The Northwest TeamBuilding and Signature training team offers three types of training that support the effective and efficient implementation of challenge course and aerial adventure operations. We adhere to the training and certification guidelines contained in the ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 Standard.
The ACCT Standards serve as the foundational framework for our basic and advanced training workshops. Our hybrid training methods blend online and in-person instruction that accelerates skills, practices and habits of mind.
Our staff will come to your site where a custom-tailored training can be provided based on the ACCT standards and our own 30 years of delivering direct program to adult and youth populations. We have site-specific clients across the country.
Continuous improvement is a best practice. We intentionally support the growth of our trainers and practitioners through on-going educational events throughout the year. Check out our workshops and sign up soon. Spots fill quickly!
Northwest TeamBuilding (NWTB) is an accredited Professional Vendor Member (PVM) of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). As an accredited PVM, we function as a certifying body which permits our qualified trainer/testers to administer training and certification services in accordance with the ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 Standard.
The ACCT accreditation process means that NWTB has been peer-reviewed by third party industry professionals to verify our capability to deliver quality training and certification services to clients.
Additionally, we offer more advanced training and professional development in specialty areas including in-house train-the-trainer, social-emotional learning and visual facilitation techniques. See our workshop description pages for more details.
The ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 Standard designates three (3) practitioner levels which we use as the foundational framework for our training program.
This entry level training requires no previous experience on challenge courses and is designed for the novice. Participants will learn activities and inititiatives, technical skills, program models and facilitation techniques based on adventure theory and industry best practices gained over the past fifty years. At the conclusion, practitioners will be able to facilitate low and high elements under the supervision of a qualified person.
This advanced level training is designed for experienced practitioners. Topics are examined and analyzed in more depth; special attention is paid to studying leadership as a course professional and developing competencies around non-routine situations such as rescues, course evacuation and emergency procedures. At the conclusion, practitioners will be able to operate low and high element programs independent of direct supervision.
Course Manager Training helps senior leaders and managers responsible for human resources, administration, planning and supervising course operations. This is an in-depth study of Section B of the ANSI/ACCT 03-2016 Standard. Additionally, we frame this training using our Five P Formula: philosophy, people, program, plans and progress. At the conclusion, practitioners will have the tools to successfully manage low and high element programs/facilities.
For information on our online course manager training ask about our Adventure Program Manager 2.0 Training.
In 2007, ACCT published the Practitioner Certification Standards which have served as a guidepost for organizations who wish to excel in program delivery by having well-trained, experienced and credentialed staff.
In order to earn certification, candidates must meet the qualifications below and:
Northwest TeamBuilding focuses on providing "full certification" for our open-enrollment ACCT training courses. Full certification means both spotted activities (typically low elements) and activities using life-safety systems (typically belayed, high elements).