Advanced Technical Skills

This workshop combines content from the Technical Skills Intensive and Advanced Skills and Standards models. This abbreviated four-day training is customized to participants needs. Practitioners need to have prior introductory skills training and experience working on a course. This workshop is ideal for practitioners looking to expand their technical knowledge and take their skill set to the next level. A perfect opportunity to learn and practice the skills and knowledge needed before taking the Practitioner Certification Level 1 or Level 2 exams. The content will be drawn from the list below but will be tailored to the needs and skill set of participants. 

Participants will:

  • Build on existing skills in knot-tying, belaying and belay team management, spotting, and general facilitation of low and high challenge course elements.
  • Develop proficiency with multiple belaying techniques and the ability to instruct and supervise others in the correct use of these techniques.
  • 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).
  • Learn and practice self-belayed climbing and other methods of course access as well as descending techniques.
  • Learn more advanced challenge course set-up and take-down procedures including gear retrieval and demonstrate the ability to establish a belay system utilizing pulleys, shear reduction devices, and appropriate connectors and anchorages.
  • Learn Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for a variety of high and low challenge course elements including more advanced high element SOPs for Zip Wire, Flying Squirrel, Swingshot and low element SOPs for swinging and cabled elements, the 12’ Initiative Wall, and the Trust Fall.
  • Review industry norms and standards (e.g., Massachusetts DPS & other state regulations, ACCT standards) and gain an understanding of basic risk management concerns relative to challenge course operations.
  • 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.
  • Show a working knowledge of challenge course structural components (e.g., bolts, cable, and rapid links) and demonstrate an understanding of the basics for inspecting their challenge course.
  • Learn and practice high element course rescue techniques including belay escapes, assisted hoists and cutaway rescues on a variety of elements and operating systems.

Workshop Information:

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

How to Register:

  • Online:
  • Phone:  (800) 468-8898 or (978) 524-4555
  • Email:
  • 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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