Which Certification is Right for Me?

Here at Altius we are delighted to be able to offer you the option of either an Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) certification or a Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) certification.

Let’s take a look at the two different certifications and what they both offer:


  • IRATA is the world’s largest industrial rope access association and certifying body. It operates in over 160 countries on all six inhabited continents and is recognized by numerous governments and legislative bodies around the world. As of the end of 2018 IRATA has close to 500 member companies and has certified over 140,000 technicians from all walks of life.
  • The IRATA certifications are based on the Training, Assessment and Certification Scheme (TACS) procedure which follows levels set and maintained by the Association. The successful passing of the assessment is dependent on both technical skills, theoretical knowledge, and for senior levels workplace experience.
  • Technicians may also progress through the three levels as time, experience and training allow. Each of these levels demand a greater knowledge of the rope access skills necessary at the worksite. It takes a minimum time of 12 months between each of the levels in addition to having logged a minimum of 1,000 rope access hours in your IRATA logbook.
  • IRATA certified certifications are recognized globally by every rope access company and are the easiest way to find a job. 
  • If you ever want to work for an IRATA member then you must hold an in date IRATA certification as member companies are only allowed to employ IRATA Technicians. 


  • Since 2001, thousands of rope access technicians representing dozens of companies and government agencies have been certified to the SPRAT standards. Although still primarily a US based organization it is now seeing growth in other parts of the world, particularly in Australia.
  • The SPRAT certifications are based on the Certification Requirements for Rope Access Work document.
  • Like IRATA, SPRAT also have three level through which technicians can progress by utilizing time and experience. It takes a minimum time of 6 months between each of the levels in addition to having logged a minimum of 500 rope access hours.
  • Technicians who are SPRAT certified will be able to work for any SPRAT company but would not be able to work for any IRATA member company.

Still not sure which one to do?

One of the many great things about training with Altius is that you don’t have to choose between IRATA or SPRAT, you can do both at the same time! Simply choose the dual option when selecting your course and our talented office staff will do the rest for you and let you know all the details.