SPRAT Level 1 Training

Instructor Showing Students Proper Method of Securing Harness to Rope Line

Applied Technical Services offers a comprehensive SPRAT level 1 training course for prospective rope access technicians seeking accreditation. Rope access is an in-demand work discipline that enables technicians to scale, descend, or move laterally across buildings, construction sites, and tall structures. Rope access simply requires the use of a main line and a safety line securely attached to a fall arrest system, providing employers with a safe alternative to expensive scaffolding and other specialized equipment. With the proper training, technicians can perform construction, inspections, and maintenance on high, tight or unfinished work areas. Technicians certified with either SPRAT or its European counterpart, IRATA, can apply their skills in a variety of jobs, including:

  • Performing Geological Surveys
  • Pressure Washing/Sandblasting
  • Preparing Surface and Installing Sealant
  • Repairing Concrete
  • Scaling and Anchoring Rocks
  • Shooting Photos/Videos
SPRAT Levels
By earning certification through the ATS rope access program, candidates will be trained to work in accordance with the standards and techniques of SPRAT, the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians. SPRAT is an organization that establishes industry-recognized rope access standards in North America and is mainly composed of prominent companies as well as experienced technicians who operate in this field. Most rope access technician employers only consider personnel that hold a certification with either SPRAT or its European counterpart IRATA.
SPRAT recognizes three defined levels of rope access competence and achievement, each holding increased training and experience requirements for qualification. SPRAT Level 1 is the first of these levels and is open to enrollment for any individual above the age of 18. There are few prerequisites to pursuing a level 1 certification, as no prior experience with rope access work is necessary. Level 1 Technicians perform basic rope access functions under the direct management of either a level 2 or 3 supervisor and can achieve qualification for a level 2 course after 500 hours of documented work. Once certified to levels 2 or 3, rope access technicians will have the ability to overlook work sites and perform a wider range of operations on their own.
Certification With ATS
ATS’ SPRAT level 1 training classes are taught by our training coordinator Bill Putnam, an experienced technician who holds SPRAT Level III certification. Mr. Putnam structures this rope access course to offer a comprehensive rope access training experience, which consists of four hands-on practice sessions. For the first four days, students will learn how to properly use and maintain rope access equipment following SPRAT regulations. Candidates will receive training in our controlled indoor training facility, receiving lessons in how to tie knots, combine anchorages, and follow safety protocol.

After the four days of instruction, trainees be familiar with:

  • Their role in rope access operations
  • How to observe safety considerations such as jobsite evaluations and procedures
  • How to efficiently tie a variety of knots used for rope access techniques
  • How to rig two types of anchorage systems
  • How to rig and operate a hauling and lowering system
  • How to properly use, are for, and maintain access equipment such as:
  • Ascenders
  • Descenders
  • Backup Devices
  • Rope and Sling Protection
  • How to perform a variety of movement techniques on rope, such as:
  • Passing Knots
  • Changeovers
  • Transferring from one rope to another
  • Deviation
  • Re-Anchoring
  • Horizontal Aid Climbing
  • Negotiating Edge Obstructions
The fifth session consists of a test administered by an independent evaluator and is held on the final day. Passing candidates receive SPRAT certification in the level for which they trained and achieve credibility as qualified rope access technicians.
ATS Professional Experts

Since 1967, ATS has established a stellar reputation for providing reliable testing, inspections, and consulting engineering services. We uphold this reputation by employing qualified lab and field personnel to carry out our professional services in a timely manner and work in compliance with recognized industry standards.

Our Experts Include:

  • Certified Inspectors and Technicians
  • Chemists
  • Scientists
  • Metallurgists
  • Professional Engineers Across Various Disciplines
Quality Assurance Credentials

At ATS, we aim to consistently provide our clients with the highest quality services, which is why we implement our quality policy through our ISO 9001 registered Quality Management System. We serve customers in both national and global markets, successfully uncovering facts in forensic investigations, materials testing, nondestructive testing, chemical analysis, and metallurgy.

ATS Accreditations and Certifications Include:

  • ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System
  • Certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)
  • Nadcap Accredited for NDT and Materials Testing
  • EN71 European Toy Safety Testing
  • FAA Repair Station
  • CPSC Accredited Lab

Our Quality Program Also Satisfies the Following Quality Standards:

  • 10CFR Part 50 Appendix B Quality Assurance Criteria for Nuclear Power Plants
  • 10CFR Part 21 Reporting of Non-compliance
  • ASME NQA-1 Nuclear Quality Assurance Requirements

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