Certification by either SPRAT (Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians) or IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association) is mandatory in most cases to find employment as a rope access technician.
Entry-level rope access work is limited and competitive. Typically rope access technicians must combine their ability of working at heights with skilled trades to be successful. Experience on construction or industrial sites is also applicable. Some examples of rope access jobs regularly in demand include: mechanical repair, pipefitting, plumbing, welding, non-destructive inspection, electrical work, insulation and steel coating.