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.
  • Within North America, IRATA direct entry certification is permitted at Level II only.
  • Within North America, IRATA currently allows SPRAT technicians in possession of a valid SPRAT certificate/card and logbook to convert into the IRATA 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.

IRATA Direct Entry Level II Requirements

  • Technicians will need to complete an IRATA Previous Work Log (IRATA form 030) showing a minimum of 18 months and 1500 hours working on a two-rope system.
  • Professional work at height resume (should include references).
  • Letter of recommendation from employer or trainer.
  • Company operating procedures which outline work methods utilizing a two-rope system.

Upon Approval (from IRATA verifier):

  • Complete a four-day (minimum) rope access training course from an IRATA Training Member Company and managed by an IRATA Level III.
  • Complete a Level I & II written test.
  • Complete a Level I & II assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor over a period of two days

Please see 032R Procedures for IRATA Registration and Direct Entry for detailed guidance.

SPRAT to IRATA Conversion

  • A certified SPRAT level I technician wishing to convert to IRATA level I must complete a four-day (minimum) rope access training course from an IRATA Training Member Company followed by a level I assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor.
  • A certified SPRAT level II technician with a minimum of 1000 hours and one years’ experience at that level (documented in a SPRAT log book) wishing to convert to IRATA level II must complete a four-day (minimum) rope access training course from an IRATA Training Member Company followed by a level II assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor. Technicians who have an in date SPRAT level II but do not have 1000 hours and/or one years’ experience at that level are eligible for IRATA level I conversion as outlined above.
  • A certified SPRAT level III technician with a minimum of 1000 hours and one years’ experience at that level (documented in a SPRAT log book) wishing to convert to IRATA level III must complete a four-day (minimum) rope access training course from an IRATA Training Member Company followed by a level III assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor. Technicians who have an in date SPRAT level III but do not have 1000 hours and/or one years’ experience at that level are eligible for IRATA level II conversion as outlined above providing they have a minimum of 1500 total logged hours.