IRATA Level 1 Course

IRATA 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 technician for all IRATA member companies globally under the management of a L3 Supervisor.

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How to Succeed Your IRATA Level 1

The IRATA L1 curriculum is based on the IRATA TACS (Training Assessment Certification Scheme). The TACS is where IRATA has defined the topics you'll be responsible for as a Level 1 student, and what it takes to pass those parts of the syllabus. The TACS in itself is a very technically dense document, so, to make it easier, we've broken down the IRATA L1 curriculum so that you have easy, on the go information. This should be used in conjunction with your training and can be bookmarked for reference when you're out working. 

The resources outlined here is what your Assessor, Instructors, and IRATA Employers will be referencing. Learn how to be the best IRATA L1 Rope Access Technician and pass with "Excellent" on your assessment day.

IRATA Level 1 Study Guide

  • 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.

You are required to train for 4 mandatory days before attending your IRATA assessment on the 5th day. The IRATA Assessments are conducted by a third party IRATA Assessor to ensure impartiality. Expect to be in class from 8-4pm every day.

With each successful completion of your IRATA L1 course, your IRATA 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.

L1 Expiry Upgrading

Unfortunately, sometimes you may need to re-assess because you made a silly mistake or had a brain fart. You are allowed up to 60 days to re-assess. If you wait past 60 days, you will need to take the full four days of training again. It costs $550 to do the re-assessment in Vancouver. For more re-assessment information and how to avoid the cost, click below:


For your IRATA Level 1, it costs $2000 to do the course in Vancouver.

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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 for a whole year!

Fitness Guidelines

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Sometimes we have upgrading students who have all the right hours to move up a level but because they haven't maintained their logbooks properly, they are left scrambling last minute or they have to wait until their logbooks are organized. In order to prevent these mishaps, it's best to set the right habits from day 1! Here is all the IRATA training information you need to help you prepare and plan for the best IRATA career!

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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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