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DESIGNATION - ROPE ACCESS CHAMBER

DESIGNATION - ROPE ACCESS CHAMBER

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 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:

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 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 have a current, valid medical certificate.

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:

Proof of 5 CPD points

Compulsory CPD Points (3 CPD points)

  • IWH PB registered board re-assessment

Fall Protection Planners only

  • Submit minimum 1 new (latest) site specific Fall Protection Plans to any of the IWH PB recognised training providers who are accredited to train FPP to be assessed according to the IWH PB board assessment criteria

Choose from any of the below (min 2 CPD points): (pre-approved by IWH PB)

  • Membership with another national or international association/body
  • Subscription to industry related trade magazine
  • Attendance of approved Work at Height conference
  • Committee member of a relevant association/body nationally or internally
  • Registered with the IWH PB as a constituent assessor/moderator
  • Author of book/published article relating to work at height
  • IWH PB registered CPD workshops relevant to designation
  • Re-fresher training programme on area of specialisation
  • Attendance of OHS CPD workshops or training programmes (pre-approved by IWH PB)

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 a height where workers are fully suspended from ropes. A rope access practitioner carries the 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.

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 of 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.

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:

Proof of 5 CPD points

Compulsory CPD Points:= 3 CPD points

  • IWH PB registered board re-assessment

Fall Protection Planners only

  • Submit minimum 1 new (latest) site specific Fall Protection Plans to any of the IWH PB recognised training providers who are accredited to train FPP to be assessed according to the IWH PB board assessment criteria

Choose from any of the below (min 2 CPD points): (pre-approved by IWH PB)

  • Membership with another national or international association/body
  • Subscription to industry related trade magazine
  • Attendance of approved Work at Height conference
  • Committee member of a relevant association/body nationally or internally
  • Registered with the IWH PB as a constituent assessor/moderator
  • Author of book/published article relating to work at height
  • IWH PB registered CPD workshops relevant to designation
  • Re-fresher training programme on area of specialisation
  • Attendance of OHS CPD workshops or training programmes (pre-approved by IWH PB)

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 a height where workers are fully suspended from ropes. A rope access Supervisor carries the 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.

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 manoeuvres 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 of 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.

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:

Proof of 5 CPD points

Compulsory CPD Points (3 CPD points):

  • IWH PB registered board re-assessment

Fall Protection Planners only

  • Submit minimum 1 new (latest) site specific Fall Protection Plans to any of the IWH PB recognised training providers who are accredited to train FPP to be assessed according to the IWH PB board assessment criteria

Choose from any of the below (min 2 CPD points): (pre-approved by IWH PB)

  • Membership with another national or international association/body
  • Subscription to industry related trade magazine
  • Attendance of approved Work at Height conference
  • Committee member of a relevant association/body nationally or internally
  • Registered with the IWH PB as a constituent assessor/moderator
  • Author of book/published article relating to work at height
  • IWH PB registered CPD workshops relevant to designation
  • Re-fresher training programme on area of specialisation
  • Attendance of OHS CPD workshops or training programmes (pre-approved by IWH PB)