There has always been a big debate in the rope access community if Rope access is a stand alone trade or if rope access is just a means to access and the technician needs a skill / trade once at the desired working area. At rope works we firmly believe that rope access is a means to access and once at the desired work site the technician must have the desired skill set to complete the job. It is no good employing a technician to do a task if he or she has no experience or qualifications in that role previously. There are a few exceptions to this which only work if the technician is a level 3. If the level 3’s job is to be a rescue cover operative then he or she should know this role already. He should have experience in the role previously and over the years he has been working as a rope access technician he should have gained the experience and be competent as a rescue cover operative.