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Why become an industrial rope access specialist?

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Start your career with no student loan

Earn a wage from day one, and finish your apprenticeship without a massive loan hanging over your head!

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Work that suits your lifestyle

Work outdoors instead of being stuck in the same office all day. As your career grows, you'll have more freedom and flexibility in your schedule to fit in more time for the things that matter, such as family, hobbies, and interests.

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A variety of experiences

No two days are the same! You'll get the chance to work on a wide range of jobs throughout your career.

What do industrial rope access specialists do?

You'll be setting up industrial rope access systems to work safely at height or in places with difficult access. There is a huge range of sectors that need people working in these areas, including building and construction, high-rise window cleaning, oil and gas, and more.

On any given day you could be:

  • Inspecting and maintaining height safety equipment

  • Setting up, altering, and dismantling industrial rope access systems

  • Using a safety harness for personal fall prevention when working at height

  • Using, installing, and taking down temporary height safety systems when working at height

  • Planning and preparing for basic industrial rope access work

  • Communicating information in a specified workplace

  • Listening actively to gain information in an interactive situation

  • Giving oral instructions in the workplace

  • Identifying and applying industrial rope access legislation

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By the numbers

1 2yrs

Length of training

Training to become an industrial rope access takes approximately 1-2 years.

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Earnings

Qualified and experienced industrial rope specialists can enjoy starting pay rates of around $25 - $30 per hour. As your experience grows, so will your income.

Source: seek.co.nz, nz.indeed.com

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Job outlook

The job outlook for industrial rope access specialists is good, especially once you’re experienced and hold a qualification.

Source: Skills/Infometrics

Industry training

As an industrial rope access trainee, you’ll be working, learning, and earning money at the same time. You’ll work closely with experienced people at your company to learn everything you need to become a qualified industrial rope access specialist.

During your training, you'll learn the skills you need to become an industrial rope access specialist in two ways:

 

on jobOn-job learning: This is the practical learning side of your training. Someone at your company will teach you the tasks you’ll carry out in your day-to-day work, and you will be assessed on how well you can do these tasks.

off jobOff-job learning: This is the theory learning side of your training, where you’ll be studying different topics throughout your training to support the skills you learn on the job.

A supervisor at your company will support you to check you are working correctly and safely.

Where can I go?

To become a qualified industrial rope access specialist, you need to first find an employer who will take you on as a trainee. You will gain nationally recognised training in industrial rope access.

Once you complete this programme, you will be able to work under limited supervision, doing basic rope access tasks on a range of rope access sites.

Want to go further? You can do more training and get qualified to Level 5 to increase your job prospects.

As your experience grows, so will your career opportunities. You can go on to senior or more specialised roles such as site technician or site supervisor, go into related fields such as rigging, or even start your own business.

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Is it for me?

There are some basic skills which will help you go far in your career as a rigger. You should be:

responsibleResponsible and well-organised 

heightsComfortable with heights for long periods of time

weatherHappy working outdoors in any weather

strongReasonably fit, with good hand-eye coordination, hearing, and eyesight (with or without glasses)

communicateGood at communicating with others 

timeFlexible with working hours, as evening, weekend and on call is sometimes required

eyePatient and observant

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