IRATA – Industrial Rope Access Trade Association

IRATA is a global, non-profit climbing organization established in the late 1980s in Aberdeen, Scotland, with a view to ensuring the world’s highest level of rope-access safety.


IRATA is a worldwide organization with members including more than 400 companies from over 65 different countries. Each continent is divided into the so-called RAC’s (Regional Advice Committee). RT9 assisted in the establishment of the Scandinavian RAC, which helps to uphold high standards for Rope Access in Scandinavia. This was achieved through communication with the Danish Working Environment Authority and by sharing our knowledge.



IRATA technicians and IRATA companies

There is a difference between IRATA technicians and IRATA companies. The technician certificate is given to the person performing Rope Access assignments, whereas the company constitutes a fully implemented safety system, where work is conducted according to safety manuals and procedures.


There are also two types of member companies—operating companies and training companies

  • Operating member companies have thoroughly implemented a comprehensive safety system. Moreover, we report working hours and incidents to IRATA for the production of statistics that enable us to continuously improve our work and safety.
  • Training companies are certified to train IRATA technicians at any Level.


RT9 is both a certified IRATA operating company and training company as well as we are IRATA technicians.


As one of the only Danish companies, we provide training courses in IRATA Rope Access. You can read more about our courses and sign-up here.