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

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.

 

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Level 1 and Level 2 Open Enrollment Training - Full Certification

Dates: April 8-13, 2019

Location: Blowing Rock Conference Center, 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 03-2016 Challenge Course and Canopy/Zip Line Tours Standards.

  • Low Ropes - Permanent and Portable Initiatives
  • High Ropes
  • Zip Lines, Giant Swings, Specialty Events
  • Climbing Wall
  • 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 a L1 or L2 Certification with successful completion of the course and exam.

Price: 

  • $900 (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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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.

 

Course Manager Open Enrollment Training - Full Certification

Dates: March 5-8, 2019

*will include 6 hours of online content prior to attendance.

Location: Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, NC

Topics: Chapter 2 Operations Standards, Section A and B of the ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 Challenge Course and Canopy /Zip Line Tours Standards. 

  • 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
  • Training Only - $695                                                                                                                    *does not include food or 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)

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

Dates: March 12-15, 2019

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

Dates: March 18-22, 2019

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

Advanced Rescue Workshop

The Advanced Rescue Workshop focuses solely on rescues from high courses, both traditional high ropes and commercial aerial parks.  This training will provide hands on experience with a variety of rescue kits and opportunities to practice and gain knowledge on non-routine rescue scenarios for the experienced course operator.

 

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Advanced Rescue Workshop

Dates: April 24-26, 2019

Location: Blowing Rock Conference Center, Blowing Rock, NC

Topics: Gaining perspective on the myriad of rescue systems in the challenge course and aerial park industry. We will look at how to choose the best kit for your site based on your staff, budget, course, etc. Experience a wide variety of rescue kits hands on.

  • Petzl JAG Rescue Kit
  • Traditional Rescue Kits
  • Non-Routine Rescue Scenarios
  • Pick Off Rescues
  • Zipline Rescues
  • Aerial Adventure Park Rescues
  • Traditional High Ropes Course Rescues

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

Price: 

  • $450 (excludes food and lodging)

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

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Rope Access Training

The Rope Access Open Enrollment training 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 Open Enrollment Training

Dates: March 13-15, 2019

Location: Blowing Rock Conference Center, Blowing Rock, NC

Topics: Challenge Towers has integrated double rope SPRAT/IRATA style systems into our company culture. We have learned the benefit and safety aspects through that process and want to help advance the challenge course industry in rope systems that are time tested and trusted in the greater work-at-height industry.

  • Inspection & Maintenance Access
  • SPRAT Techniques
  • Rope Access Procedures

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

Price: 

  • $450 (excludes food and lodging)

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

Requirements: ANSI/OSHA compliant PPE for working at-height

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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