FAQ: IRATA Rules for Revalidation

There is often some confusion about when and how folk can revalidate or upgrade their tickets, so I thought I’d try to clear things up here.

Firstly, note IRATA will NOT allow you to upgrade if your certificate has expired (more than three years since last assessment). However they will allow you to revalidate up to 6 months before expiry, and your next three years will run from the original expiry date. So its well worth booking in early if possible.

If you have expired, the rules are as follows:

Level 1: revalidate at any time with a full week’s training course.

Level 2 & 3: You have a further six months after expiry to revalidate at the same level, as long as you do not work as a rope access technician whilst expired.
If you have expired for more than 6 months but less than 2 years, a day of appraisal is required at a training centre before completing a full week’s course.
If you have expired for more than 2 years, you must first revalidate at Level 1, and then ‘fast-track’ back up the system to your original level. 300 logged hours over at least 3 months are required between levels in the ‘fast-track’ system.

If you have any questions, please get in touch and we can clear up any confusion.

Adam Long