Vertech has been an official IRATA Member company for both operations and training since October 2008. Our highly experienced trainers have years of industry knowledge and a deep understanding of the IRATA system and requirements.
This industry involvement has enabled our trainers to include the height safety requirements required in the IRATA training syllabus as well as a strong understanding of relevant industry practices that technicians will experience firsthand in the field. Vertech’s trainers are highly competent and well respected in the rope access community due to their diverse industry experience and their ability to communicate and transfer knowledge.
Rope access is regarded as the safest and most dynamic method of working at heights. The safe system of work utilises ropes and associated equipment to gain access to and from the work position, and be supported there. Rope technicians are employed on a wide variety of projects across different sectors and can be seen cleaning windows on high-rise towers and buildings, painting and blasting on oil and gas rigs or inspecting piping and vessels in refineries and industrial plants. Its broad application can be applied to a number of trades and tasks with the benefits for businesses being an unrivalled safety record, quick set-up and dismantling times, no invasive equipment and an environmentally friendly means of access.
Rope access work is physically demanding and Technicians require a high level of competency to ensure safe and efficient use. Rope access IRATA training courses are physically intensive and mentally challenging with an emphasis on the practical skills that will be required on site. Candidates on the course will required to ascend and descend the ropes multiple times a day using associated equipment to progress through manoeuvres, learn safe rigging practices and perform rescue techniques using rescue dummies and live casualties. The course has an element of theoretical classroom work with most of the training and assessment is focused on practical and physical elements. A reasonable level of fitness is required to attend the course. Males and females of all shapes and sizes have successfully passed the course and are active in the industry with successful careers, however it is essential to understand that rope access is a very physically demanding and is not for everyone. Feedback on IRATA rope access courses is excellent with many candidates saying it’s the best course they have done. If this is the industry you are seeking to pursue we are looking forward to training you in the most dynamic and exciting jobs on earth
We take training very seriously, using it as a tool to assess the quality of new starters, upskill our current team members and ensure that new entrants to the IRATA method of rope access get the best and most practical experience possible.
In acknowledgement of this Vertech has placed great emphasis on the design of our training facility resulting in the development of one of the largest and best IRATA training facilities in the Southern Hemisphere. Due to our in-depth industry knowledge we have developed a unique training environment which mirrors what candidates will experience in an industrial setting.