Challenge Course professionals often ask “what makes for a qualified trainer”? The ACCT Qualified Course Professional (QCP) guidelines outline what it takes to be a qualified trainer who works for a vendor (i.e. a PVM), and these guidelines are often used as a roadmap for organizations to determine how their training staff compare. The standards are summarized below (please see the full QCP guidelines for more details):
- Each Certification Trainer/Tester shall meet the criteria listed below and shall have mastery of all the standards listed in the ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 Standards, Chapter 2: Section B: Operations Management and Section C: Staff Competencies
- Practitioners shall posses a great depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding, and skill. They shall have significant program delivery experience and well-developed teaching and testing skills. These include using appropriate teaching progressions and strategies, modeling leadership techniques, and managing risk for certification candidates during hands-on learning experiences.
There are three levels of Certification Trainer/Tester. Each advancing level of qualification requires and equally advancing level of expertise, training, and experience.
- The Certification Trainer/Tester shall be a minimum of 21 years old.
- Provide documentation of trainings attended (as a participant), which may include conference workshops and relevant college courses.
- Level 1: 120 cumulative hours
- Level 2: 160 cumulative hours
- Course Manager: 200 cumulative hours (must include hours specific to management skills)
- Have 800 hours of documented course program delivery experience. Course Manager Certification Trainer/Tester shall have an additional 600 hours of experience in tasks specific to course management, for a total of 1400 hours of experience.
- Provide documentation of experience delivering training to practitioners:
- Level 1: 280 hours
- Level 2: 500 hours
- Course Manager: 800 hours, including 60 specific to the course manager, and may be accrued in the management of a training program
- Be able to mentor and train practitioners and other trainers
- Be able to execute appropriate high course rescues and train others
- Be able to perform self-belayed climbing and train others
- Further the level of scope of practice in the industry by doing things such as: training practitioners, continuing direct program delivery to clients, publishing articles or books, presenting workshops at conferences, serving on committees or filling leadership roles in professional organizations, and adding to his/her own level of expertise by attending conferences and trainings.
- To maintain qualification as a Certification Trainer/Tester, the practitioner shall document 300 hours of experience delivering training to others; 80 hours of additional, relevant training completed within the previous three (3) years; and evidence of efficacy as a trainer (such as attending conference workshops, taking relevant college courses, delivering professional presentations, writing and publishing, training with other training organizations, and in-house training participation).