25 February 2019 - ARAA to SPRAT Certification

The ARAA are proud to confirm that as of 1 March 2019, it will be passing on the certification of rope access technicians to SPRAT.

What does this mean for me?
As of 1 March 2019, the ARAA will cease to certify technicians in rope access. After this date, a technician that is wishing to be evaluated/assessed will do so under the SPRAT system and, if successful, be issues a SPRAT certification. 

We are pleased to say that this transition will be beneficial and seamless in its approach, as SPRAT will recognised the ARAA certification levels as commensurate to the equivalent level of SPRAT certification. Technicians with current ARAA certification, or with certification that has expired within the past 3 years can undertake SPART certification without the need for a "direct entry" process.

A brief history
The ARAA and SPRAT have a long-standing relationship. Both associations are member-driven organisations that aim to advance the safe use of rope access through education, standards development, and certification administration.

SPRAT has a global footprint with ongoing development of industry-consensus standards, including Safe Practices for Rope Access and Certification Requirements for Rope Access. This has raised the awareness of the safety and effectiveness of rope access systems around the world with thousands of rope access technicians representing dozens of companies, and government agencies that have been certified to SPRAT standards.

As part of the ARAA/SPRAT alignment, the ARAA Assessor group went through a rigorous process to become SPRAT Evaluators. This being the case, many Australian training centres have been offering both ARAA and SPRAT certification.

Skills Snapshot
SPRAT has recently passed changes to their evaluated skill set at each level (Level 1, 2 and 3) aligning it with the ARAA skills matrix. Significant changes include: adding horizontal aid climbing and rescue from ascent to Level 1, and moving rescue through obstructions from Level 3 to Level 2.

ARAA's Future
The ARAA is passionate and committed to the rope access industry within Australia. The focus is to evolve into an independent and impartial advisory Association to provide services to the Australian rope access community.

There are exciting developments and positions that will be released shortly. If you would like to be more involved and support our industry, please contact us via

22 August 2017 - 2017 August Update

The ARAA Board have been busy for the last few months, with lots of new developments happening in the background. Last week saw the launch of some of these new developments, which the Board are excited to share.

August Happenings:

  • Technical Director, Rob Stringer attended the SF15 Committee meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, 15-16 August 2017 in Sydney.
    ASNZS 1891 Series update is progressing well.

    A brief overview of changes:-
    - Lanyards andPole straps have been removed from part 1 and given their own part (5).
    - A new part (6) will be added to the series to cover ancillary equipment, such as anchor straps, carabiners, descenders, helmets and more.
    - More changes to come - Will keep you informed and let you know when each document is out for public comment.

  • ARAA Board and Assessors met on Wednesday night, 16 August 2017, to workshop question and answers on the ARAA/SPRAT partnership. Information sessions will be held with Training Centres and State Representatives next week; week starting 28 August. Keep an eye out for further details.

  • Chris Milne, Clancy Simpson and Rob Stringer met on Thursday, 17 August 2017 in Sydney, to kick off the process of developing a new Rope Access Code of Practice (COP). The COP is ARAA's foundation document, which is getting a much needed rewrite. If you are interested in being involved, contact the ARAA office via phone, 0437 768 731, or email,, and your details will be passed on to the redevelopment committee.

  • During the month of September, ARAA will hold an Assessor workshop. One of the topics being covered will be, Level 1 changes in training and assessment. The workshop will also be open to all Training Centre and State Reps. Watch this space for further details.

21 April 2017 - Board Member Resignation

We would like to announce the recent resignation of ARAA Board Members, Robert Dunshea, Deputy Chairman and Richard Delaney, Technical Director. The ARAA Board would like to thank both men for their dedication and service to ARAA, and the Australian and International Rope Access Industry. We specifically thank Rob Dunshea for his 15 years of dedication and service on the ARAA Board. We also thank Richard Delaney for the expertise and knowledge he has brought to the ARAA Board. Both Rob and Richard will continue to serve the ARAA Community as ARAA Assessors, and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

To review the current Board and Executive Committee Members, follow the link to the Board & Executives page.

27 March 2017 - 2017 RopeLabour Day

ARAA and it's members have been invited to join BMS Group of Companies (Singapore) and the Singapore Rope Access Association for their 2017 RopeLabour Day - International Rope Access Workshop.

The workshop will cover a range of topics, along with allow all Rope Access Technicians to compete in both individual and team events.

Check out our Events for more information.

02 March 2017 - Welcome to ARAA's Newest Members

ARAA would like to welcome our newest supporters; Approved Training Centre - Live Action Training and Company - HeighTech Safety Systems.

It is our pleasure to have these Company's join our team, to educate and enable the Australian Rope Access Industry for success.

Check out our Member Directory for all of their contact details.

09 November 2016 - Welcome to ARAA's Newest Members

ARAA would like to welcome our newest supporters; Approved Training Centre - Height Dynamics and Trade/Supporter - Just Get It Done (JGID).

It is our pleasure to have these Company's join our team, to educate and enable the Australian Rope Access Industry for success.

Check out our Member Directory for all of their contact details.

04 October 2016 - Memorandum of Understanding: ARAA & SPRAT

In an effort to better current international Industrial Rope Access Techniques, SPRAT strengthened the relations between itself and ARAA, with the acceptance and signing of the Memorandum of Understanding submitted on 4 April 2016 at the Annual SPRAT Conference by the ARAA Board.

For all the details, see the official Media Release below.

15 September 2016 - Changes to Assessment Pre-Requisites

On Tuesday, 13 September 2016, the ARAA Board of Directors passed a motion to change current pre-requisites for ARAA level 2 and 3 assessments. The minimum requirement to have a current First Aid Certification before a candidate can sit a level 2 or 3 assessment has been repealed. This change is effective immediate as of 15 September 2016. 

For all of the details, see official Media Release below.

22 August 2016 - New ARAA Management

ARAA ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT IS ON THE MOVE! After consideration by the Board and feedback from our members, the decision to move has been made to raise the level of professionalism and realign our foundations. Taking effect on September 1st 2016, ARAA will be managed in Rockhampton, Queensland. 

Our new contact details are:
P: 0437 768 731
A: PO Box 251, Rockhampton QLD 4700