Challenge Towers' Professional Development Series

Whether you're looking for training, professional development, or networking, our team has you covered.

Stay up-to-date with our latest event schedule below. 

ACCT Accredited

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Challenge Towers was one of the first Professional Vendor Members accredited by the Association for Challenge Course Technology and we offer a wide range of site specific and open enrollment trainings and practitioner certifications.  Challenge Towers trainings are tailored to your operation and instructed by passionate and experienced educators.

What Will I Learn?

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Course material will vary from event to event, covering topics ranging from: Low Ropes - permanent and portable initiatives, High Ropes, Zip Lines, Giant Swings, specialty events, Climbing Walls, Facilitation skills, Advanced & Emerging Technologies, and Basic & Advanced Rescue Systems.

What Can I Expect?

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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.

Upcoming Workshops

Challenge Course Manager Certification

The Challenge Course Manager Certification is for experienced challenge course professionals with management and administrative responsibilities. Learn from industry experts including lawyers, insurance brokers, and human resource managers on a variety of topics like outdoor recreation law, liability insurance, risk management systems, course and gear inspections, and more. Gain valuable insight to help your aerial adventure business thrive.

 

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Course Manager Open Enrollment Training - Full Certification

Dates: December 2nd - December 5th, 2019 (last day is test day)

Registration Deadline: November 18th, 2019

Location: Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, NC

Topics: This training is geared towards gaining conceptual knowledge that is broadly applicable to a variety of different course designs and operating systems from an Administrative and Management position.  We will be using Chapter 2 Operations Standards, Section A and B of the ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 Challenge Course and Canopy /Zip Line Tours Standards.  The training will utilize a blend of instructional formats including group discussion, demonstrations, document review, video. There will be 6 hours of online content prior to attendance.

  • Professional Guest Speakers such as Lawyers, Insurance Brokers, HR Management, etc.
  • Outdoor Recreation Law
  • Liability Insurance
  • Risk Management System
  • Record Keeping 
  • Course and Gear Inspections
  • Human Resource Management
  • In-House Training Considerations
  • Marketing 

Who: Course managers, owners, and operators.  This training will culminate in a Course Manger Certification with successful completion of the course and exam.

Price: 

  • Training & Test - $895 (excludes food and lodging)
  • Training Only - $695 (excludes food and lodging)                                                                                                                 

Lodging Available: $45/night (dorm/hotel style room) at the Blue Ridge Assembly

Prerequisites:             

  • Must be 21 years or older to test for certification
  • Level 2 Practitioner Certification (or 110 hrs training and 30 hrs of managerial training delivered by a Qualified Course Professional)
  • Submit portfolio documenting 500+ hrs experience
  • Required text: Current edition of the ANSI/ACCT Standards (digital or paper copy)
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Rope Access Workshop

The Rope Access Workshop is geared towards challenge course professionals with a strong technical background in rope work. This course will be especially helpful for those needing to access elevated structures for installation, inspection, and maintenance. We have taken SPRAT/IRATA rope access techniques and distilled them down to best suit our industry’s needs. You will learn the fundamentals of working on a two rope system, advanced rope maneuvers, advanced rescue techniques, and much more. Trainees should be competent in routine rope work and rescues in a challenge course environment.

 

Rope Access Workshop

Dates: December 4th - December 6th, 2019

Registration Deadline: November 19th, 2019

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 Workshop

The Fundamentals of Inspection Workshop is for those looking to gain more knowledge to be effective inspectors and stewards of their challenge courses, aerial parks, or zip line/canopy tours. Whether you're looking for an opportunity to gain continuing education units (CEUs) for your ACCT In-House Inspector Certification, prepare for a ACCT ICE exam, or are just wanting to increase your inspection knowledge base in general; this is the workshop for you. Come learn from Challenge Towers' Director of Inspection and other professional level certified inspectors.

 

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Fundamentals of Inspection Workshop

Dates: December 9th - December 11th, 2019

Registration Deadline: November 24th, 2019

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

Workshop Offerings

Check back for future dates or contact us to let us know you're interested!

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Level 1 or 2 Practitioner Certification

Properly trained staff are essential to your risk management program. Challenge Towers' trainers travel throughout the U.S. and abroad to deliver high quality and engaging curriculum for you and your staff.  We help trainees gain conceptual knowledge applicable to your site specific procedures and practices and technical skills that support sound risk management policy.

Our work with businesses and organizations in more than 30 states allows us to keep you current with evolving standards and best practices for a range of facilities large and small. Our trainings are built on a foundation of ACCT Standards and extend to include practical information about implementation and compliance with ANSI/ASSE Z359 fall protection code and OSHA guidelines for staff working at-height.

 

Level 1 and Level 2 Open Enrollment Training - Full Certification

Dates: To Be Announced

Registration Deadline: To Be Announced

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

Topics: This training is geared towards gaining conceptual knowledge that is broadly applicable to a variety of different course designs and operating systems.  We will be using Chapter 2 Operation Standards, Section C of the ANSI/ACCT 03-2019 Challenge Course and Canopy/Zip Line Tours Standards.  The training will last up to 40 hours over 5 days with an additional 1 day for testing and will utilize demonstrations, manuals and standards review, hands-on application, and discussions.

Operations and Systems:

  • Low Ropes - Permanent and Portable Initiatives
  • High Ropes - Traditional Static, Dynamic Systems
  • Zip Lines, Giant Swings
  • Climbing Wall and Universal Belay Standards
  • Advanced and Emerging Technologies - Powerfan Free Fall Device, DEUS Controlled Descent Device, ALF Auto-Locking Climb Assist Pulley
  • Basic and Advanced Rescue Systems
  • Course Inspections and Inspection Intervals
ACCT Standards:
  • Core Competencies
  • Technical Competencies - General, Spotted Challenge Course Activities, Activities Using Life Safety Systems
  • Facilitation Competencies - Communication, Program Design, Assessment, Program Implementation
Equipment:
  • Traditional Participant Set Ups - Static & Dynamic PPE
  • Emerging Changes in the Industry of PPE
  • Staff PPE - ANSI/OSHA Compliance
  • Smart Belay Systems
  • PPE Inspections and Manufacturer Requirements / Recommendations

Who: Course industry operators, new and experienced, looking to boost their professional development.  This training will culminate a L1 or L2 Certification with successful completion of the course and exam.

Price: 

  • $900

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

Level 1 Prerequisites:             

  • Minimum age of 18
  • No prior experience necessary

Level 2 Prerequisites:            

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Required to submit portfolio documenting 200 hrs as a Level 1 Practitioner

View the Full List of Certification Requirements

Advanced Rescue Workshop

The Advanced Rescue Workshop focuses solely on rescue systems. This training will provide hands-on experience with a variety of rescue kits, equipment, and opportunities to practice and gain knowledge on non-routine rescue scenarios. Earn up to 21 Inspection CEUs with this training. Whether you are an experienced course operator, an inspector or a builder, go beyond the basics and be prepared for the unexpected.

 

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Advanced Rescue Workshop

Dates: To Be Announced

Registration Deadline: To Be Announced

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

Low Ropes Certification

With a focus on facilitation competencies, this Low Ropes Open Enrollment will dive into portable team building activities, fixed low elements, and propless initiatives. This training returns to the foundational understanding of the philosophies that have built our industry and Challenge Towers provides the right learning environment for articulating these elements.

 

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Low Ropes Open Enrollment Training – Spotted Activities Certification

Location: Blowing Rock Conference Center, Blowing Rock, NC

Topics: This training focuses on concepts like Stages of Group Dynamics, Challenge by Choice philosophy, the Experiential Model and a hard look at the ACCT facilitator competencies and spotted activities competencies.

  • Low Ropes
  • Permanent and Portable Initiatives
  • Facilitation Competencies and Skills
  • Experiential Education Concepts

Who: New and experienced, teachers or group leaders, looking to boost their professional development within the Low Ropes activities realm.  This training will culminate in a L1 or L2 Spotted Activities Certification with successful completion of the course and exam.

Price: 

  • $600 (excludes food and lodging)

Lodging Available: $30/night (dorm/hotel style room) at the Blowing Rock Conference Center – upon availability

Level 1 Prerequisites:            

  • Minimum age of 18
  • No prior experience necessary

Level 2 Prerequisites:            

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Required to submit portfolio documenting 200 hrs as a Level 1 Practitioner
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High Ropes Certification

The High Ropes Open Enrollment training is for new and experienced course operators looking to gain more conceptual knowledge with various at-height operations and equipment. Learn techniques and tools for applying the current ACCT standards to your high elements by getting hands on experience with traditional high ropes and some of the new emerging technologies in our industry.

 

High Ropes Open Enrollment Training – High Activities Certification

Location: Blowing Rock Conference Center, Blowing Rock, NC

Topics: Prioritize reviewing ACCT standards to better equip participants on application within their site for the High Activities.  Challenge Towers makes a point to exceed standards.  Challenge Towers has access to a large variety of equipment and elements ranging from traditional systems to the new technologies being introduced to the industry.

  • High Ropes
  • Zip Lines
  • Giant Swings
  • Climbing Wall
  • High Activities
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Advanced & Emerging Technologies
  • Basic & Advanced Rescue Systems

Who: Course industry operators, new and experienced, looking to boost their professional development.  This training will culminate in a L1 or L2 High Activities Only Certification with successful completion of the course and exam.

Price: 

  • $750 (excludes food and lodging)

Lodging Available: $30/night (dorm/hotel style room) at the Blowing Rock Conference Center – upon availability

Level 1 Prerequisites:            

  • Minimum age of 18
  • No prior experience necessary

Level 2 Prerequisites:            

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Required to submit portfolio documenting 200 hrs as a Level 1 Practitioner

Certification Requirements

Download the Challenge Towers ACCT Certification Matrix and learn more about the requirement and competencies for Level 1, Level 2, and Challenge Course Manager.

Questions? Visit our FAQ page for more information. Don't see your question? Drop us a line and we will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have. Or give us a call at 828-759-5282

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