QCP Installer

Challenge Course operators often ask “can any of my in-house staff make repairs on my course”? The ACCT Qualified Course Professional (QCP) guidelines outline what it takes to be a qualified installer who works for a vendor (i.e. a PVM) installing and repairing challenge course facilities, and these guidelines are often used as a roadmap for organizations to determine how their maintenance staff compare. The standards are summarized below (please see the full QCP guidelines for more details):


  • maintenanceEach Installer shall meet the criteria listed below and shall have mastery of all the standards listed in the ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 Standards, Chapter 1: Design, Performance and Inspection Standards.
  • The qualified installer shall be a minimum of 21 years old
  • They must demonstrate skill, experience, and training to be considered a competent person with regard to worker safety and fall protection
  • They must have demonstrated the ability to install course elements in accordance with ACCT standards
  • They must understand and apply relevant regulations and standards, such as those from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), European Union (EU), or similar regulations and standards in other jurisdictions
  • They must demonstrate and in-depth knowledge of a wide variety of course designs, techniques, equipment, materials and systems
  • They must demonstrate the ability to execute worker rescue
  • They must demonstrate participation in ongoing professional development
  • They must fully understand the various challenge course elements they install or repair, including their operational procedures
  • They must have a minimum of 150 documented course builder days, assuming a minimum number of days (35) for each type of installation, such as trees, poles, indoor, steel structures, and/or specialty builds
  • They shall maintain ongoing documentation of installations completed