Industrial Access Solutions

The Industrial Abseil Experts

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IRATA Training

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Industrial Access Solutions provides access, inspection and maintenance solutions to New Zealand's burgeoning construction, industrial, resource and energy sectors.

Our combination of integrated asset integrity solutions, highly trained and certified technicians, quality assurance systems and sustainable safety programme enable I.A Solutions to meet our clients’ needs safely, efficiently and on time.

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service with honesty, integrity and our client’s best interests at the forefront of all our operations.

Our industry experience, cutting edge technology and innovative access techniques set us apart and ensure our clients are provided with intelligent, flexible and economical access, inspection and maintenance solutions.

Train at our purpose built IRATA Rope Access Training facility in Plimmerton on the Kapiti Coast, Wellington, New Zealand.


IRATA Training 14th Jun 2021

Jun 14th - 18th

$1,995.00 incl GST

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IRATA Training 19th Jul 2021

Jul 19th - 23rd

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IRATA Training 16th Aug 2021

Aug 16th - 20th

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IRATA Training 13th Sep 2021

Sep 13th - 17th

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IRATA Training 11th Oct 2021

Oct 11th - 15th

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IRATA Training 15th Nov 2021

Nov 15th - 19th

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Where you’ll train

Our purpose built IRATA traning facility is based in Plimmerton, 30 minutes drive from Wellington CBD

Unit 3
6 Northpoint St
New Zealand
Tel: 0800 IRATA NZ (0800 472 826)

Places to stay

Plimmerton is a seaside town north of Wellington city. There are many great places to stay close by, but we recommend:

Moana Lodge Backpackers
Spinnaker Motel


TACS refers to IRATA’s Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme which sets out the training, assessment and certification criteria for personnel engaging rope access work methods.

It details the requirements for obtaining and revalidating your IRATA certification for the various levels, explains the training syllabus and assessment criteria and provides guidance for candidates, including pre-training requirements and topics covered.

TACS also details the requirements and provides guidance for IRATA training member companies, Instructors and Assessors and the assessment process.

Download link to IRATA TACS

Yes, you will need to complete a medical declaration detailing any physiological or psychological conditions which may effect your ability to safely complete the course.

You must complete the declaration honestly and we also reserve the right to remove anyone from the training course at any time if we consider them to pose a risk to the health and safety of themselves or others.

Rope access can be a strenous activity and your training course will at times push you physically, however with the correct training and proper techniques anyone with a reasonable level of strength and fitness can successfully complete the course.

That said, if you are concerned about your fitness please contact us and we can offer you some sound advice to help improve your fitness prior to your course.

Your assessment will be carried out by an independent IRATA certified assessor in accordance with the specific assessment criteria for each IRATA level.

I.A Solutions has no involvement in the assessment process other than a healthy dose of encouragement and moral support.

There are no grey areas, as the assessment is made against strict, transparent criteria which require candidates to successfully complete particular manoeuvres in a timely, efficient manner.

Your assessor will brief you prior to commencing your assessment and you are free to ask questions or seek clarification from the assessor at anytime during your assessment

To pass your assessment you’ll need to complete each manoeuvre or scenario requested by your assessor in a timely, competent manner.

You also need to be aware that an IRATA rope access course is not a ‘participate and you pass’ affair. It is like sitting your driving licence, if you make too many mistakes, take too long or fail to complete the assigned and requested manoeuvres you won’t pass your assessment.

You may fail your assessment by –

  • Failing to complete a scenario or manoeuvre as instructed by your assessor
  • Excessive time to complete a scenario or manoeuvre
  • Committing three minor discrepancies (acts which compromise the safety of yourself or others) e.g. failing to lock a karabiner
  • Committing one major discrepancy (a critical safety issue which place yourself or others at risk) e.g. one point of contact

Major and minor discrepancies will be explained to you by your assessor prior to the assessment and your trainers will also constantlly drill you on them as we progress through the training.

Despite your best efforts, what happen when things just don’t pan out the way you hoped. We’ll don’t fret I.A Solutions guarantees its training! This means we’ll give you as much free training as you need as well as a free re-assessment.

All you’ll need to do is book on to the next available course vacancy and we’ll take care of the rest……at no additional charge…. yup free!

Are you 18 years of age? Do you have a reasonable standard of fitness? Well that’s pretty much it, just complete your minimum of 4 days training and pass your 1 day assessment and you’ll be a shiny new IRATA Level 1.

OK, here’s where it starts getting a little more serious.

To move up from IRATA Level 1 to Level 2, you’ll need a minimum of 1000 logged hours and 12 months experience as an IRATA Level 1.

You’ll then need to complete a minimum 4 days of IRATA Level 2 training and pass your 1 day assessment.

And remember if you cannot produce your IRATA logbook on assessment day you will not be assessed!

This is the pinnacle, an IRATA Level 3 Rope Access Safety Supervisor no less.

To move up from IRATA Level 2 to Level 3, you’ll need a minimum of 1000 logged hours and 12 months experience as an IRATA Level 2.

You’ll then need to compete a minimum 4 days of IRATA Level 3 training and pass your 1 day assessment. 

Again, no official IRATA log book on assessment day, no assessment!

Your IRATA logbook is essentially your passport to work and is used to record all your work details, including hours, tasks undertaken, height of work and access techniques used etc.

It’s an essential item for candidates wishing to be assessed to higher IRATA levels, as they’ll need to be able to produce a correctly filled out, up to date logbook detailing the hours required for them to be considered for higher levels.

You must produce your up to date logbook on day one of your training so we can check off your hours and ensure it’s completed correctly prior to your assessment.

Logged hours must be signed off by an IRATA Level 3 or the worksite manager or supervisor.

So remember keep it safe and keep it up to date because if you can’t produce an updated logbook you cannot sit your assessment!

All IRATA qualifications last for 3 years from the date of your successful assessment.

It all boils down to 2 simple things, maximising your personal safety and your work prospects.

IRATA is recognised globally as the industry leader in industrial rope access. It has developed its own safe system of work which includes its Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS), International Codes of Practice (ICOP) and audited member companies and their operating procedures.

IRATA’s safe system of work has produced an unprecedented safety record during its almost 30 years of operation. This system has been repeatedly shown, over 10’s of millions of man hours to be the safest most efficient rope access system in the world.

In contrast, IRAANZ is essentially an independent certification body without any formal safe system of work. It has no direct control over the delivery, contents or quality of NZQA’s rope access training modules. It also does not produce its own operating guidelines instead relying on Worksafe New Zealand’s best bractice guidelines.

Still not convinced? Well lets talk work prospects….

IRATA – recognised globally and accepted in over 50 countries around the world.

The industry standard for rope access work in the international oil and gas and resources sectors, including Australia’s iron ore mines and Alumina refineries.

One of only two rope access certifications recognised by the Global Wind Organisation for rope access work on wind turbines.

IRAANZ – recognised and accepted in New Zealand and a few states of Australia where it is generally restricted to the building maintenance sector.

Yes you can, however we need to make you aware of a few things regarding the process.

Firstly it’s not a simple process and it not only requires a fair amount of paperwork but there are a few additional costs and fees.

Secondly, the minimum training requirement for direct entry is 4 days training folowed by a 1 day assessment and training companies are not permitted to present below standard candidates for IRATA assessment.

To ensure you are up to the required standard you will be assessed continually during your initial 4 day training course. If we do not consider you to have meet the required standard we will not permit your to sit your assessment and you will be required to undertake additional training at your expense.

You will need to supply a record of your rope access work including –

  1. A resume or CV detailing your rope access experience
  2. A log of rope access hours worked including the follwing information date, location, type of site, height, role, access method, type of work and employing company. Logged hours must be verified by either a supervisor’s, level 3’s or equivilent, job manager’s or company owner’s signature or signed written statement.
  3. Copies of any applicable certificates or qualifications e.g. expired Level 1, confined space, working at height, IRAANZ or SPRAT qualifications etc.) and training syllabuses.
  4. References from previous employers covering the required amount of logged hours
  5. Copies of safe operating procedure covering the required amount of logged hours

Candidates seeking direct entry IRATA level 2 require the following logged hours –

  1. 1500 logged hours
  2. 1000 of which are covered by supplied references
  3. 500 of which have been gained working under the supplied safe operating procedures

Candidates seeking direct entry IRATA level 3 require the following logged hours –

  1. 2500 logged hours
  2. 2000 of which are covered by supplied references
  3. 1000 of which have been gained working under the supplied safe operating procedures

Unfortunately we do need to cover the additional costs the direct entry process incurs. This means you’ll need to pay an additional adminstration and verification fee of $750 incl GST, in addition to our standard standard course fees. Should we also deem you to be below the acceptable standard for assessment after completeing your 4 day training we will require you to complete a further 4 day training course at a cost of $1150 incl GST.

Your final breakdown on course fees is as follow –

Mininmum 5 day IRATA training and Assessment – $1950.00

IRATA direct entry admiistration & verification fee – $750.00

Total – $2702.5 incl GST

Mininmum 5 day IRATA training and Assessment – $1950.00

Additional training if required – $1000.00

IRATA direct entry admiistration & verification fee – $750.00

Total – $3700.00 incl GST

No, provided your certification has not been expired for longer than 6 months you can regain your current level.

You’ll need to complete a 2 day refresher training course before booking yourself in for recerification training. Once you’ve successfully completed your 5 day training and assessment, you’re good to go.

There’s a little more to it if you have the required hours and are planning on moving up a level.

Firstly you’ll need to obtain a reference from the IRATA training company with whom you completed your previous IRATA certification. You’ll then need to successfully complete 4 days training and 1 day assessment for the level you held previously i.e. level 1 or 2 and obtain a “Good” standard.

Once you’re back in the saddle, you’ll need to complete an additional 150 logged hours and 3 months experience at your current level before you can untertake an IRATA training course at a higher level.

Again you won’t have to start from scratch, however you will have a few more hurdles.

Provided your certification has not been expired for a longer than 24 months, you will be able to recertify to your previous level.

You will need to complete a 2 day refresher training course in addition to a 1 day appraisal prior to undertaking your 5 day training and assessment for your particular level.

Unfortunately you will not be able to upgrade to a higher IRATA level as easily once your expiry period exceeds 6 months .

Firstly you’ll need to recertify to the IRATA level you previously held. You’ll then need a further 300 logged hours , 6 months experience and a reference from the IRATA company you last trained with before you can carry out training and assessment at a higher level.

Sorry to say it, but once you’ve hit the 24 month mark there’s no coming back to your previous IRATA level.

You’ll need to complete a 4 day training course and 1 day assessment at the level immediately below your previous level i.e. an expired level 2 will drop to level 1 and a level 3 will drop to level 2.

However its not all doom and gloom, provided you gain a “Good” standard on your assessment and can provide a reference from the previous IRATA training company you’ll be eligible to register for training and assessment at your previous level after minimum of 3 months additional experience and 150 logged hours for level 2’s and 300 logged hours for level 3’s.