Candidates shall be at least 18 years of age at the start of the course.
Candidates should be physically fit and unaffected by any disability or medical condition that
may prevent them from working safely. They shall ensure that they have an adequate level of fitness,
are physically able to perform the tasks expected in terms of strength, agility and co-ordination, and are
able to withstand the stresses of the working environment, such as heat, cold, and other inclement
Candidates are required to declare that they do not have any medical conditions or contraindications
that may prevent them from working safely. The minimum requirement is a self-certification
statement, see the IRATA Candidate Disclaimer and Liability Release form [FM-014].
It is recommended that prospective employees are in possession of an appropriate medical
certificate before starting this kind of work, and that they are re-assessed at regular intervals thereafter.
If a candidate has a contra-indicated condition which is controlled with medication, he/she
shall obtain a signed doctor’s note to show the Training member company or employer that the condition
should not prevent that person doing rope access work providing they have access to the required