Industry Participation


Program managers and facilitators should consider becoming members of the following organizations. These organizations have been at the forefront of developing and maintaining policies and procedures for challenge courses, climbing gyms and zip line design, construction and installation; equipment use, storage and retirement; as well as staff training and supervision. All of the organizations below maintain a membership and distribute a newsletter or written standards to all members.ESIbuilds, trains and inspects to the standards set by these organizations and many others.


Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT)

Challenge Course Builders, Challenge Course Managers and Facilitators

ACCT is the largest and oldest trade association serving the challenge course community and has been at the forefront in the development of written standards and guidelines for the construction, operation, inspection, training, and certification of challenge courses high and low, indoors and out. ACCT is an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) and publishes a newsletter, offers an annual conference, and accredits challenge course builders and training organizations.  ACCT can be contacted at:


P.O. Box 47

Deerfield, IL 60015-0047

(800) 991-0286


ASTM International

Commercial and Amusement Applications of Challenge Course Technology – Manufacturing, Inspection and Operation

ASTM International is the largest standard setting organization in the United States. The F24 Amusement Ride and Device Committee has a variety of standards applicable to ropes courses, zip lines, aerial adventure courses and canopy tours. The F24.60 Participant Directed Rides and Devices Sub-Committee is currently developing a draft standard for Aerial Adventure Courses and Zip Lines. This standard will be adopted as law in most states for challenge courses that are engaged in Pay to Play, commercial and amusement applications. Organizations operating in one of these manners should follow the development of this standard or become involved in the development of this standard.


ASTM International- Headquarters

100 Barr Harbor Drive

West Conshohocken, PA 19428

(610) 832-9719


Climbing Wall Association (CWA)
Artificial Climbing Wall and Hold Manufacturers and Climbing Gym/Walls Owners and Operators

The goal of CWA is to promote safety of climbing through education, testing, research and standards for design, inspection and training. CWA resources include the CWA Standards, a strength-testing project for climbing hold manufacturers, Annual Climbing Wall Summit, Managers Symposium, Climbing Wall Instructors Certification and networking meetings at outdoor retailer trade shows.  The Climbing Wall Association can be contacted at:

Climbing Wall Association
1460 Lee Hill Rd., Unit 2

Boulder, CO 80304-0870

(720) 838-8284