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SPRAT Rope Access Courses

Rope Partner has been certifying rope access technicians in Santa Cruz, CA since 2002. At each level of our rope access training courses, you will learn both how to perform rope maneuvers and rescues as well as how to analyze rope access systems. Rope Partner certifies to the U.S. based Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT).

Training Facilities

Our purpose-built facility at our company headquarters in beautiful Santa Cruz, California offers students the chance to learn and demonstrate all the required SPRAT skills in a safe and monitored simulated working environment.

SPRAT Certification System

The Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians is a non-profit agency that develops standards for both rope access work and company and worker qualification. SPRAT sets rigorous standards for technician training and evaluation. Certification is based on a three level system, where a combination of training, examination and logged work experience is required to advance between each level of Rope Access; from Rope Access Worker (Level I) to Rope Access Lead Technician (Level II) and finally Rope Access Supervisor (Level III). While each rope access candidate is trained by one of our in-house instructors, each will be independently tested by an external SPRAT evaluator on the final day of the course.

Our Instructors

Every Rope Partner instructor is not only a certified SPRAT level III but is required to continue working in the field in order to maintain a practical approach to rope access. They have each spent thousands of hours performing work around the globe in challenging conditions using rope access techniques, ingenuity and common sense. Our instructors bring a high level of patience, sense of humor, and clarity in communication throughout the course to put you in the best position possible for the final day’s exam.

Dates and Prices

Costs: SPRAT Level I, II OR III Rope Access Training Courses cost $1295 + $100 SPRAT Certification Fee ($100 off if registration and payment arrive 30 days before class begins). Rope Partner accepts check or money order. Sorry, no credit/debit cards.

SPRAT Level 1 / 2 Course Dates
19th – 23rd May 2014 – CLASS IS FULL
22nd-26th September 2014
13th-17th October 2014
17th-21st November 2014
SPRAT Level 3 Course Dates
Please contact training@ropepartner.com to make arrangements

Training FAQ

Do I need prior climbing or rope access experience?
No. You should be physically fit, at least 18 years old and be comfortable with heights. We’ll take care of the rest.
Where Can I stay while in Santa Cruz?
We have a local information sheet that provides detailed information on local lodging, restaurants, entertainment. Download this sheet here.
Where are the courses held?
SPRAT rope access training courses are held at our headquarters in Santa Cruz, California.

Santa Cruz is 1.5 hours drive from San Francisco; 45 minutes from SJC international airport; and 1.25 hours from Monterey/Carmel, CA. If you are flying in from out of state or out of the country, we suggest you tack on an extra weekend and visit one of the most beautiful corners of the United States!

See our contact page for more information.

Can I escape renting a car?
Yes. It is moderately easy to get through the week without a car as there are hotels and restaurants within walking distance of the training center. You can even walk to the beach in the evening. To do this the Mission Inn and the Sunset Inn are the places to stay. The bus to Santa Cruz has internet and the trip is quite scenic, but it will take 2.5 hours rather than 50 minutes. See the training accommodations sheet for detailed information on shuttles and public transport options.
Who runs the evaluations on the 5th day of the course?
Rope Partner hires an independent SPRAT certified evaluator for all SPRAT courses we teach. These evaluations can end by mid-afternoon for a level one candidate and last up to 12 hours for a level III candidate. The length of the evaluation depends on the skill and speed of the candidates, the style of the evaluator and the number of candidates being evaluated.
What happens if I don’t pass the evaluation?
The evaluation consists of two parts: a written test and a practical test. If you fail both, you simply schedule another evaluation date and go through both parts again. You are not required to go through an additional week of training but should consider it. If you fail only one part (written or practical) you only have to retake that segment provided you wait 7 days but no longer than 60 days. If you wait longer than 60 days you must retake both parts.
Do people fail regularly?
No. The majority of course evaluations at Rope Partner have no failures – in fact, our success rate is among the highest of all training companies. However, SPRAT has established clear and exacting standards that, if not met, do result in failure. Evaluators want you to succeed but the risk inherent in work at heights requires a conservative and ridged standard not only for your safety but for those with whom you will potentially work.
Does Rope Partner hire from its courses?
Sometimes. Rope Partner is always looking for talented technicians and encourages independent rope access technicians to submit a resume if they are interested in being considered for work at Rope Partner. Rope Partner seeks rope access technicians with a solid work ethic, mechanical aptitude, common sense, and trade backgrounds including experience in composite repair, non-destructive testing, industrial coatings inspection and application and welding.

As a training company, Rope Partner seeks to develop a high level of trust with companies that send their employees to us for training. Rope Partner does not recruit/hire from the companies that send their workers to its trainings.

Please see our careers page for more information.

What should I do in preparation before the course starts?
Each course consists of four days of training and one full-day evaluation. This structure is the standard in the U.S. and in many other countries. It is however, a very tight timeline for learning a significant amount of information and technique. Please come to class the first day well rested and ready for an engaging and physically demanding week. You can give yourself a head-start by downloading and reading the SPRAT Safe Practices for Rope Access Work before you arrive.
I have another question about the course that isn't answered
No problem! Email us with any course specific questions at training@ropepartner.com
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