what is irata?

Heads Up Access is an IRATA member company.

IRATA stands for International Rope Access Trade Association, it is the world's leading authority in industrial rope access.

Industrial rope access has been developed by IRATA International for over 25 years to a point where it is the chosen means of access for much of the work in the offshore oil and gas industry as well as a range of projects in construction, civil engineering, the built environment and much more. It’s success is based on thorough training and strict work guidelines that deliver an unrivalled safe working record year after year. The environmental, efficiency and economic benefits have resulted in growing international support for industrial rope access ahead of alternative means of access.

IRATA assurance

The IRATA assurance of safe and responsible working is based on:

  • Audited and regularly re-audited member companies;

  • Robust membership entry criteria;

  • Many thousands of rope access technicians who have been thoroughly trained and are required to re-train every three years;

  • The independent assessment of every IRATA trainee technician wherever in the world he or she is trained;

  • An unrivalled level of site supervision;

  • Mandatory work procedures that are consistent wherever IRATA teams operate.

safe working record

Working at height safely is not achieved without diligence and application. IRATA’s safe working record has been verified in it’s unique Work and Safety Analysis that has been produced for the last 18 years.


The document is produced from IRATA member company statistics and compiled by a senior Health and Safety expert.

IRATA is the most recognised professional global authority in industrial rope access with member companies in every continent and qualified technicians in over 50 countries. The Association is at the forefront of developing and diversifying rope access as a work solution and progresses its two-rope, safety first methods into new regions every year.

The training given to IRATA technicians follows a strict work based syllabus that delivers highly committed personnel who are determined to deliver safe working. Those conducting the training are rope access experts, not general work-at-height instructors, and have many years experience.



Why use rope access?


Traditional means of access to height often involves expensive and time consuming scaffolding or cumbersome mechanical aids, such as cherry pickers; scissor lifts or boom lifts.

Rope access, on the other hand, boasts an impeccable safety record, whilst still proving to be the most cost effective, discreet, and efficient method of working at height.


why use heads up?


Impeccable safety record

By using Heads Up Access you can be assured that you and your assets are in the safest hands.

In 2015 the Health and Safety at Work legislation changed in New Zealand, by using Heads Up Access you can be sure that all the work we do will not only comply, but we will go beyond New Zealand legislation.

Heads up is the only IRATA operator and trainer member company in the South Island of New Zealand.

Being a member of IRATA we complete our work with confidence and assurance, the certainty of expertise and and the value of a service that has proved itself around the world with all IRATA members.

We have the highest level of public liability insurance, certificates available on request.

Heads Up operate the South Islands only IRATA training, a highly respected training centre in central Christchurch.

Heads Up Access foundations are based upon over 30 years of the most experienced and qualified rope access technicians and trademan in the country.


Heads Up Access can offer the best quality of workmanship, using experienced and qualified tradesmen and technicians. Our personnel have a breadth of practical experience, including: Rigging, NDT (Non Destructive Testing), Construction, Demolition, Cleaning, Maintenance, Restoration, Photography and Confined Space entry

Quality workmanship

Heads Up Access provide clients with the most cost effective ways of working at height. We are a local business, operating from Christchurch, that can offer competitive and professional estimates.

Cost effectiveness

Heads Up Access are committed to minimal impact for our clients, the public and the environment. The rope access methods used at Heads Up Access ensure swift set up and dismantle times, without the disruption of scaffolding and machinery.

Minimal impact

Accredited by

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5 Stars assessment rating

IMPAC is a world-class provider of workplace health and safety solutions.


Scored 100% for heath & safety

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SITEWISE GREEN prequalification

SiteWise is a prequalification system that grades a contractor’s health & safety capability and publishes that grade in a database that can be viewed by main contractor’s and principal organisations.


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