Official entry requirements for training as an industrial climber
In order to take part in the training of the German Association of Specialists and Interests for Rope Assisted Working Techniques (FISAT), interested parties must be at least 18 years old. Further prerequisites are an occupational medical aptitude test (recommendation according to G41) and a proven first aid course at a DGUV authorized body.
Alternatively, training can be provided by the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA). Interested parties must also demonstrate a minimum age of 18 and physical fitness.
Is a career in rope access for me?
Working at high altitudes is part of everyday life for industrial climbers. Industrial climbers need to work wherever cranes and scaffoldings are not used. Since the tasks of the climbers often require technical know-how, an already completed vocational training within another field is recommended, but not an obligation. Anyone who decides to become an industrial climber should be interested in working at heights, they should not be afraid of heights, have a certain level of physical fitness and be motivated to work outdoors even in bad weather conditions.
The development of training as an industrial climber
The industrial climber training is divided into several courses with increasing difficulty. Using the certificates obtained from the courses, the climbers are assigned to three different levels. Here level 3 is the highest level that a climber can reach. The higher the level of a climber, the more responsibility he can take on a construction site. If climbing training is completed at SEILWORX, the trainees undertake to do practical work at SEILWORX.
Each level focuses on specific climbing techniques in the practical part. These are divided as follows:
Level 1: Rope work in the vertical
Level 2: Rope work in the horizontal
Level 3: Rope work in the slope, risk assessment and construction management
What are the costs of training to become an industrial climber?
The cost of training to become an industrial climber is between 900 euros and 1,500 euros. The exact amount is from the provider, the certification (FISAT or IRATA), the course level (basic course) and gff. Rental fees for climbing equipment depend on.
An advance payment of the training costs for the industrial climber training can be taken over by SEILWORX if the trainee undertakes to work at SEILWORX. In this case, in return, the person has to work hours to settle the amount.
How long does the training to become an industrial climber take?
Regardless of whether it is a basic or advanced course – each course is at least 5 days long and ends with an exam on the last day.
Training in the following professions can be an advantage:
How safe is industrial climbing?
Industrial climbers always use two rope systems – a suspension rope and an additional safety rope according to EN 353-2. Tools and working materials are also secured in use to avoid injuries, accidents or damage. The equipment is subject to strict safety regulations and is checked regularly. Industrial climbers always work in a team so that they can support themselves at any time and save in an emergency.
What does FISAT mean?
The German Association of Specialists and Interests for Rope Assisted Working Techniques (FISAT) defines the safety and training standards for industrial climbing.
What does IRATA mean?
The Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) is a British organization that defines safety and training standards for industrial climbing.