Vertech has been an official IRATA Member company for both operations and training since October 2008. Our highly experienced trainers have years of industry knowledge and a deep understanding of the IRATA system and requirements.
This industry involvement has enabled our trainers to include the height safety requirements required in the IRATA training syllabus, as well as a strong understanding of relevant industry practices that technicians will experience firsthand in the field. Vertech’s trainers are highly competent and well respected in the rope access community due to their diverse industry experience and their ability to communicate and transfer knowledge.
About IRATA Rope Access
Rope access is regarded as the safest and most dynamic method of working at heights. The safe system of work utilises ropes and associated equipment to gain access to and from the work position, and be supported there. Rope technicians are employed on a wide variety of projects across different sectors and can be seen cleaning windows on high-rise buildings, painting and blasting on oil & gas rigs, or inspecting piping and vessels in refineries and industrial plants. Its broad application can be applied to a number of trades and tasks with the benefits for businesses being; an unrivalled safety record, quick set-up and dismantling times, no invasive equipment, and an environmentally friendly means of access.
Rope access work is physically demanding and technicians require a high level of competency to ensure safe and efficient use. Rope access IRATA training courses are physically intensive and mentally challenging with an emphasis on the practical skills that will be required on site. Candidates on the course will required to ascend and descend the ropes multiple times a day using associated equipment to progress through manoeuvres, learn safe rigging practices and perform rescue techniques using rescue dummies and live casualties. The course has an element of theoretical classroom work with most of the training and assessment being focused on practical and physical elements. A reasonable level of fitness is required to attend the course. Males and females of all shapes and sizes have successfully passed the course and are active in the industry with successful careers, however, it is essential to understand that rope access is a very physically demanding and is not for everyone.
Feedback on our IRATA rope access courses is excellent, with many candidates saying it’s the best course they have done. If this is the industry you are seeking to pursue, we are looking forward to training you in the most dynamic and exciting jobs on Earth.
Our Training Manager
Simon Thomson is our IRATA Training Manager and brings a wealth of knowledge to Vertech. Simon has over 15 years of rope access involvement and with an extensive operational record in the oil and gas sector and other industries where he has rigged ropes from buildings, bridges, wind turbines and cliff faces doing a variety of tasks at height.
Simon is an experienced IRATA instructor having trained over 1200 technicians at all IRATA levels and is an certified IRATA assessor who regularly assesses trainees from other IRATA training member companies to ensure the IRATA standard is consistent across the industry. Simon can train you to the best standard possible and ensure you are ready for assessment and for site.
The training team working under Simon are chosen not only for their competence and experience with rope access but for their passion for the industry and their people skills. We look forward to training you at our world-class facility in Osborne Park.
Our Training Goals
We take training very seriously, using it as a tool to assess the quality of new starters, upskill our current team members and ensure that new entrants to the IRATA method of rope access get the best and most practical experience possible. Our instructors strive for excellence with quality training being our highest priority. We aim to have word of mouth driving our business by producing quality rope access technicians.
During the week our instructors will provide full demonstrations so you can see us do it first. We explain what we are doing and why, using white boards to help breakdown the techniques. For experienced rope access technicians, we place a greater emphasis on technical demonstrations and in-depth discussions to foster conceptual understanding so our trainees can transfer this knowledge into new situations.
Our Training Venue
Vertech has placed great emphasis on the design of our training facility resulting in the development of one of the largest and best IRATA training facilities in the southern hemisphere. Due to our in-depth industry knowledge, we have developed a unique training environment with plenty of space and tonnes of steel-work that closely replicates the working environment and offers real life scenarios to challenge the new entry and seasoned professional.
Our facility has multiple set ups for each rope access manoeuvre so there will no delays in having a go! We have several steel platforms, over the edge and under-deck scenarios. Ropes are hanging in free space and against structures, we even a crane boom to navigate your way through and rig from! There is a dedicated hauling and lowering area with two rescue dummies available and a further five rope access rescue dummies hoping to be rescued from the wide variety of situations they find themselves in!