IRATA International is the leading worldwide authority on industrial rope access today. The IRATA rope access method has set the standard for safe working at height over the past 30 years with an unrivalled safety record. Its pioneers continually strive to promote global awareness of its efficient, safe and environmentally advantageous methods.

IRATA has over 650 member companies currently operating across 68 countries and ranging across industry sectors such as oil and gas, construction, renewable energy, geo-technical and non-destructive testing. IRATA certification is widely recognised as the industry standard for rope access personnel and has over 80,000 qualified technicians worldwide who are trained to the highest standard based on the IRATA Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS).

Working at height safely is not achieved without diligence and application. IRATA’s safe working record has been verified in its unique Work and Safety Analysis (WASA) that is produced annually over the last 18 years. The WASA is the most comprehensive safety analysis in the sector, reporting 19.4 million hours worked in 2020.

The Role

It is an exciting time for IRATA. To accommodate IRATA’s global growth, we are developing a focused team dedicated to servicing IRATA’s stakeholders.

The candidate will ideally have a genuine passion for the vertical world and having a positive attitude to help, listen and learn is key to the role.

You will need to be based from the office in Ashford, Kent, and be willing and able to travel to parts of the UK and around the world as required.

The post holder will:

  • be fully conversant with IRATA work techniques;
  • be involved in the development and writing of technical standards;
  • ensure all IRATA technical and training procedures are accurate and kept up to date;
  • support head office teams with health, safety and technical assistance;
  • keep up to date with current IRATA developments and technical specifications;
  • develop and organise IRATA internal and external training/demonstration events in conjunction with the head office team when required;
  • represent IRATA positively and professionally at events, such as IRATA meetings, seminars and external tradeshows;
  • deliver training or presentations either remotely (using video conferencing) or at various global locations;
  • prepare and submit regular reports on a timely basis;
  • gather and analyse statistical data and use it in support of recommendations;
  • monitor and suggest improvements to process and procedures to meet with changing requirements;
  • deliver presentations and practical training in an engaging and professional manner;
  • develop and produce clear, concise technical health & safety reports.

The person we seek will ideally meet the following criteria and be able to demonstrate the following skills:

  • technical authorship – e.g. published articles, technical standards and/or reports, policy writing and safety advisory documents;
  • have an in-depth knowledge of IRATA governance, standards and guidance documents;
  • be self-motivated, able to work autonomously and as part of a team;
  • be familiar with relevant industry legislation, technical standards and regulations;
  • be a confident user of social media, e.g. Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to engage with our stakeholders when required;
  • ability to communicate and develop professional relationships at all levels within and outside the association;
  • be organised, articulate and have a high level of literacy and numeracy;
  • have a strong command of spoken and written English.


  • IRATA Level 3 Technician (minimum 3 years’ experience)
  • Be fully versed in rope access related hazard identification, risk assessment and controls
  • Demonstrable experience in technical standards and policy writing
  • Demonstrable experience in the provision of IRATA training to the IRATA TACS
  • Good organisational and administrative skills
  • Strong MS Office skills
  • Substantial operational experience gained within rope access and use of rescue techniques and equipment
  • Have full eligibility to work in the UK
  • Be flexible in their approach to working hours


  • IRATA assessor experience
  • Have a relevant health and safety qualification i.e. IOSH, NEBOSH, BSI
  • Experience in at least two of the following industry sectors; oil and gas (onshore or offshore), non-destructive testing, renewable energy, cleaning and painting, inspection and assessment, geo-technical, construction or maintenance and repair
  • Hold a current full car driving licence and a current passport


  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • 20 days annual leave (+8 days public holidays) with annual loyalty increments up to an additional 5 days

Following successful probation, the post holder will be eligible for:

  • Pension scheme with employer contribution
  • Gym membership
  • Healthcare plan

To apply for this position:

Applicants who meet the requirements for this role should email their CV and a supporting letter demonstrating their suitability and salary expectations to [email protected].
Successful applicants will be contacted for interview.