ON SITE TRAINING

Third-party training and certification are critical to reducing hazards and mitigating risk when operating zip lines, challenge courses, and aerial parks. Challenge Towers provides onsight ACCT Facilitator Certifications and custom skills-based training hosted at your site and tailored to your course, equipment, and objectives. Our veteran trainers blend discussion and demonstration with hands-on instruction to deliver an engaging and standards-based curriculum.

Customizable Training

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Each training service is unique and is dependent upon a number of items that can be flexible to fit your needs. Our team will review a variety of documents to determine the length and content of the training prior to providing an estimated training scoope and cost of service. We'll talk through these items with you and other stakeholders to ensure the training meets your desired outcomes and training hour requirements per standards.

Advanced Rescue Skills

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Utilizing a blend of instructional formats including discussion, demonstrations, document review, video, and primarily hands-on applications, we can help guide experienced challenge course professionals on the best practices for advanced rescue skills.

Blended L1/L2 Training

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Our courses are designed for everyone from new practitioners with no prior experience, to course managers wanting more professional development outside their site, to L2 practitioners wanting to re-certify. We also offer advanced training for challenge course professionals with a strong technical background.

Skills Workshops

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Rope Access

Next Scheduled: TBD

Location: Blowing Rock Conference Center & High Gravity Adventures, Blowing Rock, NC

Topics: This workshop is focused on basic rope access, fall protection, and work at height systems and concepts guided by SPRAT/IRATA curriculum. The workshop will last up to 28 hours over three days and will utilize a blend of instructional formats including discussion, demonstrations, document review, video, and hands-on application. There will be 4 hours of online preparatory curriculum.

  • Inspection & Maintenance Access
  • Fundamentals of Rope Access in the Challenge Course Industry
  • ANSI/OSHA Compliant PPE and Working at Height
  • Rope Access Maneuvers on Two-Rope Systems
  • Rigging and Knots
  • Rescue Systems

Inspection CEUs: Earn up to 25 Inspection CEUs pre-approved by the ACCT

Who: Experienced challenge course professionals and operators (not designed for beginners)

Price: 

  • $450 (excludes food and lodging)

Lodging Available: $30/night at the Blowing Rock Conference Center – upon availability

Prerequisites & Policies:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a basic working knowledge of rope systems, simple rescue/evacuation systems, and PPE inspection
  • Must have proficiency with knots
  • Must have ANSI/OSHA compliant PPE for working at height
  • Must be in good physical condition with the ability to complete all tasks

Fundamentals of Inspection

Next Scheduled: TBD

Location: Blowing Rock Conference Center & High Gravity Adventures, Blowing Rock, NC

Topics: This workshop is focused on the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary to more appropriately inspect traditional challenge courses, aerial adventure parks, and zip lines/canopy tours. The workshop will last up to 24 hours over three days and will utilize a blend of instructional formats including discussion, demonstrations, document review, video, and hands-on application.

  • Gain and Refine Knowledge of Fundamental Skills, Tools, and Techniques for Assessing Structures and Associated Equipment
  • Interpret ACCT/ANSI Standards as they Relate to Inspection
  • Field Inspection Techniques and Fundamental Concepts
  • Inspection Tools
  • Inspection of PPE
  • Inspection of Structures
  • Inspection of Specialty Devices and Aerial Adventure Technologies
  • Fall Protection Concepts and Compliance
  • Documenting Inspection Findings and Stop Use Notices

Inspection CEUs: Earn up to 21 Inspection CEUs pre-approved by the ACCT

Who: In-house inspectors or those looking to gain valuable experience to bring back to their course

Price: 

  • $450 (excludes food and lodging)

Lodging Available: $30/night at the Blowing Rock Conference Center – upon availability

Prerequisites & Policies:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a basic understanding of course inspection
  • Must be competent course operators
  • Must be in good physical condition with the ability to complete all tasks

Advanced Rescue

Next Scheduled: TBD

Location: Blowing Rock Conference Center & High Gravity Adventures, Blowing Rock, NC

Topics: This workshop on advanced rescue techniques is catered to traditional challenge courses, aerial parks, and zip line/canopy tour systems. This training will serve practitioners, inspectors and builders. The trainer(s) holds relevant credentials from ACCT, SPRAT/IRATA, AMGA, MRA, etc. The workshop will last up to 24 hours over three days and will utilize a blend of instructional formats including discussion, demonstrations, document review, video, and primarily hands-on application.

  • Practical Techniques for Implementation of Advanced Rescues
  • Standards Guiding Rescue Practices (ACCT, ANSI, ASTM)
  • Basics of Fall Protection and Work at Height Systems
  • Equipment Selection, Inspection, and Limitations
  • Prevention, Readiness, and Pre-rigging for Rescues
  • Rigging and Knots

Inspection CEUs: Earn up to 21 Inspection CEUs pre-approved by the ACCT

Who: Experienced challenge course professionals and operators (not designed for beginners)

Price: 

  • $450 (excludes food and lodging)

Lodging Available: $30/night at the Blowing Rock Conference Center – upon availability

Prerequisites & Policies:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a basic working knowledge of rope systems, simple rescue/evacuation systems, and PPE inspection
  • Must have proficiency with knots
  • Must be in good physical condition with the ability to complete all tasks

Facility Maintenance

Next Scheduled: TBD

Location: Blowing Rock Conference Center & High Gravity Adventures, Blowing Rock, NC

Topics: This workshop on advanced rescue techniques is catered to traditional challenge courses, aerial parks, and zip line/canopy tour systems. This training will serve practitioners, inspectors and builders. The trainer(s) holds relevant credentials from ACCT, SPRAT/IRATA, AMGA, MRA, etc. The workshop will last up to 24 hours over three days and will utilize a blend of instructional formats including discussion, demonstrations, document review, video, and primarily hands-on application.

  • Practical Techniques for Implementation of Advanced Rescues
  • Standards Guiding Rescue Practices (ACCT, ANSI, ASTM)
  • Basics of Fall Protection and Work at Height Systems
  • Equipment Selection, Inspection, and Limitations
  • Prevention, Readiness, and Pre-rigging for Rescues
  • Rigging and Knots

Inspection CEUs: Earn up to 21 Inspection CEUs pre-approved by the ACCT

Who: Experienced challenge course professionals and operators (not designed for beginners)

Price: 

  • $450 (excludes food and lodging)

Lodging Available: $30/night at the Blowing Rock Conference Center – upon availability

Prerequisites & Policies:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a basic working knowledge of rope systems, simple rescue/evacuation systems, and PPE inspection
  • Must have proficiency with knots
  • Must be in good physical condition with the ability to complete all tasks

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does the training cost?

Each training service is unique and costing for service is dependent upon a number of items. Our team will review documents such as inspection reports, staff manuals, and LOPs to determine the length and content of the training prior to providing an estimated cost of service. We'll talk through these items with you and other stakeholders to ensure the training meets your desired outcomes and meets training hour requirements per standards.

Q:  What are the other expenses that I should expect from training?

The following is a breakdown of potential travel expenses.  We invoice these expenses exactly as they are incurred.  We do everything we can to keep these costs reasonable.

  • Driving:  mileage - the national rate of $0.56 cents per mile, rental car and gas, road tolls
  • Flights - airfare, baggage fees, airport parking
  • Meals - $50.00 per day per trainer; lodging - billed exactly as incurred ($120 is a figure often used to estimate rates
  • Travel labor - approximately $400 for a full day of travel and $200 for half a day of travel

** Travel expenses may be offset if the client has the ability to provide lodging, meals, transportation, etc... which meet the trainer's needs as well as follow suggested CDC protocols for COVID mitigation.

Q:  How many participants can we have at the training?

We can train as many staff as you need. We have a ratio of 5-10 trainees to each trainer, depending on site-specific considerations. Certification testing requires an additional day of testing with a maximum ratio of 5 candidates to each trainer/tester.

Q: Do you train on courses that Challenge Towers did not build?

Yes! Per ANSI/ACCT standards: training must take place at course with a passing inspection (course and equipment) from a qualified third party within the last year. 

Q: Can you certify our staff to be trainers?

There is currently no such certification backed by ACCT that certifies others to train.  According to the Training Standards in the ANSI/ACCT 3-2019 Standards, only a Qualified Person can deliver training.  A Qualified Person is an individual who, by possession of a recognized degree, certificate or professional standing;  or who by possession of extensive knowledge, training and or experience in the subject field; has successfully demonstrated ability in design, analysis, evaluation, installation, inspection, specification or training in the subject work, project or product, to the extent established by this standard. Check out Qualified Course Professional Guidelines HERE.

Q: What is the difference between a certification and non-certification track training?

In short, skills verification is the primary difference. A certification track training means that after the training is completed, there is a written and practical test in order to verify skills and gain certification from Challenge Towers. Only a Professional Vendor Member, accredited by ACCT for Training/Certification, can conduct practitioner certifications that are recognized by the ACCT.

Q: Am I required to have my staff certified?

It depends. Some states and regions have industry-specific regulations. Some accreditation programs have specific criteria for training and/or certification. Some insurance companies have requirements for training/certification. It is clear that annual training delivered by a qualified person is required by many different standards and industry common practice. Whether or not to certify is a decision every organization must carefully make. Contact us today for help navigating the decision process.

Q: How long does certification last?

A Level 1 practitioner certification lasts for 1 year.  A Level 2 practitioner certification lasts for 3 years.  A Course Manager certification lasts for 5 years.