IRATA Level 3 Rope Access

For experienced rope access technicians

This course is for candidates who already have an IRATA Level 2 Qualification.

A Level 3 rope access technician shall be capable of site supervision for rope access work projects.

You must be conversant with relevant work techniques and legislation, able to demonstrate all the skill and knowledge of Levels 1 and 2. You will have a comprehensive knowledge of advanced rescue techniques and hold an appropriate current first aid certificate, to show that suitable emergency first aid training has been undertaken. You will have knowledge of the IRATA Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (TASC) and the IRATA International Code of Practice (ICOP).

Level 3 Syllabus Content

Theoretical Knowledge

  • Relevant legislation, guidelines and standards
  • 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
  • Tensioned lines
  • Work restraint
  • Horizontal lifelines
  • Anchorage selection
  • Team work
  • Communication
  • Risk assessments and method statements
  • Equipment inspection, management and records
  • Rescue management
  • Assessment of alternatives to lead climbing and, where lead climbing is a valid safe option, be capable of writing a method statement for lead climbing in a particular situation


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
  • Wide Y hang
  • Re-belay
  • Deviations
  • Rope and sling protection
  • Pull-through
  • Work restraint and horizontal lifelines
  • Tensioned ropes



  • 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
  • Rescue from ascent mode
  • Rescue from an aid-climb situation
  • Rescue past a small re-belay
  • Rescue past a deviation
  • Rescue from a mid-rope transfer
  • Haul and lower from a platform
  • Hanging haul


  • Cross haul
  • Advanced rescue
  • Tensioned ropes
  • Short link
  • Descent passing knots
  • Break into tight rope,
  • Rescue through a large re-belay


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

  • Prior to training, the application for level 3 assessment form shall be completed by the candidate and training company. This is a written recommendation from the IRATA member training company as to the candidate’s suitability for assessment at level 3
  • The candidates shall be an IRATA qualified level 2 rope access technician with a minimum of 12 months and 1000 hours of work experience (hours to be verified by an IRATA logbook and signed by an IRATA level 3 supervisor)
  • The candidate shall hold an appropriate current first aid certificate
  • 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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