Rope Access Training, Fitness Guidelines
Fitness Guidelines for Rope Access Training
The following guidelines are provided to help identify suitable candidates for work-at-height. If you have any questions about these guidelines do not hesitate to contact our training department.
· Minimum age requirement for certification is 18 years
· Good strength-to-weight ratio and average to good cardio fitness level
· Healthy joints and full-function of extremities (especially hands)
· Recommended maximum body weight of 220 lbs for people up to 6 ft tall. Due to equipment limitations, body weight maximum is 285 lbs.
· Will be required to perform moderate to strenuous activities for five consecutive eight hour days
· Each participant must assume all responsibility for monitoring their own physical limitations
· Individuals should abstain from activities that may threaten their health
· Candidates will be expected to keep up with an established course schedule and group pace
· A physical examination by a doctor is recommended
MENTAL APTITUDE GUIDELINES
· Healthy respect for heights
· Consistent safety attitude
· Willingness to learn and improve
PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTE TEST
Candidates wishing to register for rope access training should be able to complete the following tasks in order to successfully attend a rope access training course:
· One chin-up (or pull-up); with chin held above the bar.
· Twenty sit-ups with hands behind head in a two minute period (shoulder blades touching the ground each time)
· Twenty stair steps onto a 16”-18” platform in a two minute period without using hands/arms (Harvard Step Test)
PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTE TEST
· Heart disease or hypertension
· Epilepsy, seizures, or blackouts
· Dizziness or impaired balance
· Severe allergic reaction to insect bites (anaphylactic shock)
· Brittle or uncontrolled diabetes
· Peripheral Vascular Disease (poor blood circulation to extremities)
· Severe hearing loss
· Psychiatric Illness
· Extreme sun sensitivity
· Severe tendonitis or arthritis
Additional Notes: For those taking a rope access training course for the first time, please note: arm, elbow and shoulder strains are relatively common for course participants not familiar with working on rope. A short warm up, or stretching routine, before the day of training can help minimize the potential for muscle strains and other injuries.