NOTE: the price is in $Australian 2,550 which is approximately $US 1,750.  When you book, your card provider will manage the exchange of currencies.

Are you interested in an International Technical Rescue Association (ITRA) Rope 2 or Rope 3 qualification?

I will be running a 4-day skill-gap course and 2-day assessment in conjunction with Tom Wood (Harken Industrial) and hosted by Eddy Cartaya (Vertically Speaking) in Redmond, Oregon, USA.

This is aimed at rescue technicians with existing skills and will be the first such course in the USA.  This is not a beginners’ course, it is pitched at technicians with existing skills and experience who are seeking formal recognition of these skills through an internationally recognised qualification.

One of the fundamental principles of ITRA qualifications is that technicians are all assessed on individual skills by an independent assessor.

The key skills that need to be assessed for Rope Rescue Level 2 (Technician) and Level 3 (Advanced) are listed in the document: ITRA Technical Rescue Qualifications.


The workshop will include a variety of indoor and outdoor sessions at Vertically Speaking’s facility in Redmond and at Smith Rock.  If flying, the nearest airport is Roberts Field – Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM).

Dates and times:

Each day will run from 9am – 5pm.


Our goals are:

  • To identify and fill gaps in participants’ theoretical and practical understanding of rope rescue systems in preparation for ITRA Rope 2 and Rope 3 assessment.
  • To expose participants to a range of equipment and increase their ability to make smarter choices.
  • To expose participants to a range of practical scenarios using a variety of equipment and techniques.
  • To provide the opportunity for a credible assessment by an independent assessor and equip candidates with a robust, internationally recognised ITRA Rope Rescue qualification.

Food and Accommodation:

Food and accommodation are not supplied.  There is a wide range of both food and accommodation businesses in the area. The closest hotel is Eagle Crest Resort (1 mile away) however there are 4 or 5 other hotels in Redmond as well.  Camping onsite at Vertically Speaking in Redmond is also an option.

Purchase options:

The link below takes you through a PayPal payment process in which you may pay with a credit card or a PayPal account.  If you would prefer to wire a direct deposit to our account, please send an email to admin@ropelab.com.au and we will provide you with the details.

Note: RopeLab will handle enrolment and finances for this program however candidates will be split between Richard Delaney (RopeLab Pty Ltd) and Tom Wood (Harken Industrial) for the training and then groups will be swapped for the assessment.  This is necessary to fulfil the requirements of independence of assessment.