The Rope Access course is designed for those who have specific trade skills but wish to use rope access as a method of gaining access to their work site on towers or tall structures. After the course candidates will be able to set up their own suspension system.
This training course provides basic principles of movement on ropes – ascent, descent, changing from ascent to descent, passing a deviation, use of a back-up system, elementary rigging and rope management, elementary rescue.
There is the option of an additional 1-day training course which encompasses specialised rope rescue techniques. This course covers both remote rescue using ‘Gotcha’ systems and rope rigs.
- Continuous assessment
- Short multiple choice written assessment
- Practical assessment
Only on successful completion of the entire course and subject to the assessment criteria. Certification will be issued and valid for 3 years.
- Select suitable equipment, understand specifications
- Understand risks from different access methods
- Understand risks arising from the work task, work situations
- Control all hazards e.g. from use of tools or falling objects
- Maintain, communication, exclusion zones etc.
- Understand worksite rescue plan
- Inspection, care and maintenance of equipment
- Understand work task as defined
- Carry out simple rigging
Practical skills covered in this course include:
- Equipment fitting and pre-use checks
- Use of backup system
- Safe approach to point of descent or ascent
- Methods of descent and ascent, change from descent to ascent and back
- Elementary rigging, rope management
- Install and pass a deviation
- Simple vertical rescue by descent
- Selection of anchor points
- Experience of rigging and movement in specific work environment
- Using remote rescue equipment
- Suspension trauma
- Setting up ‘Z’ rigs
- Post suspension care