SPRAT Level 1 Course

SPRAT L1 is intended for anyone who has no previous Industrial Rope Access experience and needs to work at height on an industrial 2 rope system. Upon successful completion, you will be able to practice Rope Access as a level 1 technician under the management of a Supervisor.

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How to Pass Your SPRAT Level 1

The SPRAT L1 syllabus is based on the current SPRAT Certification Requirements. This document breaks down each requirement of the SPRAT Level 1 course and explains what you need to demonstrate in order to pass that element. If you're thinking of taking your SPRAT Level 1, the study guide below will be a great resource to study from as we've done the work to break down each element in the Certification Requirements to make it easier to remember. This guide should be used in conjunction with your training and can be bookmarked for reference when you're out working. 

We're almost done putting the finishing touches to the SPRAT L1 Study Guide. If you want to be notified of its completion, fill in the form below. 


  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Equipment Use and Inspection
  • Job Safety
  • Use of Back-up Devices
  • Use of Descenders
  • Use of Ascenders
  • Change-overs
  • Passing Knots
  • Rope-to-Rope Transfer
  • Deviation
  • Re-anchor (>2 m)
  • Negotiate Edge
  • Rope and Sling Protection
  • Horizontal Aid Climbing
  • Level 1 Rescue Scenario
  • Anchorage Systems
  • Hauling and Lowering System
  • 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).
Our SPRAT courses include 4 days of training and an evaluation on the 5th day. Classes each day run from 8am to 4 or 4:30pm each day.

With each successful completion of your SPRAT L1 course, your SPRAT L1 certification will be valid for 3 years. From there, you will need to re-certify again for another 3 years (do the full course again). Or, you can upgrade earlier if you have the correct hours. 


Unfortunately, sometimes you may need to re-evaluate because you made a silly mistake or had a brain fart. You will need to wait for 7 days before re-evaluating again. It costs $550 to do the re-evaluation in Vancouver. For more information and how to avoid the cost, click below:


For your SPRAT Level 1, it costs $1800 to do the course in Vancouver.

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Expect to be on your feet 90% of the time! The SPRAT 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 for a whole year!

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Why Train with Pacific Ropes?

  • Full access to our Student Resources including PacRopes training manuals, videos, tips and tricks, IRATA and SPRAT resources and more! We put the work in to make sure you receive the best training even after your course.
  • Students receive special discounts at our Equipment Shop.
  • Receive monthly emails highlighting jobs to apply for, training info for continuous education, and stories of other techs in the rope access community! These emails aim to help you be the most connected and successful rope tech you can be.
  • Meet our Instructors who have dedicated their careers to training! Our training team is just as diverse as your learning styles.
  • Friendly and fun atmosphere. 
  • Need more training? All our students receive the opportunity to come back as PacRopes Training Partners. You get to help a fellow rope tech while receiving free training at the same time.

I did my IRATA level 1 here and it was a fantastic experience. The facility is clean and thoughtfully laid out. Most importantly, the instructors were friendly, knowledgeable and super helpful! I love this place and would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone thinking of coming here.

Big thanks to Josh and Cam for teaching a rope access newbie such as myself how to not die. Also a shout out to Don's husky, who I might dognap (shhh...)

Sara King

Big thanks to the staff/team at Pacific Ropes. The office admin made everything seem less and were very helpful with questions and concerns.

The training provided by Don and Josh was legendary. They made it fun and made sure we learned proper efficient technique and challenged us throughout the week. I would recommend taking the course here and will be coming back for course refreshers or recirtifications. I won’t be looking to go anywhere else now that I have found these guys.

Pacific Ropes feels like a home away from home now!

Tristan Tafel

Quite a physically demanding course but well worth it! Super supportive staff during well booking. As for the instructors; they are knowledgeable, and patient. They take the time to make sure you have a firm comprehension of the material, as well are willing to work one on one with you to make sure get anything you're struggling with. They bring a great atmosphere and a fun learning environment.

Christopher Karg

Excellent instructor, excellent facility. Would definitely recommend some research prior to attending a rope access course. Glad I chose Pacific Ropes to train with! I feel remarkably confident after 4 training days with them.

Dan Quist
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