ACCT Rolls Out New Vendor Accreditation Program

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Adventure Park Insider—Boulder, Colo., July 10, 2024—The Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) is launching its new Vendor Accreditation program in July. To support the program, the association is also creating a new volunteer position of vendor auditor.

The Vendor Accreditation program has been in the works since April of last year and replaces the Professional Vendor Member (PVM) program. It aims to bring greater transparency and improved quality control to the accreditation process. Among the changes are a standardized audit process for applicants, a data-driven decision-making process, and stricter program enforcement to maintain vendor accreditation standards.

Many of the program changes are focused on the application process and requirements, but there are also differences in the reaccreditation process, disciplinary procedures, program oversight, confidentiality measures, and even document handling processes.

A comprehensive list of changes can be found on ACCT’s website.

To support the new program, ACCT has also consolidated its administrative and technical reviewer roles into what is now called a vendor auditor, a volunteer position (with reimbursement for expenses) that will play a role in the Vendor Accreditation review process.

More information about how to apply and the qualifications needed for the position is available on the ACCT website.

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Katie Brinton is a PSIA-E Development Team member and a staff trainer at Okemo Mountain Resort, Vt., where she grew up. She was named to the 2017 “10 Under 30” class for Adventure Park Insider's sister publication SAM (Ski Area Management). She is a freelance writer, and has written frequently for Adventure Park Insider and sister publication, SAM. Katie is currently a Master’s student at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.

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