IRATA Level 1 Rope Access

Course for complete beginners

This course is for persons wishing to enter the rope access industry.

A Level 1 rope access technician shall be capable of performing a limited range of rope access tasks required by his or her employers, under the supervision of IRATA Level 3 rope access technicians.

Level 1 Syllabus Content

Theoretical Knowledge

  • Relevant legislation, guidelines and standard
  • Risk assessments and safety method statement
  • Permit to work systems and exclusion zones
  • Working practices and worksite organization
  • Categories of personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Equipment selection, use and maintenance, pre use checks and inspection
  • Anchor types and systems
  • Fall factors
  • Suspension intolerance and casualty management


Equipment and Rigging

  • Assembly and fitting of personal equipment
  • Pre use check of equipment
  • Use of back-up device
  • Tying, dressing and setting of appropriate knots
  • Rigging a basic anchor system
  • Rigging a small Y hang
  • Awareness of rope and sling protection in rigging



  • Descent, Ascent and changeovers
  • Passing deviations
  • Passing a re-belay
  • Passing Knots
  • Rope-to-rope transfer


  • Passing an edge or obstruction and passing mid rope protection
  • Climbing with cow’s-tails
  • Climbing with fall arrest lanyards
  • Using a work seat



  • Rescue a casualty in descent
  • Lowering a casualty from pre-rigged rescue system
  • Awareness of hauling systems

Course Overview

  • Duration: 5 working days (Monday-Friday)
  • Maximum class size: 6
  • Location: Wood Group, Crofton Road, Stockton-on-Tees
  • Cost: £500 (excl. VAT)
  • Assessment: Independent assessor will assess on written and practical examination
  • Revalidation Period: Certification is valid for 3 years

Level 1 IRATA - Request Information Form

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Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Candidates need to be physically fit and free from any disability or medical condition that may prevent them from working safely





Contact us

Wood Group Rope Access Training
Crofton Road

Stockton on Tees
TS18 2QZ

Tel: 01642 603706


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