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:

Practical/Workplace Experience

Board Examination/Competency Assessment

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)

Proof of 5 CPD points

Compulsory CPD Points (3 CPD points)

Fall Protection Planners only

Choose from any of the below (min 2 CPD points): (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:

Practical/Workplace Experience

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

Board Examination/Competency Assessment

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)

Proof of 5 CPD points

Compulsory CPD Points:= 3 CPD points

Fall Protection Planners only

Choose from any of the below (min 2 CPD points): (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:

Practical/Workplace Experience

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

Board Examination/Competency Assessment

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)

Proof of 5 CPD points

Compulsory CPD Points (3 CPD points):

Fall Protection Planners only

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