Membership Requirements

IRATA International’s new Membership Requirements came into effect on the 1st July 2021.

This means that, on the 30th June 2021, the use of the ‘Membership Audit Checklist’ [FM-039ENG] became obsolete for audit purposes and was replaced by the ‘Stage 1 Audit Form’ [FM-333ENG].

From the 1st July 2021, IRATA Members will be audited against the revised standard - the ‘IRATA Membership Requirements’ [QP-300ENG].

Auditees are advised to read the requirements and guidance documents at their soonest opportunity and update their rope access management systems accordingly. Good preparation will ease the transition to the new standards.

The following documents are important to the IRATA Membership Requirement audit process:

IRATA MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION GUIDE [GU-325ENG]

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This document provides guidance to companies applying for IRATA Membership and explains the application and audit process. It provides information regarding the minimum requirements that must be met by companies to be eligible to apply for IRATA Membership and guidance for completing the Stage 1 Audit Form.

AUDIT GUIDE FOR IRATA MEMBERS [GU-354ENG]

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This document provides IRATA member companies with an overview of the IRATA audit process.

IRATA Membership Requirements [QP-300ENG]

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This document stipulates the standards that IRATA members and applicants are required to demonstrate compliance with, in order to attain and/or hold IRATA Membership.

The standards required for IRATA training venues are also stated within this document, further information regarding training venue approval can be found in the Training Venue Approval Policy [QP-314ENG].

Guidance to the IRATA Membership Requirements [GU-301ENG]

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This document is designed to provide user friendly guidance and some further information on the IRATA Membership Requirements. The information is set out ‘clause by clause’, for example, the guidance for clause 2.3 of the standard will relate to clause 2.3 of the guidance document.

This guidance document is intended to provide additional information but it is not intended to define or instruct users on methodology, processes, practices or documentation preparation.

Compliance with the guidance is not a requirement and therefore, the word ‘should’ is used as opposed to ‘shall’. Auditees may choose to comply with the standards in a way other than suggested in the guidance. Ultimately, compliance must be achieved and there may be more than one way to do this. It should be noted that Auditees will not be audited to the guidance document.

STAGE 1 AUDIT FORM [FM-333ENG]

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The Stage 1 Audit Form must be completed by IRATA members and applicants prior to the Stage 1 audit. The information provided will be used by the auditor to determine the audit scope, for example to establish the scope of rope access activities, the types of industries in which the auditee operates, the rope access related procedures that the company has in place and potential audit locations. This information also assists the auditor to plan and make arrangements for the audit. Therefore, it is important that accurate and up to date information is supplied at all times.

Differences Between Form 039 and Membership Requirements [GU-310ENG]

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This document describes the differences between the previous audit checklist [FM-039ENG] (also known as Form 039) and the IRATA Membership Requirements [QP-300ENG]. The document provides information that will assist auditees to bridge the transition from the previous standard to the current requirements.

Membership Requirements Cross Reference to IRATA Governance Documents [GU-311ENG]

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IRATA governance and policy documents such as the ICOP [TC-102ENG], the TACS [TC-101ENG] and the IRATA Bye-Laws [QP-103ENG] form the basis of the IRATA Membership Requirements [QP-300ENG]. These are known as ‘normative references’ i.e. they provide the grounds upon which the standards are based.

This document can be used to cross-reference the IRATA Membership Requirements [QP-300ENG] with the IRATA governance documents.

IRATA Membership Requirements Audit Checklist [FM-312ENG]

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This document provides a basic audit checklist against which auditees can gauge their compliance to the IRATA Membership Requirements [QP-300ENG] and can be used for conducting internal audits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to the FAQ area prior to contacting IRATA. If auditees require further clarification about the new standards, please write to us at membership@irata.org stating ‘Membership Requirements’ in the subject line.

Please note that IRATA is not able to provide instructional advice or provide specific information regarding how a company achieves compliance. Nor can IRATA provide confirmation of compliance regarding documentation, procedures or methods outside of an IRATA audit.