Direct Entry Policy

Direct entry certification is intended to allow rope access technicians who have obtained work experience on a two-rope system, outside the desired certification system, to be evaluated for certification at a level commensurate with their skill and experience. This process is reserved for qualified candidates with varied industrial rope access experience. Recreational climbing, caving and rescue utilizing single rope techniques does not generally qualify as industrial experience, although it greatly increases aptitude. To allow Ropeworks the time to assist with the Direct Entry application process, all required documentation must be submitted in its entirety to Ropeworks no later than 2 months prior to the start of the course.

  • SPRAT allows Level II direct entry certification to individuals who have not previously held a SPRAT certification.
  • SPRAT allows Level III direct entry certification to individuals who have not previously held a SPRAT certification but hold a Level III certification with a different system.

SPRAT Direct Entry Level II Requirements

  • Level II technician candidates shall provide documentation of work experience employing a two-rope system of at least 500 hours (hours should be signed off by a supervisor, manager or client). Documentation of work experience should include details of the type of work, dates of work, number of hours on rope and the forms of access (e.g. descending, ascending, rope transfer, hauling, rigging, etc.).
  • Candidates shall provide a work at height resume that includes 2 professional references, employers, pertinent experience, position(s), responsibilities and previous training.
  • Candidates shall attend a SPRAT evaluation and certification session and successfully complete a level II written test and a level II field evaluation by an independent SPRAT Evaluator (Direct Entry Candidates will be evaluated on all skills required at level I and level II).

SPRAT Direct Entry Level III Requirement

  • Level III technician candidates shall provide documentation of work experience employing a two-rope system of at least 1000 hours (hours should be signed off by a supervisor, manager or client). Documentation of work experience should include details of the type of work, dates of work, number of hours on rope and the forms of access (e.g. descending, ascending, rope transfer, hauling, rigging, etc.).
  • Candidates shall already hold a Level III certification with another system.
  • Candidates shall provide a work at height resume that includes 2 professional references, employers, pertinent experience, position (including supervisory or foreman type roles), responsibilities, and previous training.
  • Level III candidates shall provide a letter of recommendation from a supervisor, manager or client.
  • Level III candidates shall provide a current First-aid and CPR/AED certification.
  • Candidates shall attend a SPRAT evaluation and certification session and successfully complete a level III written test and a level III field evaluation by an independent SPRAT Evaluator (Direct Entry Candidates will be evaluated on all skills required at level II and level III).

Please see SPRAT Certification Requirements for Rope Access Work for detailed guidance.