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We are delighted to announce that after lengthy discussions and exchanges with the office of the 'Construction Skills Certification Scheme' (CSCS), an agency of the CITB, we have managed to get Industrial Rope Access recognised as a skill in itself. What does this mean? 

Level 3 Technicians

CSCS now accept our Level 3 certificate as the equivalent of a NVQ level 2 qualification and therefore current (in date) Level 3 technicians can apply for the CSCS ‘Blue Skilled Worker Card’. Click here to apply and then click the ‘Search by occupation’ button; and enter the text ‘IRATA’ in the space provided. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your application. 

Level 2 Technicians
Level 2 technicians, working towards achieving their Level 3 qualification, are now able to apply for the CSCS ‘Trainee Card’. In order to do so, you will need to contact IRATA Head Office (01233 754 600) and complete a declaration confirming that you are working towards achieving your Level 3. After completing and returning the form (FM193ENG) to IRATA, you will receive a confirmation letter containing a unique reference that you will be required to present to CSCS in order to complete your application.
The ‘CSCS Trainee Card’ is valid for a maximum period of 5 years from issue date and, without exception, is unable to be renewed, extended nor reapplied for after expiration. Therefore, it is of vital importance that, for the purpose of continued access to UK construction sites as an industrial rope access technician, your IRATA International level 3 industrial rope access technician qualification is achieved within 5 years of obtaining your ‘CSCS Trainee Card’. 

Level 1 Technicians

As the CSCS have deemed Level 1 technicians "unskilled" they have suggested that Level 1 technicians “could also apply for the CSCS Labourer card”. However, they have advised that “it is up to the site authority to decide whether or not they accept this card for Level 1 technicians to carry out their rope access work”. 

Please note that we are continuing to work with the CITB in order to find a solution that will better assist our Level 1 technicians to access UK construction sites. 

CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test

In order to obtain the CSCS card for which you qualify, you will be required to complete the CITB Health, Safety & Environment Test for working at height, which can access by clicking here

In the event of any queries, please contact our Technician Registration Department by telephone on 01233 754 600 or by e-mail at

2017 - 18 Membership renewal for Operator / Trainer members

Please click here to download a template of our 2017 - 18 Declaration which needs to be returned, fully completed and signed, to by 30 April 2017.

2017 London Work at Height Seminar

We are delighted to be lead presenters at the forthcoming London Work At Height Seminar on the 10 July 2017, to be held at the prestigious Guildhall in London.

To register for your free ticket and to download the full programme visit

Edge Management: Technicians should always ensure precautions are taken to prevent damage to anchor lines when they are in use. Hazards such as sharp edges, abrasive surfaces, corrosive substances and heat sources are common in the workplace and may damage ropes which may come into contact with them or close proximity.  Wherever possible, any hazard that could cause damage to the anchor lines should be removed. Technicians should utilise the hierarchical approach when identifying rope protection and edge management methodology, which prioritises the removal of hazards before considering avoidance through rigging methods or mitigation through rope protection. The following IRATA edge management poster illustrates that hierarchical approach, and is an excellent reference tool for technicians when considering rope protection and edge management methods. In addition to this poster, technicians should refer to ICOP Part 2, 2.7.10 and ICOP Annex P for further guidance. Please click here to download the poster.

ICOP Annex O: Protecting rope access technicians against environmental conditions can be downloaded here.

RAC Mediterranean & Scandinavia: We are delighted to confirm the formation of our Mediterranean and Scandinavian RACs, consisting of our members in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. We take this opportunity to wish the Chairs, namely Fernando Pinheiro (Mediterranean) and Nigel Craig (Scandinavia) every success with their efforts to further the growth and sustainability of the IRATA system, within their regions.

IRATA is the sole global trade association in the work-at-height sector; it has member companies in every continent.

Industrial rope access has been developed by IRATA in the last 25 years to a point where it is the chosen means of access for much of the work in the offshore oil and gas industry as well as a range of projects in construction, civil engineering, the built and natural environment and much more. Its success is based on thorough training and strict work guidelines that deliver an unrivalled safe working record year after year.

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