What to Bring

All rope access, tower climbing, and rescue equipment is provided. An individual equipment bag will be checked out to each person.

Clothing needs to be loose enough to allow full mobility, while not posing the hazard of becoming caught in safety equipment or work tools. Avoid pants that require a belt or have rivets near the hips. Lightweight coveralls are the best. Shorts and sleeveless tops are not appropriate. Bring clothing layers to accommodate a range of temperatures.

Sturdy work boots with a flexible sole and proper heel are recommended. Steel-toe boots are not required. Soles with sticky rubber can be chosen to provide better traction when climbing around on structures.

Please bring your own set of gloves or purchase them at the training center (Reno National Training Center Location Only). Gloves must fit well and should not hinder the technician’s ability to operate his tools and safety equipment.

Eye Protection
Safety glasses are not required while participating in our courses.

Meals & Snacks
Please bring your own lunch and snacks to the training center to keep your energy level high throughout the duration of the course. Depending on the training center, grocery stores and restaurants are a short drive or walk from the training center if needed.

Course Hours
Training courses typically run from 8 AM to 5 PM with a 45-minute lunch break unless otherwise noted. The SPRAT/IRATA evaluation/assessment day often begins at 7 AM.

Rope Access Courses Only:
SPRAT and/or IRATA log book
SPRAT and/or IRATA wallet card or certificate (showing current expiry date)

SPRAT Level 3 Only:

Current First Aid CPR w/ AED Certificate/Card

IRATA Level 3 Only:

Current First Aid Certificate/Card

Travel Information

Please find logistic information below for each training center. Please note for booking flights after the SPRAT/IRATA evaluation/assessment day, it is generally best to assume that you will be at the training center till 5pm. Please do not book flights for an early afternoon departure.

National Training Center Reno/Lake Tahoe - 8587 White Fir St., Suite A3, Reno NV 89523
Map & Accommodations

Houston Training Center - 4000 Underwood Rd., La Porte, TX 77571
Map & Accommodations

Anchorage Training Center - 2410 Azurite Court, Suite B, Anchorage, AK 99507
Map & Accommodations

SPRAT & IRATA Materials

SPRAT Rope Access Documents:
SPRAT Certification Requirements
SPRAT Evaluation Guidelines
SPRAT Safe Practices

IRATA Rope Access Documents:
IRATA Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme
IRATA International Code of Practice

When Will I Get my Certificate

SPRAT Certification:
SPRAT will mail the certificate, log book, and/or wallet ID card directly to the candidate once processed to the address on the evaluation form. Evaluation documents generally take 4-6 weeks for processing.

IRATA Certification:
IRATA will mail the certificate, log book, and/or wallet ID card to Ropeworks and we will mail the documents directly to the candidate to the address on the assessment form. Assessment documents generally take 4-6 weeks for processing.

Rope Access Logbooks

A rope access technician uses a logbook to record his/her work experience and training attended. Logbooks are issued to technicians upon initial certification by the specific trade association the technician certified with. The logbook should be viewed as a living resume and should accompany the technician on every job and training course.

Technicians are responsible for completing work entries as per the specifications set out by the respective trade association, and shall have a Level 3 supervisor verify each entry for validity. Those that are unable to obtain signatures verification from a Level 3 belonging to the same trade association should have their hours signed by a person in authority who can verify the entry is accurate and the work has been completed using a two rope system. The person approving the entry should print their name, position and leave a contact telephone number.

Who May Sign Logbooks?
Examples of people who may sign logbooks are:
1. A Level 3 certified with a different trade association (e.g. SPRAT Level 3 verifying an IRATA technician entry). Level 3 technicians who verify entries shall also include their unique trade association number in the signature block.
2. A rope access project manager, or a company manager.

Logbook Requirements for Upgrades
Technicians wishing to upgrade their level of certification are required to show proof of meeting work experience prerequisites. When attending a training and certification session they shall bring with them their rope access logbook and ensure it is properly completed.

NOTE: IRATA Technicians wishing to upgrade to Level 2 or Level 3 cannot be considered for assessment without a correctly maintained and up to date logbook (TACS 4.13.4).

NOTE: For IRATA Technicians hours accrued while being trained in rope access should be logged, but do not count towards the working hours required to upgrade (TACS 4.13.7).

Replacement Logbooks
Technicians who lose their logbooks should contact their trade association to arrange for a replacement logbook to be issued and mailed. A fee is charged for this transaction. Below are the contact emails for ordering a replacement logbook with SPRAT and IRATA:

Download SPRAT and IRATA logbook Guidance here.

Rope Access Job Resources

SPRAT Rope Access Jobs Forum
SPRAT Choosing a Rope Access Company
IRATA - Where Rope Access is Used?
IRATA Job Vacancies

MISTRAS Employment Opportunities:
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