Technicians who need to move up and down structures while being suspended from ropes to perform work at height.

  • Original certified copy of I.D. document/passport (driver’s license not accepted).
  • Copy of valid medical certificate.
  • Learners must have basic numeric literacy and be able to understand, read and write English (special needs candidates can be accommodated on request).

R 12 475.00 (Incl. VAT)

Minimum: 4
Maximum: 6

US229998 – Explain and perform fall arrest techniques when working at height.

NQF Level 1
Credits: 2

Gravity Vertical System User.

US230000 – Perform a limited range of rope access tasks and rescues.

NQF Level 2
Credits: 6

Certificate is valid for 3 years.

Designation: Level 1 Rope Access Technician.

Theoretical Knowledge:

  1. Introduction to work at height.
  2. Work at height definitions.
  3. Legal international system.
  4. Legal framework.
  5. HIRA.
  6. Selection of access methods.
  7. Safety method statement.
  8. Selection of personnel and competence.
  9. Appropriate equipment care and pre-use climbing inspection methods.
  10. Identification, selection, and use of climbing equipment.
  11. Limitations of climbing equipment.
  12. Limitations and selection of safe anchoring points.
  13. Exclusion zones, permits to work etc.
  14. Managing sharp edges.
  15. The advantages of a buddy system.
  16. Basic knowledge of general rigging.
  17. Minimum free space areas.
  18. Fall factors.
  19. The use of various knots and rope handling.
  20. First aid and suspension intolerance.
  21. Planning for emergencies.
  22. Correct completion of a rope access log book.
  23. Knowledge of Gravity Vertical System.
  24. Knowledge of Fallprotec Securail systems.
  25. Knowledge of Fallprotec SafeAccess systems.

Practical Skills:

  1. Assemble a rope access kit.
  2. Perform pre-use climbing equipment inspections.
  3. Rope coiling/bagging.
  4. Selecting safe anchoring points.
  5. Implement the buddy system.
  6. Making and using various knots.
  7. Use of a rope access work seat.
  8. Climbing over the edge of a building.
  9. Rigging double working ropes.
  10. Perform various rope access manoeuvres:
    10.1   Ascending ropes.
    10.2   Descending ropes.
    10.3   Traversing a re-belay.
    10.4   Rope to rope transfers (long and short).
    10.5   Descending over the edge.
    10.6   Deviation (single and double).
    10.7   Vertical and horizontal aiding.
    10.8   Passing mid-rope knots.
    10.9   Passing mid-rope protection.
    10.10 Horizontal aid climbing.
  11. Rig for rescue – lowering.
  12. Snatch rescue from a descending device – buddy rescue on a separate rope system.
  13. Use of fall arrest equipment.
  14. Safe use of Gravity Vertical System.
  15. Safe use of Fallprotec Securail systems.
  16. Safe use of Fallprotec SafeAccess systems.
  1. All training was done in accordance with local and international best practices as well as local acts and regulations. Candidates have been found competent as per Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 Construction Regulations 1 and IRATA requirements.
  2. IRATA Level 1 Technicians must work under direct supervision of a competent Rope Assess Supervisor as per Construction Regulation 18 (rope access work), IRATA requirements and ISO 22846-1 & 2. Competency of the supervisor shall be determined by the site/task complexity and related risks.
  3. Gravity Training cannot be held responsible for any unsafe and unlawful acts or behaviour as it is the duty of the technician to ensure his/her own safety and the safety of others on the work site.