Questions & Answers

How long is the course?

The duration of the course is a minimum of 4 days of training and 1 day exam. One day of training is a minimum of 8 teaching hours.

Who is responsible for the organization of courses?

The OTDL authorities do not designate places or dates for the organized courses. The course organization is dependant solely on the Rope Access Instructor. The instructor is required to organize a place that meets OTDL requirements and set a date of training. All organizational matters lie solely on the Instructor side.

What does the course give me?

First and foremost, the knowledge and skills required by Poland’s legal acts in force (Labor Code, regulations, EU directives). Training is based on a work at heights system with the rope access method. This system is analogous to other systems applied throughout Europe and most of the world.

Where does the price of the course come from?

The price of the course is determined by each institution individually. It consists of: costs related to the maintenance of the training facility; pay for an instructor, and if there are more than six students, also assistant; cost associated with the depreciation of standardized and certified equipment for rope access techniques. The price of each OTDL accredited course also includes costs associated with taking an exam assessed by an independent examiner (not the instructor training a trainee) and the OTDL registration fee, which includes the issuance of a package of documents: certificate, membership card, logbook.

Why OTDL training?

There are many training offers on the market, most of them much cheaper. However, many of these offers are training sessions executed on currently illicit sports equipment. Sports equipment not only does not comply with the relevant standards for work at an altitude, but is also non-ergonomic, therefore instead of facilitating, it hinders work. Training on sports equipment is beneficial only for the trainer, because in conjunction with the climbing course, it does not require financial outlay for additional equipment. Hence, the low price of the course. The second important factor is the time spent on learning, especially the practical part. 99% of training programs contain only the basic techniques associated with abseiling.

OHS training is no less important. Working at heights with the rope access method, like all work at heights, is subject to the law, and consequently also inspections by the authorized bodies, e.g. The National Labour Inspectorate (PIP). Not having protective equipment compliant with industry standards, no OHS training, health examinations, workplace risk assessments, and a number of other requirements can expose an inspected person to large fines.

OTDL training is in compliance with Polish and European law and the top class equipment used meets all necessary standards. Therefore, the possible inspection of the PIP, which OTDL co-operates with, should not be something to be afraid of.
Taking part in the OTDL training we are sure that the training staff is competent and experienced. Instructors must pass a re-certification exam every three years and have a documented number of working hours at heights using the rope access method.

What is the range of the training?

Zależnie od stopnia.

Level 1:
Rope Access Technician – a person at this level is capable of performing work using rope access techniques in a basic range under the supervision of a qualified level 3 person.

Level 2:
Rope Access Specialist – a person at this level has full knowledge and skills to perform work using rope access techniques. He participates in rescue operations under the supervision of Level 3 Technician.

Level 3:
Rope Access Technician – Supervisor – a person at this level is responsible for preparing the work plan, risk assessment and rescue action, takes full responsibility for the performed work and the persons under his authority. He has practical and theoretical knowledge from all three levels.

Can I immediately take second degree training?

Yes, there are two options. The first is a similar course completed in an analogous organization.

The second one is confirmed appropriate number of hours worked and appropriate professional experience with rope access techniques. Details of the aforementioned possibilities can be found in the Direct transition procedures.

Can training take place on my premises?

If only these premises meet the requirements of the OTDL guidelines, then obviously yes. However, in this case you should directly contact an accredited OTDL instructor.

How many people can participate in a single training?

OTDL does not impose a minimum number of participants, however, it depends on the school. The same is true with the maximum amount. Here the main boundary is determined by the conditions of the given training facility and the fact that a maximum of 6 trainees may be assigned to one instructor. This number can increase if the instructor is being helped by an assistant.

Do I need my own equipment for training?

No, the equipment is provided by the training organizer.

What requirements must I meet to receive the training?

  • All candidates must be over 18,
  • Sign a statement of no contraindications for training to work at heights.

What do I receive after the training?

  • OTDL training certificate,
  • OTDL card (in the form of a plastic card)
  • Logbook.

Detailed information can be found in the OTDL guidelines found on the DOWNLOAD tab


OTDL brings together employees and entrepreneurs that use rope access technology. The purpose of the Organization's activities is to improve the safety of work at height, to increase the prestige of the profession, to develop new work at height regulations and to formulate rules of professional ethics.

Contact us

Organization of Rope Access Technicans
ul. Prosta 38, p. 308
10-029 Olsztyn

Phone: +48507423007