Rope Access Course - Denver (December 7-11)
Submitted By: John McNamee on Nov 18, 2009
Looking for a new career in rope access? A level one Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) certification is the place to start! Wind turbine repair and maintenance, high rise window cleaning, rock scaling, stage rigging, and offshore platform maintenance companies are all looking for SPRAT certified rope access technicians.
Rope and rescue gear manufacturer PMI will be hosting a course in Denver at their new training facility the week of December 7-11, 2009.
The deadline for registration is Friday November 20, but we will be hosting more classes in 2010. For more information or to register, check out www.regonline.com/pmi-sprat or call 303-829-4468.
/PS: I posted this up in the news section since the cut off date is only a couple days away
|Comments on Rope Access Course - Denver (December 7-11)
|By Buff Johnson|
Nov 19, 2009
I'm posting here to offer some good advice to climbers really coming into their own in technical terrain.
"What the **** is SPRAT?"
When most climbers think about the possibility of making a living using their technical skills, typically you think of getting into guiding or maybe try going at the pro-sponsored level. But realistically, how many people though are really at that level and can maintain it as a profession?
The simple fact of the matter is that while climbing is a kick-ass vocation -- it don't pay very well for the vast majority involved.
Rope access is another avenue to think about and also earn a living using your talent. Also to mention, get other perspectives on safe rigging tactics within the industrial sector. These are specialized skills that can carry on through from laborer to engineer/scientist as a career.
Here is a website about what SPRAT is:
Some incredibly talented climbers have taken this route and Colorado now has a fabulous resource with the new VRS facilities at PMI in Denver.
It's certainly worth thinking about.
& No, I don't work for these organizations involved with putting together these programs.
Though, yes, most days I'd rather be climbing.
|By Greg D|
Nov 20, 2009
A bit misleading title. More like "Pay for training. Then, maybe get a job."
Nov 20, 2009
Most "climbing bums" that need a job don't $1200 to pay for training in hopes of maybe being able to find a job. But, sounds like if you landed a job, it might be an alright gig.
|By John McNamee|
From: Littleton, CO
Nov 20, 2009
No intention to misled people with the heading. Sorry about that. I've renamed the heading to reflect the item more accurately.
|By Tom Wood|
Nov 20, 2009
Thanks John for addressing that. Much appreciated.
As Mark stated in his post, there aren't a whole lot of jobs in the world out there that allow climbers to use their skills and get paid for them. Rope access is one of those gigs. No, the training does not guarantee a job in rope access. But it is a good place to start. Yes, it costs money to take the class, but we've tried our best to make it as affordable as possible.
Sorry for the misleading header at the start of the post.
|By Brian Bourquin|
From: Denver, CO
Dec 20, 2009
I agree with the previous posts. I am SPRAT and IRATA level 1. It takes more than climbing ability to make a living at it. If you train through ropeworks, you can take both tests at once. IRATA seems to be a much bigger and more well know org.
Jan 18, 2010
Thanks for the topic, fellas.
I am Level I certified tech and use my RA skills for rigging work, though not very often. I would be interested to know if any of you have advice on finding these jobs - an industry specific db like craigs list, if such a thing exist. I've just recently heard about the turbine gig, that sounds pretty sweet. I am doing my own searches, but if you guys have anything specific, I'd sure appreciate it.