IRATA Level 1 Training


The Industrial Rope Access Trade Association – IRATA – is the only internationally recognised certification scheme for industrial rope access. The Level 1 certificate is the first step in a three level structure. Candidates should expect a hard week both mentally and physically as they come to grips with the wide range of access techniques required to pass the independent assessment on the final day. As a qualified Level 1, the candidate will always be under the safety supervision of a Level 3. Safety is an overriding concern during training and assessment. It should be noted that this course requires a reasonable degree of physical and mental dexterity as well as a head for heights.


  • Rigging, knots and rope work
  • Understanding and safe use of equipment
  • Rope manoeuvres
  • Structural climbing techniques
  • Simple rescue
  • Background and theory
  • General safety and aptitude


An IRATA qualification is designed to enable qualified industrial tradesmen to access their normal tasks in a safe, efficient and low impact way. Common trades on the ropes include: NDT, inspection, electrical, rigging and painting.


The course is mainly practical with emphasis placed on learning to perform the techniques safely and efficiently. The course is assessed on the final day by an independent IRATA Assessor. On successful completion the candidate is issued with a logbook, certificate and ID card. Candidates are reassessed three-yearly. The course is of a six-day duration, including assessment.

IRATA Level 2 Training


The IRATA Level 2 certificate is the second step in the IRATA certification scheme. The Level 2 builds on the Level 1 course material and the candidate’s practical experience. More in depth rigging and rescue techniques as well as a higher degree of proficiency on the ropes consolidate the candidate’s experience and offer an introduction to the advanced techniques of Level 3. A Level 2 certificate confirms the candidate’s experience and competence to operate as a reliable worker.


  • Proficiency in all Level 1 techniques
  • Enhanced rigging techniques
  • Rescue from Ascenders
  • Rescues from manoeuvres – aid climb, deviation, rebelay, rope transfer
  • Hauling and lowering casualties
  • Level 2 theory
  • Equipment selection, inspection, care and maintenance


IRATA Level 1 technicians wishing to progress through the system. Candidates must have a minimum of 1000 logbook hours and one years’ experience, ideally in a variety of locations.


The course is mainly practical with the emphasis being placed on building the candidate’s confidence and competence in the discipline. Independent IRATA assessment is carried out on day 6. Successful candidates receive a new certificate and ID card. Certificate is valid for three years. The course is delivered over a six-day period, including assessment.

IRATA Level 3 Training


The IRATA Level 3 certificate is the top level in the IRATA certification scheme. The Level 3 builds on the candidates experience and prepares him to take on the roles of Team Leader, Safety Supervisor, Rescue-man and Rigger. Thus far IRATA rope access has an impeccable safety record, this is largely due to the quality of Level 3’s in the field. This course aims to maintain, and build on, these high standards.


  • Current legislation and regulations
  • Equipment selection, inspection, care and maintenance
  • Operational planning and risk assessment
  • Proficiency in Level 1 and 2 techniques
  • Advanced rigging techniques
  • Advanced rescue techniques
  • Team Management and responsibilities


IRATA Level 2 technicians willing and able to take on the responsibility for a rope access team. Candidates must have completed at least a year and 1000 hours as a Level 2 and should have a broad range of experience of different working environments. We would only encourage top quality candidates to apply.


The majority of the course is spent practising and refining advanced rescue techniques so that the candidate has the ability and confidence to extract any team member from any possible difficulty. There is also a written paper which concentrates on the candidate’s theoretical knowledge.

This course is delivered over a six day period, including independent IRATA assessment.

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SPRAT Training

True Mettle is a sustaining member of the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians. As such we do offer SPRAT Training on a pre-arranged basis following the SPRAT evaluation and certification guidelines. Our SPRAT Courses are similar in structure to the IRATA sessions. These courses usually are 4 days (32 Hours) in length with a third party evaluation on day 5. This course can also be extended to a 5 day ( 40 hour) training session with a 6th day evaluation.

SPRAT certifications are valid for 3 years from the successful evaluation date. The SPRAT system is different to the IRATA system in that it only requires 500 hours and 6 months experience at each level to advance from level 1 to level 2 and from level 2 to level 3.

The cost for SPRAT training is $2100/person based on a 3 person minimum per course. Corporate rates are available.

For more information visit http://SPRAT.ORG

Contact us for details on how to arrange a SPRAT training session.

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Our train and stay package includes 5 nights at the Sandman Hotel Calgary Airport which is across the street from the training centre. Free shuttle from the airport and walking distance from the training centre.

Training and accommodations starting from $2250

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