Rope Access

Through a partnership with Tai-Poutini Polytechnic, we can organise training in NZQA Stage One Industrial Rope Access ( Level 3 -Elementary Rope Skills), and NZQA Stage Two Industrial Rope Access (level 4 -Working on Ropes)

Course Aim -Stage One: To bring a person from the very beginner stages, up to useful workers in the rope access environment. -Window cleaners, Riggers, Inspectors of wind turbines, NDT testers for vessels etc. To create a useful rope-worker for the industry, who is Safe, Sensible and Sound in their trade.

Duration for Stage One: Two full weeks. This can be shorter, if the trainee / company can supply proof of Fall Arrest, (or other practically based basic height safety qualifications –eg 10509 & 17025) and First Aid.

The course is focused on both the required theory, and the very important practical aspects of the trade. The subjects that must be covered during the two weeks are as follows:

  • Fall Arrest Training (unless already completed with a reputable company)
  • Legislative Requirements & H&S in the workplace
  • Inspect and Maintain Rope Access equipment
  • Plan and prepare for basic Rope Access work
  • Set up and dismantle basic Rope Access systems
  • Solve problems which require calculations with numbers without a calculator
  • Communicate in the outdoors using a two-way radio
  • Communicate information in the workplace
  • Carry out Elementary On-Rope skills
  • Comprehensive First Aid (unless already completed and currently qualified)
  • Carry out simple recovery techniques on-rope

The course also covers a very wide range of Rope Access equipment, and it’s appropriate use and maintenance and logging. There is a great deal of time (the majority of the course) spent on-rope carrying out practical tasks. A trainee that successfully completes “Elementary Rope Access” (Stage One) will be a useful asset to their company.

At the successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to perform basic on-rope tasks in an industrial rope access situation. Graduates will have:

  • The knowledge, skills, and attitude to seek employment in the industrial rope access industry;
  • skills in the safe use of a wide variety of industrial rope access equipment;
  • a wide range of rope techniques;
  • the skills to deal with emergency situations at height;
  • a solid foundation of elementary rope skills from which to further their skills in industrial rope access.


Pre-Requisite: Entry is open, However, physical strength, dexterity, balance, coordination, and motor skills all need to be unimpaired to work within this industry, for safety reasons. This is a very physical course, and many trainees have had to return on another course, due to their body not meeting the physical requirements of the course.


For more information or to book a course, please contact us today