IRATA certified instructor demonstrating advanced rope rescue techniques during a training session in Perth, showcasing safe use of harnesses, ropes, and ascenders in a controlled environment.

IRATA Rope Access Training

Vertech has been an official IRATA Member company for both operations and training since October 2008. Our highly experienced rope access trainers have years of industry knowledge and a deep understanding of the IRATA system and requirements.

This industry involvement has enabled our trainers to deliver a high level of quality content that exceeds the requirements of the IRATA training syllabus, as well as a strong understanding of relevant industry practices that a rope access technician 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 ability to communicate and transfer their extensive knowledge.

About IRATA Rope Access Training


Rope access is the safest and most dynamic method of working at heights.

The safe work system utilises ropes and associated equipment to gain access to and from the work location and be supported there. Rope access technicians are employed on various projects across different sectors. They can be seen cleaning windows on high-rise buildings, painting and blasting on oil and gas rigs, or inspecting piping and vessels in refineries and industrial plants.

Its broad application can be applied to several 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 high competency to ensure safe and efficient use. IRATA rope access training courses are physically intensive and mentally challenging, emphasising the practical skills necessary for on-site rope access work.

Candidates on the course will be required to ascend and descend the ropes multiple times a day using associated equipment to progress through manoeuvres and learn climbing techniques and rope-to-rope transfers. Candidates will also learn safe rigging and rescue procedures, perform rescue techniques and undertake rescues using dummies and live casualties.

The course has an element of theoretical classroom work, with most of the training and assessment focused on practical and physical aspects. 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 physically demanding and only for some.

Feedback on our IRATA rope access training is excellent, with many candidates saying it’s the best course they have done. If this is the industry you seek to pursue, we look forward to training you in Earth’s most dynamic and exciting jobs.

Our Training Goals

We take training very seriously, using it to assess the quality of new starters, upskill our current team members and ensure that new entrants to the IRATA rope access method 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 we use whiteboards to help break down the rope access techniques covered. For experienced rope access technicians, we emphasise technical demonstrations and in-depth discussions to foster conceptual understanding so our trainees can transfer this knowledge into new situations.

Our Rope Access 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 in Perth, Western Australia.

Due to our in-depth industry knowledge, we have developed a unique training environment with plenty of space and tonnes of steelwork that closely replicates the working environment and offers real-life scenarios and rescue operations to challenge the new entry and seasoned professional.

Our facility has multiple setups for each rope access manoeuvre, so there will be no delays in having a go! We have several steel platforms, over-the-edge and under-deck scenarios. Ropes hang in free space and against structures; we even have 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 six rope-access rescue dummies, all hoping to be rescued from a variety of situations!

Booking Information

Rope access training courses are very practical and intensive. Key skills are taught in a group setting.

Our courses typically have 6-8 candidates, with two IRATA instructors to ensure safety and sufficient attention for each person on the course. The course has a small amount of PowerPoint classroom work, with most of the course conducted on the training floor at height and performing the rope access tasks.

This is a physically intensive and mentally demanding course and job. Expect to be working hard and sweating.

Throughout the year, we will run courses for all IRATA levels, from Level 1 (entry-level rope access) to Level 3 (rope access safety supervisor). The price is the same for any IRATA level, and we offer special loyalty bonuses to our trainees seeking refresher training or upgrading courses.

In addition to the IRATA syllabus, we run refresher training days, technical days, site mock, and trials. For companies looking to up-skill their team or take custom training courses, we can facilitate corporate bookings for groups where we can incorporate company-specific procedures, requirements, and scenarios. We are excited to see you at the facility.

Terms & Conditions

Our courses normally run Monday to Friday and are limited in availability. Courses are paid for in full before the start of the course using our online booking store, through bank transfer or purchase orders for company bookings. Candidates must attend the whole week and cannot split a course across several weeks.

We understand that circumstances change, which may mean you can’t attend the training.

When a candidate has to apply for a date change, a credit will be issued, which is valid for one year. Rebooking is subject to availability.

Existing IRATA rope access technicians must present their IRATA logbook to the instructors on the first day of training before the course starts. The logbook shall be correctly maintained and up to date.

The credit amount will be determined by the amount of notice given:
  • 5 + Business Days: 100% Credit note;
  • 2 – 4 Business Days: 50% Credit note. (Where the vacancy can be filled at short notice 100% will be credited);
  • Should a participant fail to attend on the day of the course without notice, course fees will be forfeited;
  • No refund will be offered in the event a participant decides she or he no longer wishes to complete full course;
  • 1 Business Day notice: forfeit all course fees.
  • Refund of course fees will only be offered under extenuating circumstances and at the discretion of Vertech;
  • The above conditions are valid for one date change. Subsequent date changes will incur an administration fee of $50;
  • The Course Instructor is permitted to withdraw any participant from the course if they have any concerns in regards to health or safety.

Contact Training Department

For rope access training enquires email us at or give us a ring on +61 8 6168 7600.

We might be running a course but will respond to your message as soon as possible. You can also drop in to discuss our rope access courses at our office and training facility at 19 Walters Drive, Osborne Park, Western Australia.

Training School

IRATA-trained rope access technician performing inspection work on industrial equipment in Perth, suspended from a crane boom with safety gear and harness in clear weather conditions.

General Enquiries

19 Walters Drive,
Osborne Park WA 6017

P: +61 (8) 6168 7600


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