Eligibility

THE INSPECTOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAM was created by the Association for Challenge Course Technology and has continued to develop to address both national and international regulatory demands. ACCT offers two tracks for Certification: In-House Inspector and Professional Inspector. Certifications are valid for two years. Inspectors must present documentation of a minimum of 32 relevant continuing education hours every two years for renewal and re-take the written exam every four years for the level at which they seek to maintain certification.

This certification will not supersede any state or provincial law that requires third-party independent inspection, insurance requirements for such, or any de facto standard (ex. ISO that requires additional duties be performed or documented by inspection body).

The In-House Operator Inspector Certification (hereinafter known as the “In-House Inspector Certification”) is designed for those individuals who perform the Operator Operational Inspections for their own organizations as described in the ANSI-ACCT 03-2016 Standard, Chapter 1, Section B.1.3. (daily, monthly and quarterly in-house physical and operational inspections). An In-House inspector by definition is not a Professional Third Party Inspector. ACCT standards require an annual inspection by an outside qualified third party.

The Third-Party Professional Inspector Certification (hereinafter known as the “Professional Inspector Certification”) is designed for the individual working for a legally licensed business that is properly insured to offer professional inspections as described in the ANSI-ACCT 03-2016 Standard, Chapter 1, Section B.1.2. and Section C of the Qualified Course Professional Guidelines (QCP).

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for all certification levels, for both In-House Inspector and Professional Inspector, certification candidates must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Meet minimum experience requirements for providing inspections as outlined in C.1 through C.2 .10 of the Qualified Course Professional Guidelines (QCP) Inspectors section. (C2.7 and C2.8 are waived for In-House inspectors)
  • Meet visual requirements (pass eye exam with a visual acuity of J2 or better)
  • Pass written examination(s)
  • Comply with ACCT Code of Ethics
  • Appropriate level of Liability Insurance

All test applicants must provide proof of employment (via signed Supervisor’s Endorsement) and proper insurance (e.g. of appropriate level) for inspection services. See below for specific category requirements:

In-House Inspector:  In-House applicant must provide certificate of insurance showing General Liability policy of $1,000,000.00 minimum coverage.

Third-Party Professional Inspector:  Third-Party Professional applicant must provide certificate of insurance showing Professional Liability of $1,000,000.00 minimum coverage. Professional services covered by the Professional Liability policy must be listed in the description of operations of the certificate of insurance. Professional services must include inspections.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Level 1 Traditional Challenge Course Structures

Applicants must have verifiable documentation of a minimum of one (1) year of professional employment within the past three (3) years; directly related to challenge courses, aerial adventure courses, zip lines and/or related structures and systems.

Experience Requirements for Level 1 In-House Operator Inspector Certification:

  • 200 days of documented employment in the Challenge Course / Aerial Adventure Park or Zip Line industry within the past 36 months
  • A minimum of 40 hours of training from a qualified third party covering challenge course operations, maintenance and inspections.

Experience Requirements for Level 1 Professional Inspector Certification:

  • Minimum of 365 days of documented employment in the Challenge Course / Aerial Adventure Park or Zip Line industry within the past 36 months
  • Minimum of 150 lifetime builder days (or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 12 third party inspections conducted under the supervision of a qualified inspector

Level 2 Advanced Certification

In additional to traditional challenge course structures, Level 2 includes commercial grade operations and/or structures using mechanical systems such as hydraulics, pneumatics, compression or resistance, electricity and/or magnetics.

Experience Requirements for Level 2 In-House Inspector Certification:

  • Minimum of 365 days of documented employment in the Challenge Course / Aerial Adventure Park or Zip Line industry within the past 60 months
  • Minimum of at least 40 hours of training from a qualified third party covering challenge course operations, maintenance and inspections

Experience Requirements for Level 2 Professional Inspector Certification:

  • Minimum of 1,095 days of documented professional employment in the industry within the past 60 months, directly related to challenge courses, aerial adventure courses and /or zip lines or related structures; incorporating the afore mentioned mechanical systems
  • Minimum of 150 lifetime builder days (or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 12 third party inspections conducted under the supervision of a qualified inspector

In-House or Professional Supervisor Endorsement

Applicant must meet the requirements for Level 1 and / or Level 2 Certification. Applicant must also provide documented proof of employment as an In-House or Professional Inspector, including signed documentation from their supervisor that the applicant meets the requirements for both the Level and the Endorsement being sought.

WRITTEN REQUIREMENTS

The ACCT Inspector Certification written examination(s) consists of a core examination and specialty exams for the Level 2 and Supervisor Endorsements.

CODE OF ETHICS FOR CERTIFIED INSPECTORS

ACCT Certified Inspectors must comply with ACCT Code of Ethics during their certification as set forth below:

  • Be free of bias with regards to religion, ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, and disability
  • Place the safety and well-being of users and workers associated with challenge course operations above all other considerations
  • Protect nearby general public property and the environment
  • Alert management of any safety concerns relating to the inspection being performed
  • Will not knowingly violate safety related regulations, warnings, or instructions set forth by OSHA or other relevant Government Safety Standards
  • Will not misrepresent or knowingly deceive others concerning their experience or capabilities in conducting challenge course inspections
  • Will not misrepresent or misuse their certification card or the ACCT logo, both of which are the property of ACCT; the inspector must return the card to ACCT immediately if required to do so
  • Follow all other aspects of the ACCT Code of Ethics.

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ACCT Inspector Certification Refund Policy

 

An inspector certification applicant is responsible to read the eligibility requirements for the categories and levels of certification before applying for a specific inspector certification exam/s. Should the Inspector Certification Panel review the applicant’s submitted eligibility documents and determine that the requirements have not been met to sit for the exam, there will be no Application fee refunded.

No refund of Exam fees will be extended for any reason, to include medical, family emergencies or weather conditions. Any exemption request shall be submitted in writing to the Operations Department for consideration. Should an exemption be approved and a refund be awarded, a $50 administrative fee will be retained.

If a testing event has limited seating, seating reservations will be based on the submission of a completed and approved eligibility file. If seating is not available upon the completion and approval of your file, a refund will be awarded minus a $50 administrative fee.

There will be no refund issued for a cancelled Certification Renewal Request fee or cancelled Certification Transfer fee.

The ACCT Inspector Certification program will not issue credit to be held for a future event.

The Inspector Certification Prep Course will be subject to the same cancellation/refund policy in effect for the ACCT conference registration.