ACCT Gains Approval for ANSI Standard


The ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 Challenge Course and Canopy/Zip Line Tour Standards received final approval from the ANSI Board of Standards Review on Jan. 11 and is now an American National Standard. ACCT plans to publish the new standard ahead of ACCT’s annual conference and exposition Jan. 28-31 in Lost Pines, Texas.

The ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 publication will also include definitions, appendices, and practitioner certification as informative chapters of the standard. This publication will be the 9th edition of standards that the ACCT has published. “It is common for ANSI standards to include informative material that is not a normative part of the standard,” said ACCT chairwoman Micah Henderson.

The standard document will be available in PDF form only, and it will be mobile-friendly, Henderson said. Members of the ACCT will receive their copies immediately on the release date. ACCT has scheduled multiple workshops at the upcoming conference to inform and answer questions about the new standard.

ANSI accreditation provides a stamp of approval regarding the process that was followed to develop the standard. This validation provides operators, builders, and others who use the standard with enhanced confidence in the quality of the standard, according to ACCT.

In addition, approval of ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 gives regulators and authorities having jurisdiction an additional resource for developing rules and regulations for aerial parks and courses. Other resources include the ASTM F2959-14 standard, which is aimed at commercial parks only, and ANSI 1.0-.3-2014, which was spearheaded by the Professional Ropes Course Association.

The ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 standard will be available for purchase online at or by calling the ACCT office at (800) 991-0286 after the release date. The standard can be purchased individually, or as a benefit provided with membership to the trade association. “This is just another great benefit for our existing members, and it is our hope that more people will join and contribute to our ACCT community,” said Henderson.

For more information, see the official announcement at


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Sarah Borodaeff is the former research editor for Adventure Park Insider magazine and current freelance contributor. A professional ski bum and former zip guide, Sarah enjoys any excuse to talk about outdoor adventures.

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