The Significance of SPRAT Rope Access Certification
Applied Technical Services offers SPRAT rope access certification courses for both first-time students and experts looking for recertification. Our training program is approved by the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) to instruct these courses, administer testing, and determine candidates’ suitability for certification. SPRAT is the North American standardizing body for this industry, setting best practices and safety procedures based on the experience of their voting board of accomplished rope access companies and technicians. As such, their recognition carries weight with companies looking to hire a rope access technician to safely and efficiently perform work-at-heights. Many potential clients will not work with technicians who have not been certified through SPRAT due to the rigor of their operating standards and certification criteria.
While clients primarily pursue ATS’ rope access services for inspection and nondestructive evaluation (NDE) of large assets ranging from storage tanks to pedestrian bridges, this method of working at heights can be applied in a variety of other ways. Candidates who pass one of our courses and attain certification may see work as a rope access technician in any of the following capacities:
Our 5-day classes are part instruction and part examination. In the first four sessions, our training coordinator teaches all the criteria relevant to the level of training students have enrolled in. This hands-on instruction imparts practical knowledge on the body of expertise they will need to perform rope access work, including the movement techniques, access equipment, industry best practices, safety procedures, and rescue skills in which a rope access technician is expected to be proficient. During the final session, candidates will take an exam made up of written, verbal, and practical sections. Those whose performance meets requirements will be awarded SPRAT certification for competently applying the things they were taught during the course.
SPRAT recognizes three different categories of achievement and qualification in their certified technicians. We provide courses tailored to the requirements for each of these levels:
ATS’ resident training expert, Bill Putnam, administers every rope access certification course that we provide. This industry veteran maintains Level III certifications with both SPRAT and IRATA — formal recognition of the lifetime of skills that he has employed in numerous rope access-aided rescues. He has been training new generations of rope access technicians for the past eight years.
Applied Technical Services has offered training, inspection, testing, and consulting engineering capabilities of indisputable quality for the past five decades. Since our founding in 1967, our company has grown exponentially: from a three-man engineering company aiding local clients out of our founder’s basement into a multi-disciplinary firm with hundreds of employees at many locations across the United States. ATS uses our varied capabilities to serve companies from around the world and businesses operating in a range of industries. Candidates who receive certification through our rope access certification courses will be qualified to use their skills in service to clients from several industries, including but not limited to:
If you’re looking to get certified by SPRAT as a rope access technician, look no further than Applied Technical Services. Contact us today to find out about class schedules and pricing.