Advanced Skills & Standards


This workshop is the premier technical workshop in the field created to update the advanced practitioner or build the skills of the intermediate technical participant. It is an opportunity to fine-tune one’s critical skills and practice the rescue of people. An ideal opportunity to learn and practice the skills and knowledge needed before taking the Practitioner Certification Level 2 exam. 

Participants will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the risk management impacts of PA’s core foundational concepts (e.g., Challenge by Choice, Full Value Contract, GRABBSS) and learn leadership skills necessary to supervise a challenge course program.
  • Be introduced to a variety of PA elements and equipment and review current challenge course industry norms and standards including state regulations, and Association for Challenge Course (ACCT) standards.
  • Review the applications, storage, cleaning and retirement for a variety of equipment including harnesses, helmets, carabiners and other connectors, belay devices, ropes, self-belay lanyards and belay set-ups (pulleys, SRDs).
  • Tie and utilize a variety of knots (foundational, intermediate and advanced) used in various applications on the challenge course.
  • Be able to demonstrate proficiency with multiple belaying techniques and be able to instruct and supervise others in the correct use of these techniques.
  • Show a working knowledge of challenge course structural components (e.g., bolts, cable, and rapid links) and knowledge of in-house inspection of your challenge course.
  • Learn and practice high element course rescue techniques including belay escapes, assisted hoists and cutaway rescues.

Workshop Information:

  • $755 – Includes registration, workshop manual and lunch during workshop.
  • Number of days: 4
  • Workshop hours: 8:30am-5:00pm
  • Graduate credit: 2 or 4
  • CEUs: 4.0

How to Register:

  • Online:
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  • Phone:  (800) 468-8898 or (978) 524-4555
  • Email:  registration@pa.org
  • Fax:  Download a workshop registration form and fax to 978-524-4501. NOTE: You must have Acrobat Reader to access this file. If you do not, you can download it for free from Adobe’s website.
  • Please register at least two weeks prior to the start date. Are you waiting for approval to attend or can’t commit with a payment at this time? No worries, we still want to hear from you! Call or email us and we can put you on the waiting list.

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