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About the PRCA:

History and Purpose for Ropes Course Standards and the creation of the Professional Ropes Course Association


The mission of the PRCA is to develop user friendly standards, ropes challenge course documents, and to define, document and outline the construction / operational practices for the Ropes Challenge Course, Zipline, and Aerial Adventure Parks industry. The documents of the PRCA may be used for education regarding course evaluations, insurance criteria, in-house training, inspections, installations, operations, and professional development to name a few.

Further, for the purpose of inclusiveness, in the designated American National Safety Standard ANSI 1.0-.3-2014, other industry standards have been reviewed and applicable portions have been adopted specifically for the use of the ropes challenge course industry; e.g. CEN standards, AS/NZ Standards, previous PRCA and ACCT standards, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Cordage Institute (CI). These standards are for educational use, construction resource for properly trained professionals, and to provide a venue for collaboration among challenge course practitioners.

The PRCA was created by ropes challenge course professionals for ropes challenge course professionals. It is a non-profit association comprised of a board of directors, peer reviewed vendors, organizational members, and individual members. Within the ropes challenge course industry, there has been a perceived need for an association and standards document that was reflective of a democratic process. To address this need and to strengthen the effectiveness of the PRCA standards, a solid representation within the ropes course industry was sought. By collaborating with other industry organizations and with the input of other industry leaders, a more inclusive situation has been achieved.

 In 2005, the Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA) became the first industry association to achieve the ANSI Accredited Standards Developer status and is quickly growing in membership. On March 3, 2014, ANSI designated the ANSI/PRCA 1.0-.3 2014 as the ANSI American National Safety Standard (ANS) for Challenge Courses, Ziplines, and Aerial Adventure Parks. The PRCA knows of no other complete ANS for these combined industry areas.  Accordingly, the ANSI Essential Requirements outline that no other conflicting or duplicating ANS should be allowed.



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