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4.3.4 Rope access Technicians who are upgrading or revalidating shall provide their logbooks to the IRATA International trainer member company at the start of the training course. Where rope access Technicians have lost their logbooks, they shall arrange for a replacement to be issued, completed and verified before assessment. Rope access Technicians who are upgrading or revalidating shall provide their logbooks to the IRATA Trainer member company prior to the start of the training course. Where rope access Technicians have lost their logbooks, they shall arrange for a replacement to be issued, completed and verified before training commences.
4.5 Direct and accelerated entry to Level 2 and Level 3

Candidates with significant rope access experience logged outside the IRATA International system may be eligible for direct or accelerated entry. Such applications require full compliance with the requirements of document 032 Procedures for IRATA registration and direct entry.
Conversion and accelerated entry to IRATA Certification

The Direct Entry scheme permitted candidates to be trained and assessed at the IRATA certification level equivalent to their rope access experience and skills. This scheme is now obsolete.

Candidates with significant rope access experience evidenced outside the IRATA system may be eligible for conversion or accelerated entry into the IRATA certification scheme. The requirements for conversion are available from IRATA Training member companies.
4.6.11 At the end of the assessment, the Assessor shall debrief each candidate and inform them of the result. The candidate shall sign the assessment form to confirm he/she has received training covering all parts of the syllabus, acceptance of the result and debrief. Candidates shall retain the yellow copy of the assessment sheet. The candidate shall sign the IRATA Technician Assessment Form [FM-025] at the beginning of the assessment. At the end of the assessment, the Assessor shall debrief each candidate and inform them of the result. The Assessor shall provide all copies of the completed IRATA Technician Assessment Form [FM-025] to the Training member company (see clause 7.9.5).
4.8 In the case of a complaint or dispute, an aggrieved party may write to the Complaints Officer at the IRATA International office, giving details of his/her complaint. Full details of the appeals and complaints procedure may be obtained from the IRATA International office. Complaints can be submitted through the IRATA website (www.irata.org) or by writing to complaints@irata.org. The Complaints and Appeals procedure [MP-256] is available from www.irata.org.
4.9.6 Registration of assessments takes place once the trainer member company has been paid and has passed on the information to IRATA International. IRATA will not process complaints in relation to fees or contractual disputes.
4.13.1 Logbooks are issued by the IRATA International office and shall be maintained by the rope access Technician. Logbook entries shall be countersigned by the supervising Level 3 rope access Technician. Logbooks are issued by IRATA Head Office and shall be maintained by the rope access Technician.

Logbook entry verification signatures and company contact details shall only be provided by the following persons:

a) An IRATA Level 3 Technician who was directly involved in the supervision of the rope access activities;
b) A Director, General Manager, Rope Access Manager, or Technical Authority of the rope access company responsible for the undertaking of the rope access activities;
c) A rope access site Project Manager who is responsible for the project management of the worksite where the rope access activities were undertaken.
4.13.5 Once the rope access Technician’s logbook has been issued, all subsequent IRATA assessments shall be recorded in it. The record shall include the date and outcome (pass/fail) and shall be signed by the Assessor. All IRATA assessments shall be recorded in the rope access Technician’s logbook. The original course training dates, location, and course title (e.g. Level 2 upgrade) shall be recorded in the boxes provided. Failed assessments shall be recorded in the ‘Record of Training Courses Attended’ section of the candidate’s logbook. The word ‘Fail’ shall be recorded in the box titled ‘Other information’ with the date clearly recorded in the same box. The Assessor shall record their IRATA number and signature in the box titled ‘Training Organisation & Course Stamp’.
4.13.10 Logbook entries should be made as soon as possible after the end of each logged period. These entries shall be made using a ball-point pen in either blue or black ink. Logbook entries should be made after the end of each period of qualifying rope access activities (see clause 4.14.5). These entries shall be legible and made using a ball-point pen in either blue or black ink.
4.13.11 If any rope access Technician loses their logbook, they should replace it immediately and, where possible, obtain references for the hours they have lost. Where lost hours are required to move up a level, e.g. Level 1 to Level 2, the candidate shall obtain credible references to verify the hours they have lost. Maintaining a scanned copy can guard against such problems. If any rope access Technician loses their logbook, they shall contact IRATA immediately to arrange for a replacement. Technicians shall obtain credible references (see clause 4.13.1) for all lost logbook hours.

Where lost hours are required to move up a level, e.g. Level 1 to Level 2, the Technician shall obtain credible reference documents to verify the hours in the replacement logbook before training commences. Maintaining a scanned copy of a logbook can facilitate the process of completing a replacement logbook.
5.1 To comply with the IRATA International membership requirements, employers shall ensure that their employees’ or sub-contractors’ IRATA International certificates are current and, in the case of Level 3s, that they hold an appropriate and current first-aid qualification. Assessment results are recorded both in the rope access Technician’s logbook and on the IRATA online system. Rope access Technicians, Assessors and training companies shall also each retain a copy of the assessment form. To comply with the IRATA membership requirements, member companies shall ensure that their employees’ or sub-contractors’ IRATA certificates are current and, in the case of Level 3s, that they hold an appropriate and current first-aid qualification. Assessment results are recorded both in the rope access Technician’s logbook and on the IRATA Online System (IOS).
Figure 3 Change in Rope manoeuvres remove deviations Change in Rope manoeuvres, the creation of two boxes for single and double deviations
6.2.2.1 In most countries, a legal framework exists to control health and safety in the workplace. In many cases, IRATA International’s system provides controls that exceed the requirements of such legislation; however, there are exceptions. Information on local legislation is provided in Part 4 of the ICOP, or by contacting the appropriate IRATA regional area committee.

NOTE At the date of publication of this document, many jurisdictions do not yet have their own ICOP Part 4 dealing with their local legislation.
In most countries, a legal framework exists for the control of health and safety in the workplace. In many cases, IRATA’s system provides controls that exceed the requirements of such legislation; however, there may be exceptions.

Members may contact their IRATA Regional Advisory Committee (RAC) for further information. RAC contact details are available at www.irata.org.
6.4.6.2.4 Trainers shall emphasize the application of the hierarchical approach (as is detailed in ICOP Part 2, 2.7 and 2.11, and Annex P), which prioritizes the removal of hazards before considering avoidance through rigging methods or mitigation through rope protection. The level of protection offered by various rope protection methods should be explained. Consideration should be given to arranging separate protection for each rope. Trainers shall emphasize the application of the hierarchical approach (as is detailed in ICOP [TC-102] Part 2, 2.7 and 2.11, and Annex P), which prioritizes the removal of hazards before considering avoidance through rigging methods or mitigation through rope protection. The level of protection offered by various rope protection methods should be explained. Consideration should be given to arranging separate protection for each rope.

IRATA training courses shall include all mandatory training support tools provided by IRATA such as the IRATA ‘Edge and Rope Management Video’ (available at www.irata.org).
7.1.4 A prospective Trainer member shall not undertake training and assessments until the notification of a successful membership ballot by the executive committee. Only certified IRATA Trainer member companies are permitted to provide IRATA training and assessments.
7.3.5 It is essential that candidates are properly trained in both the methods and the equipment they use at work. Candidates shall be made aware of a variety of available equipment, and the advantages and disadvantages of each shall be explained. The equipment used during practical training shall be noted on the assessment form in the box marked Equipment used during training It is essential that candidates are properly trained in both the methods and the equipment they use at work. Candidates shall be made aware of a variety of available equipment, and the advantages and disadvantages of each shall be explained. The equipment used during practical training shall be noted on the assessment form in the box marked Equipment used in training.
7.5 Third-party training arrangements Third-party training
7.5.1 It is the responsibility of the Trainer member company to ensure any non-member offering IRATA International training by way of an agreement with an IRATA training member company clearly identifies the IRATA Trainer member company delivering the training, including membership number. For example, if ABC Company has an agreement for a Trainer member company to provide IRATA International training, then their advertising and all related materials shall clearly state that the IRATA International training offered by ABC is delivered by the named full IRATA Trainer member company No. 1234/T. 7 Third-party IRATA training permitted a non-member company to provide IRATA training under the membership certification of an IRATA Training member company. Third-party training is no longer permitted; therefore, all training must be provided by a certified IRATA Training member company at their audited and certified training venue(s).
7.5.2 Probationary Trainer member companies of IRATA shall not enter into third-party training arrangements. Subject to clause 7.5.4, advertisements provided by IRATA members, and/or other parties, regarding the provision of IRATA training shall clearly state that such training is being provided by an IRATA certified member at their IRATA approved training venue(s). In such cases advertisements shall clearly stipulate the full IRATA member company name and full IRATA membership number of the member providing the training.
7.5.3 Where a third-party training agreement exists, the Trainer shall not be an employee or director of the third-party company and all training records, including details of venue, risk assessment and equipment, shall be kept by the IRATA Trainer member company for review, in accordance with IRATA International audit requirements. Subject to clause 7.5.2 only IRATA member companies may use the IRATA logo.
7.5.4 If IRATA International training is offered or delivered by a non-Trainer member company, an infringement shall be deemed to have been committed, which may include the revocation of the IRATA International registration of any person or persons involved. It is not permissible for non-IRATA member companies, who undertake rope access activities, to advertise the provision of IRATA training or use the IRATA logo in any form.
7.6 Training at remote sites

IRATA Trainer member company status can only be approved following an audit of the company’s training facility. Before training is carried out at locations other than the original audited facility, the IRATA Trainer member company’s training manager shall ensure an internal audit is carried out in accordance with IRATA form 006, Pre-training course checklist – internal audit.
Training venues

All training venues intended for the provision of IRATA training and assessment shall be subject to audit and approval by IRATA. Compliance with IRATA membership requirements will be verified at an IRATA audit and are subject to the approval of an IRATA audit panel. IRATA Training member companies shall ensure a pre-course risk assessment is carried out in accordance with the IRATA Pre-Training Course Checklist [FM-006] and is kept current. For further information refer to the Audit Checklist [FM-039] and the Training Venue Approval Policy [QP-314].
7.7.2 IRATA form 006, Pre-training course checklist – internal audit, shall be completed each time a new lead Trainer is used. The completed form shall be posted on the wall in the training venue for visiting Assessors, auditors and trainees to see. The Pre-Training Course Checklist [FM-006] shall be updated each time there is a significant change to the training resources that may give rise to a change in risk. It is mandatory for FM-006 to be updated each time a new lead trainer is used. The completed form shall be posted on the wall in the training venue for visiting Assessors, auditors and trainees to see.
7.8.2 The training company shall have a representative on site during the assessment. It is strongly recommended that this is the Trainer. This is for two reasons: to provide rescue cover during the assessment and to sign off the assessment form to show that the training has been delivered in accordance with the requirements of this scheme. The Trainers’ presence is also valuable to explain particular equipment and techniques used in training. The Training member company shall ensure a Level 3 Technician is in attendance throughout the assessment in order to provide rescue cover and first aid support; and shall have thorough knowledge of the training provided to the candidates being assessed.
7.9.4 Where required documentation is missing, the candidate shall not receive the yellow copy of the assessment form from the IRATA Trainer member company until the Assessor is satisfied that the missing documentation has been provided. Removed
7.9.5/4 The assessment form result is valid for a period of 60 days, until the IRATA secretariat formally registers and produces a certificate for the candidate at the level assessed. During this 60-day period, the completed assessment form showing a pass may be used in lieu of the certificate. The Technician Assessment Form [FM-025] is valid for a period of 60 days. Subject to verification the IRATA Head Office will formally register the outcome of the assessment and provide a certificate for the candidate. During this 60-day period, the completed assessment form may be used as evidence of the assessment outcome.
7.9.6/5 The completed assessment form copies shall be distributed as follows:
a) white (top) and pink copies are retained by IRATA training member company;
b) blue copy to the Assessor;
c) yellow copy to the candidate.
The completed white copy shall be held securely by the Training member company for a minimum period of four years.
The Training member company shall issue the yellow copy to the candidate.
7.9.7/6 For the IRATA online registration system, the necessary information for each candidate shall be entered as required by that system. A colour digital portrait photograph shall be uploaded for each candidate, which meets the following requirements:
a) the photograph shall be clear and sharp and show a true likeness of the candidate;
b) the file name shall include the candidate’s name;
c) the file shall be saved in jpeg format;
d) the file size shall be 300 pixels wide by 400 pixels high.

The above information shall be accompanied by an IRATA form 42, Assessment day form, summarising the assessment and signed and dated by the Assessor. The form should be scanned and emailed to registration@irata.org.

NOTE: Registrations entered online cannot be approved and processed until this form has been received.
For the IOS, the required information for each candidate shall be entered by the IRATA Trainer member company. A colour digital portrait photograph shall be uploaded for each candidate, which meets the following requirements:

a) the photograph shall be clear and sharp and show a true likeness of the candidate;
b) the file name shall include the candidate’s name;
c) the file shall be saved in jpeg format;
d) the file size shall be 300 pixels wide by 400 pixels high;
e) the photograph shall not display company names or branding;
f) hats or head coverings are not permitted except when worn for religious reasons and only if the full facial features are clearly visible.

Each completed IRATA Technician Assessment Form [FM-025] and the Assessment Day Form [FM-042] should be scanned by the IRATA Trainer member company and emailed to registrations@irata.org.

NOTE: Registrations entered online will not be processed until these forms have been received at IRATA Head Office.
7.9.8/7 On receipt of the documentation by the IRATA secretariat, a certificate of competence, an identification card (ID card) and, for Level 1, a logbook, is issued, stating the level and type of certificate awarded and the expiry date. This documentation is issued direct to the candidate, unless directed otherwise by the IRATA Trainer member company. Upon verification and approval of the documentation by IRATA Head Office, a certificate of competence, a photo identification card (ID card) and, for new technicians, a logbook is issued stating the level and type of certificate awarded and the expiry date. This documentation is issued directly to the candidate, unless requested otherwise by the IRATA Trainer member company.
7.9.9/8 The cost of registration includes a certificate, an IRATA logbook and an ID card, which contains a photograph and states the current level attained. The cost of registration includes a certificate, an IRATA logbook and an ID card stating the current level attained.
7.9.10/9 Duplicate certificates to replace any that have been lost or destroyed are only issued after extensive enquiries. A fee is charged for replacement ID cards and logbooks. A fee is charged for all replacement documents.
7.9.11/10 Submission of documentation to the IRATA secretariat should be within 30 days after the assessment. Registration and the issue of certificates, logbooks and ID cards should be completed within a further 30 days. The period from the assessment date to the issue of a certificate is normally not more than 60 days. Submission of documentation to the IRATA Head Office should be within 30 days after the assessment. Registration and the issue of certificates, logbooks and ID cards should be completed within a further 30 days. The period from the assessment date to the issue of a certificate is normally not more than 60 days.
7.9.12/11 Applications for registration submitted by the IRATA Trainer member company later than 30 days after assessment should be accompanied by a letter of explanation. This may be subject to review by the IRATA training committee and appropriate action may be taken. Applications for registration submitted by the IRATA Trainer member company later than 30 days after assessment should be accompanied by a letter of explanation which will be reviewed by IRATA Head Office.
7.9.13/12 For the avoidance of doubt, it is reiterated that the training and registering of rope access Technicians may only be carried out by the IRATA Trainer member company which carried out the training. The registration of rope access Technicians may only be carried out by the IRATA Trainer member company which carried out the training.
7.10.1 All candidate assessment records are maintained within the IRATA International rope access Technician database. All candidate assessment records are maintained within the IOS.
7.10.3 The Assessor shall retain a copy of the assessment form for a period of three years. Removed
7.10.4/3 Training member companies shall ensure all evidence used to meet training and assessment criteria is held for a minimum of three years. This shall include copies of:

• assessment forms;
• medical declarations;
• written assessment question paper
• evidence of addressing language issues in training;
• direct and accelerated entry supporting documentation;
• Trainers’ first aid certification.

This information may be subject to an audit appointed by the IRATA training committee.
Training member companies shall ensure all evidence used to meet training and assessment criteria is held for a minimum of four years. This shall include copies of:

• assessment forms;
• Candidate Disclaimer and Liability Release [FM-014] forms;
• written assessment question papers;
• evidence of language accommodations;
• conversion and accelerated entry supporting documentation;
• Trainers’ first aid certification.
9.1.8 The Assessor shall be fully conversant with the requirements of the level being assessed, including any differences for expired, accelerated or direct entry candidates. For full details, see IRATA document 032, Procedures for IRATA Registration and Direct Entry. The Assessor shall be fully conversant with the requirements of the level being assessed, including any additional requirements for expired, accelerated or conversion entry candidates.
9.1.9 Nil Assessors shall not conduct IRATA assessments in parallel with any non-IRATA assessment or evaluation. Assessors are not permitted to conduct IRATA assessments at the same time as performing an evaluation, assessment or examination for any other certification body or qualification. Therefore, no multiple assessments shall be undertaken nor can an IRATA Assessor, or an examiner from another organisation, carry out an assessment of the same technicians during an IRATA assessment.
9.1.10 Nil Other activities taking place within a Training member company venue during an IRATA assessment are not precluded, providing these activities do not unduly influence the outcome of the IRATA assessment. It is the responsibility of the IRATA Assessor to make this determination.
9.6.1 Assessors should consider safety, technique, use of equipment, time taken, efficiency and overall competence to determine a candidate’s score for each task. Assessors should consider safety, technique, use of equipment, time taken, efficiency and overall competence to determine a candidate’s outcome.
9.7.1 Candidates for Assessor status are selected by IRATA International and are required to undergo further training and assessment before appointment. Rope access Technicians who have worked at Level 3 for at least six years and have training experience may apply for selection by completing IRATA form 002, Application to become an Assessor. Candidates for Assessor status are selected by IRATA and are required to undergo further training and assessment before appointment. IRATA Level 3 rope access Technicians who have held certification for a minimum of six (6) years, have IRATA training and operational experience; and hold a valid first aid certificate may apply to be considered for selection by completing an Application to Become an Assessor [FM-002]. Assessor applications are accepted in response to current recruitment notices published on the IRATA website. Please see the Assessor Selection, Training & Certification scheme [TC-122] for more details.