WANT A CAREER IN THE ROPE ACCESS INDUSTRY?
The Rope Access Industry is in need of certified technicians. Rope Access Technicians are used to access vertical, high angle and other challenging environments in order to perform inspection and other kinds of work at height or high angle.
Don’t have I.R.A.T.A. or S.P.R.A.T. certification?
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We are the leading training provider in Canada, and we are committed to training competent SPRAT and IRATA technicians for companies that carry out high rise building maintenance, telecommunications work, inspection work and work on large roofing projects.
New job opportunities are created every day as Rope Access is fast becoming the preferred method of working at height in difficult to reach, vertical and high angle environments. The industry boasts an exemplary safety record, far better than most construction oriented occupations.
The starting wage for a level one Technician with no experience is $18-$28/hour, depending on the industry and other skills. Experienced level 3 technicians can make six figure incomes.
This is the career move you’ve been waiting for and with so much demand there is no better time to start. We’ve helped over 1000 rope access technicians on their path to certification.
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Rope Access is simply a method of work positioning. Think of it as a very flexible ladder used to work at great heights. While there are a few rope access jobs where one can get by on their rope skills alone, in most cases aspiring technicians will need to develop other useful skills to accompany their rope access certification. Getting into hard-to-reach work locations is half of it, but you are rarely going to get paid just to hang out, especially at lower levels.
Additional Recommended Skills
- First Aid
- H2S Awareness
- Confined Space Entry and Rescue Training
- NACE certified coatings inspector
- Offshore survival (BST)
- Non-Destructive Testing Certifications (UT, MPI, LPI, etc.)
- Trade certifications; Welding, Painting, Pipe Fitting, Electrician, Insulator
Where is it used?
IRATA and SPRAT techniques are best used in areas where the work may be done relatively quickly, but the access is difficult.
There are a few main areas of work undertaken by rope access companies:
- Window Cleaning
- Pest Control
- Tower erection
- Cleaning and Painting
- Banner and Sign Erection
- Antenna and dish installation
- Coatings inspection and maintenance
- Facilities Maintenance and Building Services
- Inspection/Testing of Structures
- Maintenance and Repair including; Welding, Concrete Repair, Sealant Installation, and Glazing
- Geo-technical; Permanent Rock Anchorage, Concrete Spraying, Rockfall Prevention
- Energy Sector (Wind Energy, Oil and Gas, Hydroelectric)
Rope Access and other Industries
Rope access techniques and technicians form an industry of their own. These personnel are used for a wide variety of work. Rope access techniques are being adopted in traditional industries, where these techniques can increase the safety and flexibility in the work.
Rope access incorporates its own fall protection techniques. Workers are trained to use traditional fall arrest techniques and specific rope access protocols.
The fall protection methods used in rope access are more flexible than traditional methods. These specific methods demand higher levels of training and supervision.
Window washing has traditionally used a bosun’s chair and fall arrest system. This system typically utilizes one way descent devices and very heavy fall arrest techniques. The window washers system generally has no provision for the rescue of an injured worker.
Many window cleaning businesses are now training workers in Rope Access systems. These trained workers possess a higher level skill set and may be more flexible in their work. SPRAT and IRATA trained workers also possess the ability to perform rescues. The building envelope maintenance industry is a common place for new technicians to start out, if you are a Level 1 Technician with no logged hours, no experience and no trade skills, getting a job in the building maintenance industry is going to be your best bet. Around the globe, Rope Access is quickly becoming the method of choice for accessing buildings, both big and small, for the purposes of routine maintenance. In most of Europe, for example, building maintenance is done exclusively using IRATA workers. In North America, Fall Protection regulations have slowed the influence of Rope Access on the building maintenance trades. However, the introduction of ANSI and CSA certified back up devices and numerous high profile projects in recent years which have been completed primarily by Rope Access technicians has greatly accelerated the adoption of Rope Access into the Building Maintenance trade all across Canada. In Vancouver for example all the large building maintenance companies are SPRAT and/or IRATA compliant and only use only certified SPRAT/IRATA technicians.
The majority of the hiring for building maintenance work happens in the early spring so the best time to start contacting building maintenance companies is around late January. However, it is possible to get hired on at any point in the year, especially by the bigger companies. Persistence pays off.
Window Cleaning Companies Using Rope Access in Vancouver;
- Service Master Clean
- Grime Fighters
- Sea to Sky Window Cleaning
- All Star Holdings
- All West Facility Services
- Black Tie Services
- Courtesy Window Cleaners
Tower Work, Wireless Industry
Tower access work is traditionally done with lanyard/shock absorber access systems. Many tower companies have no, or limited facility for the rescue of a fallen worker. Rope access training increases the options for moving on complex structures. These techniques also allow workers to perform installations on buildings. Rope access trained workers provide rescue capabilities at the highest levels.
The telecom industry is growing quickly and forecasts for this sector are very ambitious. The introduction of new mobile service providers in Canada as well as the growing 4g network are just a few of the present forces creating jobs for tower climbers in Canada. Climbing is of course a big part of a tower climber’s job but it is not THE job. The job is one of an advanced electronics and communications technician. This is the part of the training that takes the most time. If you are serious about maximizing your pay in this industry you will want to enrol in an electronics and communications technology training program. However, it is not uncommon for tower companies to hire a worker just for their ability to climb and to train them on the job. Alternatively your employer may be willing to pay for some of your electronics and communications training if you are committed to working for them for a few years.
The tower climbing industry is not only limited to telecom. Those that are interested in pursuing a career as an electrician/ Rope Access Technician are going to find that there is a lot of demand for this skill set.
There is no doubt that some of the hottest jobs in the coming decades will be in renewable energy and energy conservation. Wind energy jobs, solar panel installer jobs on high rise buildings and other renewable energy jobs will be in high demand. The United States will soon become the world leader in wind energy. Canada also has ambitious goals for numerous wind farm projects; expanding its wind production at a record pace over the last few years. Additional information about future wind farm projects in Canada can be found here: http://www.canwea.ca/farms/future_e.php
Driven by advances in technology and increases in manufacturing scale and sophistication, the cost of photovoltaics has declined steadily since the first solar cells were manufactured. Although rainy gray Vancouver is not likely to start installing solar panels on buildings in the near future, many other cities around the globe have already started taking the first steps. On the bright side, work of this nature would require working in warm sunny areas for those of you who like sun!
Oil and Gas
From offshore oil rigs in Newfoundland, to the Alberta Tar Sands, rope access is rapidly becoming the access method of choice for plant shut downs and maintenance. Multiple rope access companies are competing for lucrative contracts in the oil and gas industry, and these companies are struggling to find certified rope access technicians with trades tickets. Consequently rope access technicians working in these remote regions can typically demand a premium wage.
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