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Third Floor, Helvetia House 80 Greenvale Rd, Wilbart Germiston, 1401
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Rope Access Chamber

Rope Access Chamber

The Rope Access Chamber of the IWH Professional Body represents the practitioners involved in working at height by using ropes and associated equipment as the primary means of positioning and fall protection. It could also be described as ``industrial abseiling``.
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DESIGNATIONS

“Professional designation” means a title or status conferred by a professional body in recognition of a person’s expertise and/or right to practice in an occupational field. Registration against a designation is valid for a period of 3 years, after which the practitioner has to apply for re-registration.

The following designations for the Rope Access industry have been registered with SAQA:

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ROPE ACCESS TECHNICIAN

A registered Rope Access Technician is a professional that operates in an array of work scenarios, where height need to be accessed in such a way that requires complete suspension from ropes anchored to the structure. With the correct training, rigging of ropes and supervision, a Rope Access Technician can perform vertical, horizontal, diagonal and more complex manoeuvres in three dimensional space, that allow them to scale tall structures and move around obstacles to get into an appropriate position where a required work task may then be performed. Rope access relies on a double rope system for safety, into which the technician is connected with a harness. The first rope is mainly used for positioning, and the second rope for protection, in the sense that it arrests a fall if anything unforeseen on the positioning ropes happens that causes the technician to fall. This fall arrest component is related to fall arrest requirements described in the construction regulations, specifically Construction regulations 8 that deal with legal requirements for fall protection planning.

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CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

For the Professional Designation of Rope Access Technician to be awarded, professionals must comply with the following minimum requirements:

Academic Component

Complete the following NQF registered unit standards:

  • Unit Standard 229998: Explain and perform fall arrest techniques when working at height (Level 1)
  • Unit Standard 230000: Perform a limited range of rope access tasks and rescues (level 2)

Practical/Workplace Experience

Must complete IWH PB approved practical Rope Access Level 1 (real workplace simulation) assessment.

Board Examination/Competency Assessment

  • Must successfully complete the IWH Prof Body’s Rope Access Technician Professional Competency Assessment (This assessment can also be used as an RPL assessment against the designation).
  • Must be in possession of a current, valid medical certificate.
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CRITERIA FOR RETAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

In order to ensure the currency of professional knowledge and to retain the Professional Designation, the professional must comply with the following minimum requirements:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Members are required to provide proof to the IWH Prof Body of their CPD activities.
  • Members are required to accumulate 25 CPD points in a 3 year period by completing a range of recognized activities such as:uch as:

Compulsory (20 CPD points):

  • Current Medical Certificate  =  5 CPD points
  • 2 CPD points per 100 relevant workplace hours  to a max of 10 CPD points (Total 500 hours), logged within the preceding 12 months prior to re-registration
  • IWH PB approved Rope Access Technician Re-Assessment = 5 CPD points

Choose from any of the below (min 5 CPD points):

  • Membership with an international association/body for Rope Access or Fall Arrest  =  2 CPD Points
  • Subscription to industry related trade magazine  =  2 CPD Points (max)
  • Attendance of Work at Height conferences  =  2 CPD Points
  • Committee member of an association/body nationally or internationally  =  2 CPD Points
  • Registered with the IWH Professional Body as a constituent assessor/moderator  =  5 CDP Points
  • Author of book/published article relating to work at height  =  2 CPD Points
  • Evidence of CPD for a specific occupation  =  2 CPD Points (e.g. electrician, welder etc)
  • Workshop on work ethics =  2 CPD points
  • Minimum 1 Workshop/Seminar on work at height and/or Rope Access or Fall Arrest =  2 CPD Points
  • Competence against US 229994 = 2 CPD Points
  • Refresher Rope Access Technician Training programme = 5 CPD points
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ROPE ACCESS PRACTITIONER

A registered Rope Access Practitioner is a professional in a supervisory capacity and who is in control of teams typically consisting of Rope access technicians. Rope access by definition is work performed at height where workers are fully suspended from ropes. A rope access practitioner carries responsibility towards the safety of the team in terms of job planning, risk assessment, rope rigging, and rescue procedures. Rope access relies on a double rope system for safety, into which the technician is connected with a harness. The first rope is mainly used for positioning, and the second rope for protection, in the sense that it arrests a fall if anything unforeseen happens on the positioning rope, that may then cause the technician to fall. This fall arrest component is related to fall arrest requirements described in the construction regulations, specifically Construction regulations 8 that deal with legal requirements for fall protection planning.

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CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

For the Professional Designation of Rope Access Practitioner to be awarded, professionals must comply with the following minimum requirements:

Academic Component

Complete the following NQF registered unit standards:

  • Unit Standard 229998: Explain and perform fall arrest techniques when working at height (Level 1)
  • Unit Standard 230000: Perform a limited range of rope access tasks and rescues (level 2)
  • Unit Standard 229996: Rig working ropes, undertake rescues and perform a range of rope access tasks (Level 3)
  • First Aid Level 1 certificate

Practical/Workplace Experience

Must have completed minimum 1000 logged hours of relevant Rope Access Technician work experience.

Board Examination/Competency Assessment

  • Must successfully complete the IWH Prof Body’s Rope Access Practitioner Professional  Competency Assessment (This assessment can also be used as RPL assessment against this designations)
  • Must be in possession of a current, valid medical certificate.
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CRITERIA FOR RETAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

In order to ensure the currency of professional knowledge and to retain the Professional Designation, the professional must comply with the following minimum requirements:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  •  Members are required to provide proof to the IWH Prof Body of their CPD activities.
  • Members are required to accumulate 30 CPD points in a three year period by completing a range of recognized activities such as:

Compulsory (25 CPD points):

  • Current Medical Certificate  =  5 CPD points
  • 2 CPD points per 200 relevant workplace hours to a max of 10 CPD points (Total 1000 hours), logged within the preceding 12 months prior to re-registration
  • IWH PB approved Rope Access Technician Re-Assessment = 5 CPD points
  • First Aid Level 1 Certificate = 5 CPD points

Choose from any of the below (min 5 CPD points):

  • Membership with an international association/body for Rope Access or Fall Arrest  =  2 CPD Points
  • Subscription to industry related trade magazine  =  2 CPD Points (max)
  • Attendance of Work at Height conferences  =  2 CPD Points
  • Committee member of an association/body nationally or internationally  =  2 CPD Points
  • Registered with the IWH Professional Body as a constituent assessor/moderator  =  5 CDP Points
  • Author of book/published article relating to work at height  =  2 CPD Points
  • Evidence of CPD for a specific occupation  =  2 CPD Points (e.g. electrician, welder etc)
  • Workshop on work ethics =  2 CPD points
  • Minimum 1 Workshop/Seminar on work at height and/or Rope Access or Fall Arrest =  2 CPD Points
  • Competence against US 229999 and/or 229994 = 2 CPD Points
  • Refresher Rope Access Practitioner Training programme = 5 CPD points
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ROPE ACCESS SUPERVISOR

A registered Rope Access Supervisor is a professional of a supervisory nature, who is in control of a team or multiple teams, typically consisting of Rope access technicians and Rope access practitioners. Rope access by definition is work performed at height where workers are fully suspended from ropes. A rope access Supervisor carries responsibility towards the safety of his/her teams, in terms of work planning, risk assessment, rope rigging, and advanced techniques in rescue procedures. Rope access relies on a double rope system for safety, onto which the technician is connected with a harness. The first rope is mainly used for positioning, and the second rope for protection, in the sense that it arrests a fall if anything unforeseen happens to the positioning system, that may then cause the technician to fall. This fall arrest component is related to the fall arrest requirements described in the construction regulations, specifically Construction regulations 8 that deal with legal requirements for fall protection planning.

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CRITERIA FOR OBTAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

For the Professional Designation of Rope Access Supervisor to be awarded, professionals must comply with the following minimum requirements:

Academic Component

Complete the following NQF registered unit standards:

  • Unit Standard 229998: Explain and perform fall arrest techniques when working at height (Level 1)
  • Unit Standard 230000: Perform a limited range of rope access tasks and rescues (level 2)
  • Unit Standard 229996: Rig working ropes, undertake rescues and perform a range of rope access tasks (Level 3)
  • Unit Standard 230001: Supervise rope access teams and perform advanced maneuvers and rescues (Level 4)
  • Unit Standard 229997: Select equipment and rig ropes for rope access projects (level 4)
  • Complete First Aid Level 3

Practical/Workplace Experience

Must have completed minimum 1000 logged hours of relevant Rope Access Practitioner work experience.

Board Examination/Competency Assessment

  • Must successfully complete the IWH PB approved Rope Access Supervisor Professional Competency Assessment (This assessment can also be used as RPL instrument against this designation.
  • Must be in possession of a current, valid medical certificate.
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CRITERIA FOR RETAINING THE PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION

In order to ensure the currency of professional knowledge and to retain the Professional Designation, the professional must comply with the following minimum requirements:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Members are required to provide proof to the IWH Prof Body of their CPD activities.
  • Members are required to accumulate 30 CPD points in a 3 year period by completing a range of recognized activities such as:

Compulsory (25 credits):

  • Current Medical Certificate  =  5 CPD points
  • 2 CPD points per 200 relevant workplace hours to a maximum of 10 CPD points (total 1000 hours), logged within the preceding 12 months prior to re-registration
  • IWH PB approved Rope Access Supervisor Re-Assessment = 5 CPD points

First Aid Level 3 Certificate = 5 CPD points

  • Choose from any of the below (min 5 CPD points)
  • Membership with an international association/body for Rope Access or Fall Arrest  =  2 CPD Points
  • Subscription to industry related trade magazine  =  2 CPD Points (max)
  • Attendance of Work at Height conferences  =  2 CPD Points
  • Committee member of an association/body nationally or internationally  =  2 CPD Points
  • Registered with the IWH Professional Body as a constituent assessor/moderator  =  5 CDP Points
  • Author of book/published article relating to work at height  =  2 CPD Points
  • Evidence of CPD for a specific occupation  =  2 CPD Points (e.g. electrician, welder etc)
  • Workshop on work ethics =  2 CPD points
  • Recognised workshop/Seminar on work at height and/or Rope Access or Fall Arrest =  2 CPD Points
  • Competence against US  229994 = 2 CPD Points
  • Refresher Rope Access Supervisor Training programme = 5 CPD points

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80 Greenvale Rd, Wilbart
Germiston, 1401

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