What is IRATA?

IRATA is the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association which is the leading international organisation providing the highest standardised rope access training for individuals who work at height. ​IRATA was established in response to a specific need in the inspection and maintenance of offshore oil platforms, evolving over the last 30 years to become the gold standard rope access training and accreditation provider for work-at-height and confined access sectors.

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Why use rope access?

The outstanding advantage of using rope access methods for at-height inspection and maintenance lies in the safety and speed with which workers can get to or from difficult locations in order to carry out their work. Projects can be completed with minimal impact on other operations, surrounding areas and the environment. Another notable benefit is the reduction of man-hours and level of risk for tasks to be safely completed compared with other access methods. This combination of efficiency, greater safety and low levels of surrounding impact make at-height rope access the preferred system for leading companies in oil and gas, petrochemical etc.

What is rope access training?

Over the last 30 years, IRATA has developed global standardised rope access training programmes for individuals who work at height or in confined access areas.

Rope access training is conducted over 3 progressive levels, each involving both practical and classroom modules prior to final assessment. Each of the 3 training levels usually takes 1 working week to complete; around 30 hours over 4 days for training and 1 final day for assessment. On completion of all training modules, a successful participant becomes a certified IRATA rope access technician which gives him/her the ability to work anywhere.

Does DM NDT offer IRATA rope access training?

Yes. DM NDT is an IRATA-certified training company, providing a year-round schedule of rope access training courses and assessment for all 3 levels required to become an IRATA certified rope access technician. We have been a full and active member of IRATA since 2012, and all rope access courses are carried out at our fully equipped training centre in Singapore. Our trainers are amongst the finest in the business; using a highly motivating and encouraging teaching style, they bring their own deep professional experience to each programme which results in high success and return rates for our participants.

Can trainees work as rope access technicians whilst undertaking IRATA training?

Most students who begin training with us want to become an IRATA professional rope access technician. Once IRATA level 1 training is successfully completed, technicians can begin to work in the field and make progress with each level of training completed.

IRATA Level 1 - Rope Access Trainee Technician

As a level 1 rope access technician, an individual can perform some rope access tasks including inspection of all personal rope access equipment, assisting in rigging and non-standard operations, and undertaking a rescue involving descent under the supervision of an IRATA level 3 rope access technician.

IRATA Level 2 - Rope Access Operative Technician

A level 2 technician, an individual can rig working access ropes, undertake rescues and perform other tasks under the supervision of IRATA level 3 rope access technician. He/she will also understand some legislation, safety requirements and quality assurance procedures relating to rope access.

IRATA Level 3 - Rope Access Supervisor

An IRATA level 3 technician can supervise onsite rope access projects as he/she will by this stage be aware of all work techniques, advanced rescue techniques, the IRATA certification scheme, general requirements and guidelines. He/she will also have completed emergency first aid training.

When do you run IRATA courses and what is the cost?

All our programmes run on a rolling basis. Please get in touch for full details and course costs.

Meet our IRATA rope access instructors

Syazwan Supaat

IRATA Rope Access Training Manager, DM NDT

Syazwan joined DM NDT in 2018 before which he spent 2 years training intensively to obtain his IRATA instructor credentials. Like all great teachers, he also worked “in the field” as an IRATA rope access technician. He spent 5 years in the oil and gas sector (onshore & offshore). Syazwan’s combination of practical experience and a love of teaching makes him a popular member of this specialist community, particularly amongst our current and past students with many returning for refresher training.

Farhan Johan

Lead Instructor, DM NDT

Farhan joined DM NDT in 2019. He has an impressive, well-rounded resumé which spans many industries but globally, regionally and here in Singapore. With 8 years of experience, Farhan has nicely honed his skills as a certified IRATA rope access technician, a derrick builder and an NDT inspector. He loves teaching and is known to produce superb training materials which make the process of learning as engaging as possible.

Syazwan and Farhan are a dynamic duo who always go the extra mile to make the learning process as interesting and enriching as possible for all IRATA rope access technicians in training.

Does DM NDT offer other training courses or programmes?

Yes, we provide a suite of additional industrial training programmes which you can view here.