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Rope access worker certification

Rope access is a work positioning technique, commonly using suspension, that is used to provide a person with access to and from a workplace in such a way that a fall is prevented or arrested. In B.C., workers must be trained and certified to perform rope access work.

Where to get certified

Rope access workers are divided into two categories, industrial and non-industrial. Each type of rope access work must be certified. There are separate certifying bodies.

Industrial rope access training

Industrial rope access workers may perform inspections, surveys, evaluations, documentation, installations, cleaning, maintenance, painting and coating, repairs, and rigging. The International Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) and the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) both issue certificates. There are three levels of Rope Access Technician certificates. All are valid for three years.

Non-industrial rope access training

On non-industrial worksites, rope access may be used for surveying, evaluating, client recreation assistance, rigging, and scientific research. Rope access workers may be employed at climbing gyms and outdoor recreation facilities. The Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and British Columbia Cave Rescue (BCCR) issue certificates for non-industrial rope access.