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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.