Training and Inspection
As a European Association, ERCA formulates safety standards for ropes courses. The overall aim of the Association is to enhance the quality and safety of ropes courses. Many members are experts in the ropes course industry (i.e. construction firms, inspectors, operators and trainers). For years, ERCA has been actively involved in important committees to advance professional practice, such as the development of a European Norm for ropes courses.
ERCA’s longstanding active involvement in safety aspects and the nature and quality of its membership means that ERCA combines an established professional structure and wide-ranging expertise in the ropes course field. ERCA is therefore in a strong position to develop and successfully implement a high quality certification process across different areas of expertise in the ropes course industry.
ERCA certified Inspection Bodies
An important part of ensuring that ropes courses are technically and operationally safe is that qualified inspection bodies carry out a standardised inspection process. This is why ERCA has developed a certification process for inspection bodies. For the first time, ropes course operators will be in the position to have their ropes courses checked by an ERCA certified inspection body, as an inaugural safety inspection or as an recurring safety inspection process once the ropes course is operational.
ERCA certified Training Bodies
In addition ERCA has certified training bodies carrying out training courses for ropes course instructors according to the ERCA standards. Instructors who passed a training course succesfully will receive an ERCA certificate.