Rope Access Standards and Certification systems *:
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Rope Access
Certification Systems
BARA is a tradeorganisation for individuals and companies following standards ie. Guidelines, Safe practices and Certification Requirements, that are publically available*

Rope access systems with publically available certification requirements:

SPRAT
Society of Professional Rope Acceess Technicians.

A worldwide rope access certification system, originating from USA.
Publicly available documents and Certification Requirements for all levels and for Evaluators.

Levels:
- I (Worker).
- II (Technician). Requires at least 500 hours of documented and signed rope access work since level I.
- III (Supervisor). Requires at least 500 hours of documented and signed rope access work since level II.
Each level usually requires at least 4 days of training and one day of certification (evaluation) for each level.
- IV. Evaluator
Evaluators are ao required to have a valid level III, pass an Evaluator certification, be approved by the Certification Committee and participate at least every other year in an Evaluator Workshop.

Download SPRAT Certification Requirements.

PRAT
Professional Rope Access Tachnician

A worldwide rope access certification system, originating from Scandinavia.
Publicly available documents and Certification Requirements for all levels and for Evaluators:

Levels:
- I (Worker).
- II (Supervisor).
Each level usually requires 6 days of training and one day of certification (evaluation for each level.
- III. Trainer
- IV. Evaluator
Evaluators are ao required to have a valid level II, Supervisor and to be approved as Evaluator by a current Evaluator through at least three different evaluation sessions and participate in the PRAT TMA (Training, Maintenance & Approval) -meeting at least once a year.

Download PRAT Certification Requirements.

IRATA:
International Rope Access Training Association

A worldwide rope access certification system, originating from United Kingdom.
Publicly available documents and training and certification Requirements for all levels and for Assessors:

IRATA International Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme:

Levels:
- I (Worker).
- II (Technician). Requires at least 1000 hours of documented and signed rope access work since level I.
- III (Supervisor). Requires at least 1000 hours of documented and signed rope access work since level II.
Each level requires at least 4 days of training and one day of assessment (evaluation) for each level.
- IV. Assessor
Assessors are ao required to have had a valid level III for at least 6 years and to go through Evaluator training and assessment.

Download IRATA Certification Requirements.


Other rope access systems:
FISAT
Fach- und interesseverband für Seilunterstützte Arbeitstechniken.
Publicly available documents and Certification Requirements for rope access technicians, but NOT for Assessors:
A german rope access certification system:
"The examination must be taken in German language. All admission prerequisites have to be substantiated in German language."

SOFT
Samarbeitsorganet for tilkomstteknik.

A norwegian rope access certification system, only used in Norway.

No publicly available information about certification requirements, levels and evaluators etc.
SOFT says, that the standard and certification requirements for this standard are not publically available.
DRAFO

DRAFO

Allan Hallbergs attemt at legitimizing a rope access training and certification standard.

Allan Hallberg claims that DRAFO is "...a true copy of IRATA lev el 1".
However. Allan Hallberg is not even IRATA certified himself.

More information about this "standard" and Allan Hallbergs claims about it.



This page is an attempt to give a brief overview of rope access standards and certification requirements etc. with publically available certification requirements, available and used in Scandinavia and neighbouring countries.

By publically available we mean standards, includingt Certification Requirements, that are open source, publically available and accessable by anyone without ie. passwrds or payment, thus allowing all interested parties to know exactly what standards a company or an individual has been proven to be able to adhere to.

We strongly believe, that a safetystandard for any kind of work at height including rope access work, should be publically available.
Unfortunately, it has become an industry in itself to acquire standards for safety at work, eg. EN-standards and then make them uanavailable to the general public, without heavy payment, just to be able to just see and read safety standards, that affect us all.
Fortunately most/all international rope access organisations has managaed to stay out of this circus and to keep their standards available in the public domain.
We hope this will continue, and strongly encourage anyone to use rope access -services, -companies and -technicians that subscribe and follow standards, that are available to anyone.


Bestyrelsen, BARA, 23. september, 2019.