Note: Governmental Coronavirus restrictions are being eased in some regions and training has therefore resumed in line with local legislation. Please use the map located here, to check whether IRATA training courses are available in your area before submitting an application for a certificate extension.

IRATA will continue to monitor the situation and may alter or end the scheme as it deems appropriate. Further extensions may be granted for an additional 60 days and can be applied for up to 30 days prior to the expiry of the previous COVID-19 extension.

IRATA International ensures a safe system of work and encourages career progression for rope access technicians. Each technician is required to re-certify every three years in order to demonstrate they maintain the necessary abilities in order to work safely. Technicians may also progress through three levels as time, experience and training allow; each demanding a greater knowledge of the rope access skills necessary at the worksite.

IRATA qualifications are based on the Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS) document, following levels set and maintained by the association. They are dependent on both technical skills, theoretical knowledge, and workplace experience. As such, they provide prescribed levels of ability for technicians to achieve.

IRATA certified qualifications are recognised globally. They are ‘the’ benchmarked highest standard qualification for rope access.