IRATA L1 is intended for anyone who has no previous Industrial Rope Access experience. IRATA L1 certification is for anyone that has to complete work at-height using an industrial 2 rope system. Upon successfully completion, you will be able to practice Rope Access as a technician for all IRATA member companies globally under the management of a L3 Supervisor. Things you'll learn include:

  • Introduction to IRATA
  • Care and maintenance of PPE
  • Harness assembly
  • Descender/Backup/Rope Clamps/Cowstails
  • Ascent/Descent/Change Overs
  • Ascent with Descender
  • Descent with Ascenders
  • Basic Anchors & Y Hangs
  • Passing Deviations / 4 Rope Transfer
  • Rope Protection
  • Edge Obstruction
  • Small & Large Rebelays
  • Horizontal Aid Climbing
  • Bagging/Coiling a rope


  • You'll need to be at least 18 years of age and be able to provide government ID or passport details. 
  • You have good strength‐to‐weight ratio and average to good cardio fitness level.
  • Healthy joints and full‐function of extremities (especially hands).
  • Recommended maximum body weight of 220 lbs for people up to 6 ft tall.


IRATA L2 certification is intended for anyone who has completed their L1 and meets the IRATA L2 prerequisite requirements for training admittance. The L2 course goes beyond the basics and focuses on advanced rigging techniques developed to achieve more complex access solutions. One and two person rescues will be emphasized. Things you'll learn include:

  • Introduction to documents/logbooks
  • Certification Validity, Medical Condition 014R
  • Checking of Equipment
  • Basic Rigging
  • Forces & Angles
  • Suspension Trauma
  • Ascent & Deviation Rescue
  • Rigging Re-belays & Deviations
  • Mechanical Advantages of Hauling Systems
  • Small Re-belay Rescue
  • Rope to Rope Rescue
  • Horizontal Aid Climb Rescue
  • Rigging Edge Obstruction, With Rope Protection; Aid Climbing & Rescue
  • Rescue from Shock Absorbing Lanyards


  • Minimum of 12 months as a Level 1 IRATA Rope Access Technician
  • Minimum of 1000 logged hours of rope access work
  • Valid logbook signed off by an IRATA Level 3 Supervisor
  • Valid L1 IRATA ID card


IRATA L3  is intended for anyone who is required or interested in supervising a team of Rope Access technicians on a job site. This course will prepare applicants to lead their teams through complex and advanced rigging and rescue scenarios, while emphasizing the need for excellent leadership skills, paperwork, and job site management. Things you'll learn include:

  • Equipment Set Up Theory & Practical
  • Reviewing of Level 1 & 2 Syllabus
  • Reporting & PPE Through Examinations
  • Short Link Rescue
  • Rescue Passing Knots
  • Rescue Hauling, Passing Knot Rescue
  • Large Re-belay Rescue; Rope Transfer Rescue
  • Rigging with Rope Protection
  • Review of Hauling Systems
  • Team Rescue
  • Supervision
  • Validity of First Aid Certification
  • Review of IRATA Certificate's Validity
  • Check Log Books


  • Minimum of 12 months as a Level 2 IRATA Rope Access Technician
  • Minimum of 1000 logged hours of rope access work
  • Valid logbook signed off by an IRATA Level 3 Supervisor
  • Current First Aid Certification (OFA 1 or higher)
  • Valid L2 IRATA ID card


How long is the course?

The course is 5 days long. The first four days incorporates all your training, both theory and practical (although it's mostly practical). And then the last day is the Assessment day. This is when a third party Examiner, separate from Pacific Ropes comes in to run the testing.


What is the cost?

The cost of an IRATA course in Vancouver is $1800 plus GST. The cost of an IRATA course in Edmonton is $2120 plus GST.

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What do I get at the end?

Once you pass your Assessment on the last day, you will receive a yellow copy or your Assessment form that will act as your temporary certification for the level you were assessed. This yellow copy is valid for 60 days while your ID card, certificate, and logbook (if you're a level 1) gets mailed to you.


What time do the classes start?

The classes start at 8am every day and end around 4-4:30pm each day.


What do I need to bring?

We will provide all the equipment that you will need for training. If you have your own CSA approved helmet, you may bring that but it is not necessary. If you are thinking of training in Edmonton with us, you will need to wear long pants and steel toe boots. A welcome email will be sent to you after registration with additional details!


What can I expect?

Expect to be on your feet 90% of the time! The IRATA course is physically demanding and requires a certain fitness level. Be prepared to sweat! The courses consist of theory but will be mainly practical. Our group sizes are usually 6-8 with 2 instructors. All students receive 10% off equipment sales forever!

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