What happens when your IRATA or SPRAT certificate expires? What does it mean for your work life? For upcoming training for re-certification? Or, moving up a level of certification?
Every tech should be well aware of the date of their certification expiration as it means you can no longer practice Rope Access in a professional capacity. Much like the IRATA system, SPRAT strongly suggests you complete your re-assessment or next level of certification prior to your expiration date. Waiting until your card has already expired can put you in a compromising position and will deny you the right to move up to your next level of certification.
Pacific Ropes Tip:
Mark an electronic calendar (in your cell, for instance) with your certification expiration date AND log a date six months out to remind you to sign up for in-date (before expiry date) re-certification or new certification training. This will save you the hassle of forgetting the expiry date and gaining re-certification AFTER the expiry of your certification date.
Here is the basic process for approaching the expiration of your SPRAT certification card:
4.6 Re-certification, Certification Advancement and Certification Expiry
188.8.131.52 Training by a competent trainer (as defined in 3.2.7) is recommended prior to re-certification at the current level of certification. This training should be designed to prepare the candidate to demonstrate proficiency in the skills required at the level of certification.
184.108.40.206 Technicians should attend an evaluation by a certified SPRAT Evaluator prior to the expiration of their current certification.
220.127.116.11 Upon successful skills demonstration, written exam results and receipt of all paperwork, SPRAT will issue a new certification. The Certification Requirements for Rope Access Work September 2014 SOC and Board Approved Version 13 ©Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians 9 new certification will be valid for three (3) years from the date of the evaluation, except as stated in 18.104.22.168.
22.214.171.124 Re-certifications completed within 6 months prior to expiration of the current certification will be valid for three (3) years from the date of the previous certification expiration.
4.6.3 Certification Expiry
126.96.36.199 Upon expiration, SPRAT issued certifications become invalid. Rope access hours acquired without a valid certification will not be counted toward the minimum required hours for certification advancement.
188.8.131.52 Candidates with expired certifications wishing to re-certify or advance to the next level shall complete all skills required at the proposed level of certification.
184.108.40.206.1 Expired Level I technicians, with the proper experience (as required in 6.2), must advance to Level II prior to earning qualifications for advancement to Level III (Direct Entry to Level III from Level I is not permissible).
220.127.116.11 Training by a competent trainer (as defined in 3.2.7) is recommended prior to recertification or advancement to the next level. This training should be designed to prepare the candidate to demonstrate proficiency in the skills required at the proposed level of certification.
18.104.22.168 Upon successful skills demonstration, written exam results and receipt of all paperwork, SPRAT will issue a new certification. The new certification will be valid for three (3) years from the date of the evaluation.
What happens if your certification has expired?
If you are attempting training AFTER your certification has expired you will have to have 6 months or 500 hours worth of Rope Access working hours correctly logged and you will only be able to re-certify at your existing level. Then you must log another 6 months or 500 hours worth of work in order to move up your next level of certification.
If you are a Level 1, it is VERY important to note that if you do not re-certify or attempt to move to your L2 certification 6 months prior to the certification expiry, you will have to take a full week of training again and re-certify as an L1 again. You will need 6 months of work or 500 hours of training before you can move on to your L2.
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For further reading on SPRAT certification requirements, please visit their requirements page here.
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