Challenge Towers Offers Professional Development Trainings


Challenge Towers is offering professional development training opportunities this spring. The hands-on courses, taking place in Blowing Rock, N.C., focus on facilitation and aerial operations.

The courses include:

Low Ropes Spotted Activities Certification

March 12-15, 2019

For new and experienced teachers or group leaders looking to boost their professional development. With a focus on facilitation competencies, this course reviews portable team building activities, fixed low elements, and propless initiatives, and provides a foundational understanding of the philosophies that have built the industry.

This training focuses on concepts including

  • stages of group dynamics
  • challenge by choice philosophy
  • the experiential model
  • ACCT facilitator competencies and spotted activities competencies

Rope Access Training

March 13-15, 2019

This course is geared toward challenge course professionals with a strong technical background in rope work. It explores inspection and maintenance access, SPRAT techniques, and rope access procedures. This course will be especially helpful for those needing to access elevated structures for installation, inspection, and maintenance. 

High Ropes Certification

March 18-22,2019

Open to course operators both new and experienced. This course reviews ACCT standards to better equip participants on applications within their site for high activities. Equipment and elements range from traditional systems to new technologies being introduced to the industry, including zip lines, giant swings, and climbing walls. Course covers facilitation skills and both basic and advanced rescue systems.

  • high ropes
  • zip lines
  • giant swings
  • climbing wall
  • high activities
  • facilitation skills
  • advanced & emerging technologies
  • basic & advanced rescue systems

Level 1 & Level 2 Practitioner Certification

April 8-13, 2019

This training is designed for both new and experienced course operators who wish to gain conceptual knowledge of the ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 Challenge Course and Canopy/Zip Line Tours Standards. This knowledge is broadly applicable to a variety of different course designs and operating systems. Training extends to practical information about implementation and compliance with ANSI/ASSE Z359 fall protection code and OSHA guidelines for staff working at-height.

Advanced Rescue Workshop

April 24-26, 2019

This course, for experienced challenge course professionals, helps participants gain perspective on the myriad rescue systems employed in the challenge course and aerial park industry.

This course looks at how to choose the best kit for your site based on your staff, budget, course, etc. Experience a wide variety of rescue kits hands on:

  • Petzl JAG Rescue Kit
  • traditional rescue kits
  • non-routine rescue scenarios
  • pickoff rescues
  • zip line rescues
  • aerial adventure park rescues
  • traditional high ropes rescues

For information on pricing, lodging, and prerequisites and to enroll, visit Challenge Towers.


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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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