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PRCA: Professional Ropes Course Association

PRCA, the Professional Ropes Course Association is a nonprofit association that supports the development and regulation of the ropes challenge course, canopy zip lines, and aerial adventure parks industry. Established in 2003, the PRCA has many accomplishments including industry insurance programs, becoming the first ANSI Accredited Standards Developer for the industry in 2005 and having the first ANSI designated comprehensive industry safety standards. Standards from PRCA are available both individually, directly through the ANSI webstore, and as part of a Standards Subscription. If you or your organization are interested in easy, managed, online access to standards that can be shared, a Standards Subscription may be what you need - please contact us at: StandardsSubscriptions@ansi.org or 1-212-642-4980 or Request Proposal Price.

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ANSI/PRCA 1.0-.3-2014

Ropes Challenge Course Installation, Operation and Training Standards

This Standard establishes safety requirements for the design, manufacture, performance, construction, inspection, maintenance, removal from service, qualification, staff instruction, staff training, staff certification, use and operation of components, sub-systems, systems and courses utilized by the ropes challenge course industry. The standards cover apparatus specifically designed, engineered, manufactured, constructed, installed, and/or utilized by individuals/teams, through high or low, non-spotted, spotted or belayed activities, under trained facilitated supervision, guided or self-guided, are utilized as elements of experiential learning programs / curriculums and/or as adventure/ challenge recreational/commercial components or courses, tours or programs, indoors or outdoors, permanent, temporary or mobile. Including portable and fixed low elements, high elements, stand alone elements, zip lines, canopy tours, aerial adventure courses and any climbing walls and climbing structures that are components of a ropes challenge course.


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