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Training Matters!

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.

Training Services Overview

Accredited Practitioner Training: Level I & II, Course Manager

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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.

Site-Specific Training: We Come to Your Course

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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.

Professional Development Workshops

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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!

ACCT Training Summary

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.

Summary of ACCT Practitioner Levels

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Basic Skills Training

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.

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Advanced Skills Training

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.

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Course Manager Training

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. 

Certification Summary

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:


  1. Pass a written exam by scoring at least 80%, and
  2. Demonstrate mastery of skills during a hands-on, practical exam.


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).

Qualifications to Receive Certification

LEVEL I (Basic Skills) 

  • Be at least 18 years of age to receive certification.
  • Receive 40 hours of initial training by a qualified person (for Full certification).
  • Demonstrate and have knowledge of challenge course topics listed in the Operation Standard, Section C including core, technical and facilitation competencies.
  • Certifications are valid for one (1) year.


LEVEL II (Advanced Skills)

  • Be at least 18 years of age to receive certification.
  • Receive 80 hours of training (40 hours initial and 40 hours advanced) by a qualified person (for Full certification).
  • Demonstrate and have knowledge of challenge course topics listed in the Operation Standard, Section C. Level II staff must possess knowledge and skills to solve most non-routine situations and provide leadership to less experienced and knowledgeable staff.
  • Submit a portfolio that documents at least 200 hours of program experience working on a challenge course.
  • Certifications are valid for three (3) years.


COURSE MANAGER LEVEL

  • Be at least 21 years of age to receive certification.
  • Possess 80 hours of basic and advanced training by a qualified person (for Full certification).
  • Receive additional 30 hours of management training by a qualified person (for Full certification).
  • Demonstrate and have knowledge of challenge course topics listed in the Operation Standard, Section B and C.
  • Submit a portfolio that documents at least 500 hours of work experience such as facilitation, program coordination, administration and supervision.
  • Certifications are valid for five (5) years.

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