Top Rope Abseiling Instructor (TRA) Assessment

TRA will continue to be offered as a TCIA qualification. Lead climbing will no longer be assessed as part of this qualification. However the placement of artificial protection will be assessed.

For candidates that do not currently hold a TCIA BAI qualification, the TRA assessment will involve a one and a half day assessment at Lassies Wall, Freycinet, this includes BAI and TRA assessment. Candidates will be required to run two half day abseiling sessions and a half day top roping session. Candidates will rig one abseil setup per BAI session and two top rope setups in the TRA session, running each session with 3-5 clients. Rescues that are assessed include basic BAI rescues (2:1 raise and entrapment release), as well as responding to a top rope climber stuck mid-climb (prussic up and counter-balance, or a top-down pick-off rescue).

The cost of assessment is $245 per half-day assessment session. For those seeking full assessment for BAI and TRA together, the total is $735. People already holding a TCIA BAI qualification will only be required to sit one session, so $245.


Candidates are expected to:

  • Keep themselves and their clients safe at all times.
  • Demonstrate a well engrained safety check and briefing procedures.
  • Offer a quality experience to their clients.
  • Be proficient at responding to any emergency situation that could arise.

To apply for assessment:

1.Fill in an expression of interest and contact the Secretary.

2. Candidates are also required to formally apply to the TCIA in order to prove their suitability for assessment. Please complete the application form and post it along with a copy of your log book and $100 TCIA membership to the membership secretary at least 1 month prior to assessment.

Remember to include:

  • Contact details of 2 referees who are happy to comment on your suitability for assessment.
  • A log book demonstrating you have assisted instructing abseiling and/or top roping sessions on at least 5 different occasions.
  • $100 membership to the TCIA (valid for 2 years).

3. Candidates are required to organise 3-5 clients who will be used for assessment.

Course Dates:

This assessment can be run on demand however this may be expensive. It is best to use one of our Spring, Summer or Autumn set weekends. Consult the Training Calendar for the next scheduled assessment dates.

Extra Information:

The following information will help candidates get a feel for the nature of the TCIA as an organisation and the content of the assessment: