Certifications to Become a Professional Zip Line Guide

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Certifications to Become a Professional Zip Line Guide

Zip lining can be dangerous if the zip line guide is ill-prepared, inexperienced, or lacking the proper certifications. Safety is our top concern at Empower Adventures. That’s why zip line guides must complete their certifications to take guests out on the zip line course for a fun day of adventure. These certifications cover several areas, such as challenge courses, ropes courses, and safety certifications. In today’s blog, Empower Adventures Tampa looks at three different certifications you need to become a zip line guide. 

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Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT)

Level 1 and Level 2 Practitioner Certification

The most basic level of certification you need to become a zip line guide is Level 1 and Level 2 Practitioner Certification from ACCT. These certification courses will challenge your skills on high courses, spotted elements, and site/system specifics, allowing you to become well-versed in multiple aspects of zip lining. There are different curriculums for the Level 1 and Level 2 Practitioner Certifications, building wide-ranging skills for future zip line guides.

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Certified Challenge Course Manager

If you want to manage a zip line course or program, you need to learn all of the ins and outs of the sport. The Certified Challenge Course Manager certification must be completed after Level 1 and Level 2 Practitioner Certifications have been awarded. Before applying to be a Certified Challenge Course Manager, the applicant must complete 14 days of training and 200 program days of challenge course facilitation experience. This certification lasts for five years, so it will need to be renewed to continue as operating manager of any style challenge course.  

Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA)

ANSI/PRCA American National Safety Standard

Another highly accredited organization that certifies zip line guides is the Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA). The ANSI/PCRA American National Safety Standard not only focuses on your safety as an instructor, but it also emphasizes the safety of the riders. Through this course, you will learn about every piece of zip line equipment and the safety aspects of each. This certification is meant for challenge courses, zip line tours, and aerial adventure parks to promote the overall safety of the sport. 

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Enjoy the Ride at Empower Adventures Tampa

Empower Adventures Tampa is excited to host you at our five-star zip line course in Oldsmar, Florida! This zip line course consists of over 3,000 feet of zip line — more than half a mile of thrilling excitement! Empower Adventures also offers highly acclaimed Moonlight Canopy Tours, an Aerial Adventure Park, and sunset tours! Empower Adventures Tampa wants to help you enjoy unforgettable fun, so contact us today or book now!

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