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Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) qualifications are the industry standard for Rope Access Technicians working in the offshore oil and gas industries as well as at height on a wide range of construction and civil engineering projects.   

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SpanSet has been successfully providing rope access training for over 20 years and is a fully accredited member of the Association as both an equipment supplier and training provider.

We manufacture equipment and train people how to use it - training is our speciality.  We are an ISO 9001 assured training organisation and offer a wide range of Rope Access and Height related safety training courses including IRATA, Confined Spaces, Working at Height + many more. SpanSet were the first training company to be audited by the BSI to the standard BS8454:2006 for the delivery of Training & Education for Working at Height & Rescue.  

We’re proud of this achievement and are continually looking to improve the Training and Service we provide, recent examples include:

  • NEW Instructor led online Training courses.
  • Installing a custom made high beam in the Training Centre to improve the facility.
  • Broadening Instructor skill set with IRATA Training


"The introduction of our Online instructor led Work at Height training courses, our customers can rest assured staff will maintain their competency for critical work at height whilst ensuring they respect the Government’s guidance on social distancing." Sam Wilkinson, SpanSet Training Manager

A recent IRATA course had spare capacity so two of the SpanSet Training Team took part – and passed – congratulations to Lee & Steve, newly qualified IRATA Level 1’s!

During the course, good use was made of the latest improvement to the Training Centre – a 7 meter custom made steel beam installed 8m above the floor in what was a mammoth task.  Fortunately, we had the SpanSet Installation and Training Teams on hand to help!  Plans are already in place to install bolts into both the steel work and floor to allow a wider variety of rescue and training scenarios.


SpanSet Training Instructors - Steve Heaton and Lee Sparks, newly qualified IRATA Level 1's.

Concentration during training

The new beam in our training centre, being put to good use.

To comply with social distancing guidelines a dummy is used for IRATA rescue training.

Training under our Instructor's expert eye.

Our modern, extensive and newly improved training facility is based within easy reach of Manchester, Liverpool and the Midlands, 5 minutes from Junction 18 off the M6.  We offer state of the art classrooms with multi-media touchscreens for theory sessions, a bespoke reception area with viewing gallery of our excellent indoor rope access training area together with a 25m high, purpose built outdoor training structure. Train with us in a safe, clean, warm and comfortable environment.

All SpanSet trainers are fully qualified and have many years’ experience working on site as well as training candidates - meet the team.

Where will SpanSet IRATA Training take you??


Canadian War Memorial - France

Natural History Museum - London

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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Have a question about Training? Need help finding a course? Leave a message here. Or call and speak to one of our friendly team now on 01606 738529.