Expired Certification? IRATA Level 1 Re-Certification Process

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IRATA Level 1

 

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.

According to IRATA:

 

“In order to re-certify through the normal process, training must commence before certification expires. For the avoidance of doubt this means that Certification must be valid on the day of assessment. When re-certification is completed in the 6 month period prior to the expiry of a certificate, a new certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of expiry on the previous certificate. Criteria for certifying outside these requirements is covered elsewhere in this document.”

 

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 are the specifics of re-certification when faced with an expired certification.

 

Level 1 with no experience

As detailed in the current Technician Assessment and Certification Scheme.

Training courses provided by IRATA Member Training Companies should be sufficient for the abilities of trainees and shall be a minimum of 4 days with an additional assessment day.

An IRATA Level 1 certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of successful Level 1 assessment.

In-date Level 1 to be re-assessed to Level 1

Technicians who have an in-date Level 1 certificate should arrange for refresher training with an IRATA Trainer Member Company. The training should be sufficient to refresh all previously assessed techniques and theory and must cover any changes to the Technician Assessment and Certification Scheme that have occurred since the previous assessment.

  • A minimum of 4 days refresher training shall be completed.
  • 1 day assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor.
  • If re-training and successful Level 1 assessment are completed in the 6 month period prior to the expiry of a current certificate.
  • A new Level 1 certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of expiry of the previous certificate.

Expired Level 1 to be re-assessed to Level 1

Technicians who have allowed their Level 1 certification to expire by 1 day or more should arrange for refresher training with an IRATA Trainer Member Company. Technician should not carry out rope access work with an expired certificate. The training should be sufficient to refresh all previously assessed techniques and theory and must cover any changes to the Technician Assessment and Certification Scheme that have occurred since the previous assessment.

  • A minimum of 4 days training shall be completed.
  • 1 day full assessment by an independent IRATA Assessor.
  • A new IRATA Level 1 certificate will be issued with an expiry date 3 years from the date of this successful assessment.

 

Some Adjunct Notes From IRATA:

 

Planned Expiry

Technicians wishing to re-validate or upgrade who anticipate expiry of their certification due to medical or personal reasons can, prior to expiry, register with an IRATA Member Training Company. The training company shall document the reasons for the planned expiry and ensure there are suitable grounds for in date certification to be delayed. When the candidate is ready to proceed with training the training company shall contact an IRATA verifier. The verifier shall satisfy himself that the case is genuine and determine the best course of action considering the situation and elapsed expiry period. The verifier fee may be charged.

Appeals

In all circumstances relating to the above categories, technicians may appeal their position. They should at first contact an IRATA Member Training Company who should offer advice. If the training company considers the technician may have a case then a written appeal should be submitted to an IRATA verifier in the first instance. The verifier may consult with a second verifier and the Training Committee Chairman before reaching a decision. The verifier fee may be charged.

 

Do you have any questions regarding this process? Don’t hesitate to call Pacific Ropes @ 604-447-8055

 

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