To become an ITRA Instructor you will first need to hold the ITRA qualification through Level 3 for the appropriate discipline. For example, if you wish to become an ITRA Rope Rescue Instructor, you will need to have a current qualification for Level 1 Rope Responder, Level 2 Rope Technician, and Level 3 Rope Advanced.
Note: as of January 2022, ITRA discontinued issuing Level 1 and Level 2 Instructor certifications for all disciplines. Going forward, the certification is simply “Instructor” (no level).
If you are a Level 1 or 2 Instructor right now, you have until December 31 2022, to a) get assessed as a level 3 technician and b) also get assessed as an Instructor. After this date, if you do not hold a current level 3 certification in your discipline, you cannot hold an instructorship for that discipline. One reason for this change is that “Instructors” can now assess all students performing their technical LO’s. The ITRA Board felt that an Instructor needs to be accomplished at the art of teaching and be skilled enough to recognize advanced mistakes. There are also some liability concerns with having people with only level 1 skills labeled as instructor.
There are two paths to the application process which is either through non-direct entry which is for those that already possess ITRA qualifications in the disciplines they wish to deliver training in, or direct entry which is for those that do not hold any ITRA qualifications but may have transferable knowledge and skills from other previous training and operations that is comparable. The Working Groups will assess each application.
The following criteria applies to non-direct entry:
The following criteria applies to direct entry:
Both non-direct and direct entry
For both entry paths, an adult learning or Instructor certificate is required under the following criteria:
Accepted adult learning evidence
There are many types of adult learning courses and certificates available in many countries which are too numerous to list. When evidence is submitted for the application, the relevant Working Group will assess it to ensure that the qualification is acceptable. In some cases, the qualification may be internal to an organization by policy and not a printed certificate. The working group will have ultimate approval authority reference a candidate’s ability to teach adults.
Generally, the adult learning qualifications accepted will consist of the necessary components to deliver theory and practical training to adults. Components include roles and responsibilities as an educator, planning, communication, delivery methods, inclusive learning approaches, education and training resources.
Accepted Instructor qualification evidence
There are many types of Instructor qualifications available also. Examples include Instructor courses that may be specific to a discipline such as Fire Department Rope Rescue Instructor or general Instructor qualifications such as a military general instructor qualification that covers instruction in a wide variety of disciplines.
When evidence is submitted for the application, the relevant ITRA Working Group will assess it to ensure that the qualification is acceptable.
Generally, the Instructor qualifications accepted, are comparable with the adult learning qualification and will consist of the necessary components to deliver theory and practical training to adults.
Two references are required by the applicant.
The references should be:
The references should not be from:
How to apply
Applicants who believe they have met the above requirement are to apply using the following process.
Once all of the above is completed, and the paperwork/results have been submitted to HQ, the certification will be processed by ITRA administration, training records will be updated, certificate(s) issued, and the candidate will be notified via email.