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My name is Ally Coull, one of the Directors and Training Manager at Independent Ropes. Working in the field since 2001, I started training rope access in 2007 and became an IRATA assessor in 2011.

Independent Ropes was established in November 2018, by April the following year we were given Training Member status by IRATA International. Located in Aberdeen, the multiple local transport links means we are easily accessible and our training centre offers a generous space for creating realistic training scenarios. We also have a steel platform, and a tower that can be used for rigging exercises as well as fall arrest climbing techniques.

We have a large quantity and comprehensive range of equipment, which can be tailored to suit individual client’s requirements. Relevant equipment can be selected by the trainee – from your preferred descender and back-up device, to the use of grillons and adjustable lanyards.

Independent Ropes is focussed solely on rope access training, guaranteeing premium quality training.

We offer three levels of training courses – Level 1 Qualifies trainees as Rope Access technicians with course content ranging from rope maneuvers to basic rescue.

Level 2 achieves Experienced Rope Access Technician status including advanced rigging techniques and theory. Level 3 participants become Safety Supervisors gaining advanced knowledge from legislations and regulations through to team management and responsibilities.

IRATA Rope Access qualifications can significantly increase your employability in the energy industry, opening up potential job prospects both on and off-shore. Whether you are looking to gain rope skills as a beginner, or to refresh or upgrade your certification, we are well-equipped to help and look forward to hearing from you.


Ally Coull

Director and Training Manager

Our Team

  • Ally Coull

    Director and Training Manager

  • Lynn Coull



IRATA was formed in the UK in the late 1980’s and is now recognised as the world’s leading authority on industrial rope access with over 400 member companies it has trained in excess of 100,000 rope access Technicians worldwide.

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