The Association for Challenge Course Technology is a non-profit trade organization serving challenge course professionals worldwide. This association serves to promote the use of challenge courses and to set minimum standards for challenge course installation, operation, and inspection. Although originally founded by vendors, ACCT members now include aerial adventure park, challenge course and zip line/canopy tour managers, facilitators, guides, owners and operators. The ACCT has been setting challenge course standards since 1993, and is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a standards developer. ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 Challenge Course and Canopy/Zip Line Tour Standard received final approval January 11, 2016 from the ANSI Board of Standards Review. It is now an Approved American National Standard (ANS)
Based on extensive discussions with representatives from all segments of business and industry, ACCT has identified the following potential benefits of Inspector Certification:
- Fewer accidents, injuries, and fatalities
- Reduced risk of loss
- Assurance of inspector abilities
- Improved safety records and increased focus on risk management
- Enhanced public image of challenge course industry
- Accommodation of the growing demands within North America for Inspector Certification
Individuals wishing to become a certified inspector by ACCT must fulfill a number of requirements including the successful completion of a written examination. Additional requirements can be found on our eligibility page.
ACCT has set the timeline for renewal to every two years with a re-examination interval of every 4 years to ensure that certified inspectors maintain a base knowledge of relevant changes to industry standards (ACCT, ASTM, CWA, COPE, ERCA, OSHA, etc.) such as new equipment, common risk management practices and current fall arrest requirements under law. This also serves to help members keep pace with our fast growing and evolving industry.