IRATA International Membership


IRATA was formed in the UK in the late 1980’s, to solve maintenance problems in the offshore oil and gas industry. Its formation was the result of an initiative of a number of leading companies who had begun to use industrial rope access techniques, to provide a safe working environment for the industry.

The rope access technique developed by IRATA has now come to be used in a wide range of repair, maintenance, inspection and access work. Since it proves an unrivalled safety record, a quick set-up and dismantling time, positive environmental benefits and no need for invasive access equipment or disruption of the site, the IRATA system of rope access continues to enjoy increasing popularity throughout the world.

IRATA is now recognised as the worlds leading authority on industrial rope access. It has over 350 member companies around the world and has trained in excess of 100,000 rope access technicians worldwide.

As a Trade Association, it is built up of the following committees:

  • Executive Committee
  • Training Committee
  • Health & Safety Committee
  • Equipment & Standards Committee
  • Audit Committee

IRATA Has two types of memberships:

  • Operator
  • Trainer

The Association directs and manages through its members the training of all workers seeking its qualifications. These member companies provide training or operational services, or both.

IRATA’s membership requirements are strict, and the associations continued involvement with the Health and Safety Executive in the UK, as well as several other health and safety boards globally has kept IRATA’s foundation centralised on standardised compliances and best practice for working at height. This ensures that all companies, training facilities, and technicians act according to exact safety practices proscribed by IRATA and each are safeguarded through the IRATA auditing process.


For many companies, the IRATA audit process is a daunting one. It is comprised of four audits;

Desktop Auditreview of documentation

Prior to a face-to-face audit, companies are required to submit procedural documentation

Probationary Auditcompliant / non-compliant

Face-to-face audit of all premises and site visits

Probationary membership is granted at this stage as long as there are no major non-conformities

Full Audit12 to 18 months after Probationary Audit

Face-to-face audit to ensure conformity of all processes demonstrated during probationary audit

Re-Audit conducted every 3 years after Full Audit


5th Point provides a consultancy service for rope access companies seeking guidance in applying for IRATA Membership.

This can include the development and compliance of existing or new Policy and Procedural Documentation, including Operational Procedures, Rescue Plans, Inspection Procedures and Inspection Logs.

For more information, please contact us

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