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IRATA training

Always safe at height with IRATA

Every month we offer IRATA training courses. With the use of rope techniques, rope access, you learn how to work at height safely. A course lasts from Monday to Friday. During this week you will gain theoretical knowledge and often practice in the ropes. Exercise, practice, practice: you learn what to do in common situations. In our training room are all necessary materials, as well as a diversity of installations that you might encounter in practice.

On Friday you will end the training with an exam: an independent (external) examiner will assess your progress.

  • Our success rate is over 95%
  • An IRATA certificate is valid for 3 years
  • Worldwide recognition for levels 1, 2 and 3
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Safe work method

IRATA is an organization with a proven safe method for working at height. We are a proud member of IRATA and have been an IRATA certified training center for over 10 years. In our training center in Bergschenhoek we offer training for IRATA level 1, 2 and 3. Partly due to the atmosphere within the organization and the quality of our trainers, the success rate is well above 95%.

What are IRATA's requirements?

IRATA level 1

IRATA Level 1


This is a fundamental training course covering all aspects of working safely with industrial rope techniques. Upon completion of the training, you will be able to move safely in ropes independently and be aware of the hazards of working with rope access. An IRATA level 1 is under the supervision of an IRATA level 3 supervisor at all times.

  • Experience is not required

  • Minimum age of 18 years

  • Physically and medically fit

IRATA level 2

IRATA level 2


The IRATA level 2 training goes into depth on several methods of rigging (attaching the ropes). Multiple techniques and various rescues are also covered during this training. An IRATA level 2, like IRATA level 1 technicians, is at all times under the supervision of an IRATA level 3 supervisor. 


  • Minimum 1 year of level 1 experience required with 1,000 demonstrable practice hours at level 1

  • Physically and medically fit

IRATA level 3

IRATA Level 3


The last training is also the most complex and intensive. The training covers rigging and rope protection, as well as safety, leadership and rescue of your team. You will also learn to make risk assessments and rescue plans. As an IRATA level 3 you will be a supervisor after passing the exam. Now you will be responsible for the safety of yourself, the team and third parties. The expectations are high, therefore a lot of experience is required before you can take the level 3 exam:

  • Minimum of 1 year experience at level 2 with 1,000 demonstrable practice hours at level 2

  • First aid certificate

  • Physically and medically fit

A fine price for safety

An IRATA-training costs € 1.200,- excl. VAT per person, per level. The exam on day 5 is included in the price.

The training lasts one week. We provide all the necessary training material and daily lunch.

When you participate in an IRATA training you will receive a 12.5% discount on the personal protective equipment you purchase from us. Fill out the form and join us.

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Why take an IRATA training course?

People often think that IRATA and rope access are the same, but that is not true. Rope access means: getting access to places (at height/ in depth) using rope techniques.

IRATA is a worldwide known organisation that deals with the safe execution of rope access.
IRATA requires, among other things, that technicians must always attach themselves to two independent anchor points. By following an IRATA training you will learn the guidelines that IRATA sets and you will be able to practice rope access in a safe way.

It is also important to follow an IRATA training when you work with businesses, because more and more clients require an IRATA certificate.

For whom is an IRATA training?

The IRATA courses are intended to teach participants a safe methodology in the field of rope access. The IRATA training is for everyone who wants to learn the IRATA method in order to safely use rope access. The minimum age is 18 years and experience is not required. To follow an IRATA level 2 or 3 training there are other requirements. Of course, it is important that you are physically and medically fit for every training course. If you have any doubts or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What does a regular IRATA training look like?

A regular IRATA training at Bilfinger Height Specialists starts on Monday morning with a short introduction. After the introduction you will go straight into the ropes.

During the week you will learn about the rope access techniques and the IRATA guidelines of our trainers. On Friday you will take an exam under the supervision of an independent examiner. After the exam you will receive the assessment form from the examiner. When this has been successfully completed, we will pass it on to IRATA. IRATA will send this certificate within six weeks. As soon as we have received it, we will check the certificates and send it to all graduated participants.

How does the IRATA exam work?

The IRATA training takes four days and on the fifth day you will take an exam under the supervision of an independent examiner. This ensures that the training is of high quality and that the participants meet objective standards. The exam consists of two parts:

  • Theoretical
    The level 1 exam consists of multiple choice questions, the level 2 and 3 exam consists of open questions. In addition, the examiner also tests four other parts of the IRATA level 3 exam. For example, you need to fill in an IRATA job planning form, risk assessment, method statement and an equipment inspection form correctly.
  • Practical
    The examiner gives a number of assignments. These tasks include performing various manoeuvres and rescues. The examiner evaluates the correct and safe execution of assignments and your insight. During a Level 3 exam, the examiner will also assess your management qualities.

If you have passed both parts, your IRATA certificate will be send to you.

How long is an IRATA certificate valid?

The IRATA certificate is valid for three years. This certificate is only valid when you have worked with rope access at least once every six months. If you have not climbed for over six months, your certificate expires. In order to have your certificate declared valid again, you can follow a refresh training. This training takes a maximum of one day and depends on whether the trainer feels that you have passed the exercises at your level.

What do I need to take with me to an IRATA training?

We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing. We ask you to bring safety shoes, ID/passport and, if in possession, IRATA logbook or yellow form. The course material and lunch are included.

Please note:
If you have registered for IRATA level 2 or 3, make sure that the number of required hours in your IRATA logbook is signed off at the start of the training!

Can I take the course in another language?

Yes, we have Dutch and English speaking trainers.

Why is an IRATA training important for my employees?

If you want your own staff to work safely at height using rope access, you can choose to sign up your staff for an IRATA training course. For example, is your staff specialised in inspection work and do you often get the request to carry out an inspection at height as well? Then an IRATA training might be a good option. You can also choose to cooperate with an IRATA specialised company.

Please contact us for more information or to sign up your staff for an IRATA training.

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Henri Hoogenes
Managing Director
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