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Rope Access Training (ARAA)

Nationally recognised units of competency
ARAA Rope Access level 1, 2 or 3

Face to Face

Provides participants with the knowledge and skills to perform work while suspended in a vertical environment.


ARAA have decided to cease acting as a certifying body effective 1 March 2019. The provision of all ARAA qualifications shall cease from 1 March 2019. Instead, Pinnacle are offering the SPRAT qualification.

Course Dates

Location (NSW) Start Date Places Left

For group bookings please call us on 1300 990 810.

Course Details


Students who are deemed competent will receive an industry qualification from ARAA (Australian Rope Access Association) at level 1, 2 or 3 mapped against AS4488.

Students who choose to undergo simultaneous ARAA and SPRAT certification and are deemed competent also receive an industry qualification from SPRAT (Society Professional Rope Access Technicians). For information about SPRAT qualification, click here.

Course Duration

5 days


  • ARAA only certification
    • Level 1: $1595 pp
    • Level 2: $1655 pp.
    • Level 3: $1695 pp.

  • Dual ARAA & SPRAT certification
    • Level 1: $1765 pp.
    • Level 2: $2025 pp.
    • Level 3: $2065 pp.

  • For group or company bookings, please contact us for an obligation free quote.

Course Overview

Industrial rope access (aka twin rope access) training AS4488 is designed to provide workers with the knowledge and skills to perform work while suspended in a vertical environment. Training covers:

  • Risk assessment procedures
  • Installation of anchor systems
  • Industrial abseiling skills
  • Rope ascending techniques
  • Work methods
  • Mobility at height
  • Rescue procedures

This four day course with a fifth day for assessments is suitable for any worker/company who will be required to conduct work such as maintenance or inspection whilst fully suspended at height. Typical work scenarios are:

  • High rise window cleaning
  • Industrial abseiling
  • Painting or maintenance
  • Sign installation
  • Work on bridges, power stations, mines, cliffs etc.

Training is designed to be as realistic as possible and enable you to work effectively as a rope access technician.

Course Inclusions

  • All necessary equipment can be provided (although we encourage you to bring your own)
  • Training conducted by experienced Rope Access Technician
  • Knowledge on relevant legislation and Australian Standards for working at height
  • Recommendations and advice for specialised PPE and equipment for your particular workplace
  • Advice on risk control methods for the type of rope access works to be undertaken
  • Plenty of practical hands on training to ensure rope access technicians can ensure personal safety whilst performing suspended works

Each Trainee Must Provide

  • We supply all equipment necessary for you to undertake training including harnesses, ascenders, descenders etc.
  • We actively encourage you to bring along your own equipment.
  • This training is realistic and very physical. It is important that all personnel who attend this course are physically fit and have a head for heights. You will be ascending ropes and hanging in harnesses for extended periods in order to conduct rescues. If you do not possess the fitness/strength to ascend ropes under your own strength, you will be unable to demonstrate the competence required for this program.

Mandatory Prerequisites (All Trainees)

  • A current (within 24 months) Work Safely at Heights certificate (RIIWHS204D or equivalent).
  • Level 2 and 3 students, please note the additional requirements listed below.

Additional Prerequisites for Level 2

  • A current ARAA level 1 certification
  • A current (within 24 months) Work Safely at Heights certificate (RIIWHS204D or equivalent).
  • At least 500 logged hours employing twin-rope system at level 1 within last 3 years (supervisor-signed and verified).

Additional Prerequisites for Level 3

  • A current ARAA level 2 certification
  • A current (within 24 months) Work Safely at Heights certificate (RIIWHS204D or equivalent).
  • At least 1,000 logged hours employing twin-rope system within last 3 years (supervisor-signed and verified).

Direct Entry Requirements

If you wish to apply for direct entry to Level 2 or Level 3, please note:
  • You must review the direct entry requirements (PDF).
  • A document of evidence is required to apply for a level 2 or 3 ARAA qualification and this is required at least twenty (20) days prior to the training. Please contact us for details.
  • A direct entry fee is payable for all direct entry applications.
  • All direct entry documentation must be forwarded directly to Pinnacle Safety and Training.
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Dane the instructor was pretty easy going which set a pretty relaxed learning environment, thus making it a lot easier to take in the info and procedures for the practical. I felt pretty confident going into my practical test and passed first go. Dane was a excellent instructor and a top bloke. I will definitely be using Pinnacle for future courses. Thank you for the training.

John A. - Sydney, NSW

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