A SPRAT certification provides instant recognition and credibility for the Technicians who carry it, and the companies who invest in it. In turn, companies that hire rope access services will look for the SPRAT certification, and will know you offer the industry’s best in technical achievement.
For detailed information on the evaluation process, please reference SPRAT’s Evaluation Guidelines.
There are three levels of certification available to interested rope access technicians:
- Level I Technician
An individual who performs rope access work. A Level I Technician may only work under the direct, on-site supervision of a Rope Access Lead Technician or Supervisor
- Level II Technician
An individual who is responsible for physically conducting rope access operations and/or safety evaluations of rope access operations, including maintenance of associated access equipment and performs all Rope Access Lead Technician duties as assigned in the employer’s rope access work program
- Level III Technician
An individual who is responsible for the overall rope access work site and performs all Rope Access Supervisor duties as assigned in the employer’s rope access work program.
How can I become SPRAT certified?
To become a SPRAT certified technician, all candidates will be required to attend a certification session and pass a written test, verbal test, and a hands-on physical performance based test assessed by a SPRAT certified Evaluator. To be eligible to test at each level, additional requirements may be required. A complete listing of the requirements at each level of certification is detailed in our Certification Requirements for Rope Access Work.
Where can I attend a certification session?
SPRAT certification sessions occur year round and throughout the world. Scheduled sessions can be found on our Online Calendar. If you are unable to find a session that is convenient to your schedule or location, check out SPRAT’s Training Companies List.
Can I organize and host a certification session?
A company that is able to meet the facility and equipment requirements will be eligible to host a certification session at their site. For further information on the requirements on planning and hosting a certification session, please visit our Hosting Information Page.
I have rope access experience, is there an option for direct entry into levels II or III?
Direct entry is available to candidates who can show proof of their experience in rope access. The requirements for direct entry into Levels II and III are outlined in section 4.5 of our Certification Requirements for Rope Access Work. Please note that all documentation related to direct entry must be approved by the Evaluations Committee in advance of the session. Interested candidates should send all documentation in addition to a Direct Entry Candidate Pre-Approval Application via email to email@example.com for submission to the Committee no less than six weeks in advance of the scheduled evaluation session. Please note that a $125 Direct Entry Application Fee will be assessed at the time of submission. This fee does not cover the certification processing cost assessed following the completion of a successful evaluation.
Important Note: A moratorium is currently in place on Level III direct entry pre-approvals, with the exception of candidates who can show proof of a valid comparable Level III (or equivalent) certification from a recognized rope access organization.
Please note that the Committee will continue to review applications for all Level II and Level III direct entry candidates who meet the above exceptions.
What is required to be certified as a SPRAT Evaluator?
The SPRAT Evaluator is at the heart of the certification process as they ensure that SPRAT certified technicians have demonstrated the highest level of skill and professionalism. Using their diverse background and experience gained from years of rope access work and support, each Evaluator offers a fair and objective review of the skills demonstrated by candidates. For information on the requirements and process in obtaining certification, please visit Becoming a SPRAT Evaluator.