Having an IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) rope access qualification can significantly assist someone working as an arborist in several ways:

  1. Access to Elevated Work Areas: Arborists often need to work at height within trees for tasks such as pruning, canopy management, or tree removal. IRATA qualification equips arborists with the skills to safely access elevated work areas using rope techniques, harnesses, and anchors.

  2. Safety: Safety is paramount in arboriculture, especially when working at heights. IRATA training emphasises safety protocols, equipment inspection, and rescue techniques, enhancing overall safety for arborists and their team members.

  3. Efficiency: Rope access techniques can improve efficiency by providing arborists with quicker and more flexible access to various parts of a tree canopy. This efficiency can lead to faster completion of tasks, reduced project timelines, and increased productivity.

  4. Versatility: IRATA training equips arborists with versatile skills that can be applied to a wide range of tree care tasks. Whether it’s pruning, tree inspection, installation of supports, or tree removal, rope access techniques allow arborists to tackle various challenges effectively.

  5. Reduced Environmental Impact: Traditional methods of accessing trees, such as using heavy machinery or climbing spikes, can cause damage to the tree and surrounding environment. IRATA rope access techniques minimise ground disturbance and reduce the impact on trees, soil, and vegetation.

  6. Compliance: Some arboriculture projects may require compliance with safety standards and regulations. Having an IRATA qualification ensures that arborists meet industry standards, making it easier to comply with legal and safety requirements.

  7. Professional Recognition: IRATA certification provides professional recognition and credibility within the arboriculture industry. It demonstrates a commitment to high safety standards, advanced skills, and professionalism, which can enhance career opportunities and reputation.

  8. Career Advancement: With an IRATA qualification, arborists may have access to a broader range of projects and job opportunities that require rope access skills. This can lead to career advancement, higher-demand projects, and increased earning potential within the arboriculture field.

In summary, having an IRATA rope access qualification can significantly benefit arborists by improving safety, efficiency, versatility, compliance, professional recognition, and career advancement opportunities within the arboriculture industry.

At MCLHeight Safety, we are a member of and fully accredited by IRATA to provide Level 1 to 3 training along with revalidation and refresher training. Our knowledgeable, patient and fun instructors teach this regularly at our purpose-built facilities in Humberside, South London and East London.


Visit www.mclheightsafety.co.uk, call 0208 5585688 or email [email protected] for course dates and booking information.

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