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PO001: Police Rope Access Operator

Course Code


Who is this course for?

The Police Rope Access course is aimed at police officers who may be required to carry out their duties using rope access procedures such as specialist search teams or fire arms teams.

This course is specifically aimed at rope access and positioning, including team based positioning techniques and is not for rope rescue; in addition although similar to IRATA does not carry the same certification or on going requirements for records etc.


Due to the physical nature of the course, candidates must have a reasonable level of fitness and will be required to complete a self-declaration of fitness to train, (if unsure, please contact us), the minimum age for candidates is 18 years.

Course content

  • Legislation and standards
  • General hazards
  • Medical considerations
  • Risk assessment when working at height
  • Personal and team equipment
  • Introduction to ropes, knots and technical gear
  • Anchor systems
  • Releasable systems
  • Lowering systems
  • Placing rope protection
  • Use of work restraint and fall arrest equipment
  • Lead climbing with lanyards
  • Ascending and descending
  • Passing knots whilst ascending/descending
  • Passing anchors whilst ascending/descending
  • Passing deviations whilst ascending/descending
  • Performing rope transfers/changeovers
  • Individual simple pick-offs
  • Team based positioning.
  • Lifting a casualty using a pre-installed device
  • Lowering a casualty

Delivery method and assesment

Lectures and practical elements. The course assessment is by short written test and a heavy emphasis on continuous practical assessment.


Valid for 3 years


5 days

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