Climbing Wall Inspection Fees and Expenses

A lot of information is required to determine that the correct systems, components and practices are being inspected and that your cost estimate is based on the most relevant data available to minimize or eliminate surprise fees after your inspection is complete. Our staff 

will work diligently to understand your unique organization, structures, equipment brands, location and operating principles so that we can quote you a "not to exceed" price for your climbing wall inspection.

Questions that Need to be Answered


  • What inspection standard is being adhered to by your organization and what does your state oracct accredited inspector regulatory authority reference - are they in alliance? Common standards referenced by State or Provincial Law include: CWA, ACCT, ASTM,ACA, and EN.  If your program is not aware or practicing the legally binding standard referenced by your state - there will be deficiencies found during the inspection; the more out of alignment with the standard - the greater the likely hood of increased areas for improvement to pass your inspection.
  • Does the state regulation of climbing walls or gyms and the duties within the regulation increase the exposure to the inspecting agency (v.s. other states - some states do). See our current Map of State Climbing Wall Regulations.


climbing wall access to back of wall

What needs to be inspected and how can it be inspected? Do we need to physically climb each route? Is there access to the backside of the wall? Do you have a scissor or boom lift? 
Is there newer technology with manufacturer specifications that require a specific set of tools or replacement materials  to complete your inspection? – Proof Tester, Load Cell, Wire Rope Magnetic testing (inspecting for internal as well as external damage to cable)? 
Once on site – how much “stuff” is there to inspect (routes, lead anchors,  autobelay cables, welds, pulleys, shear reduction devices, slings, harnesses, carabiners, helmets, etc.).

What Staff Qualifications are Required to Perform your Climbing Wall Inspection

  • ESI must maintain certain Staff Training and Competence of our inspectors based on industry standards and state regulation. Older wood framed and plywood sheathed climbing walls with traditional belay devices do not require the same amount of training, certifications and experience with specialized tools as do welded steel framed walls, fiberglass and concrete natural rock panels, specialized auto-belay systems, that employ advanced mechanical systems like magnetics, hydraulics or pnuematics.
  • We are an ACCT third party peer reviewed and accredited company approved for climbing wall , gym, and tower Inspections (not every ACCT PVM is). Additionally, we are currently in the middle of a Quality Assurance Accreditation through ISO900.  And our climbing wall inspectors are Certified Inspectors via the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officers (NAARSO).These processes come at a cost. An inspection company without the proper qualifications will be cheaper - and this comes at the greater cost of receiving an incomplete inspection that cannot stand up to scrutiny of industry peers, regulators and the court systems. - Consider this choice carefully - Understand the decision you’re making and the benefits and consequences.

The climbing wall and belay technology industries are quickly evolving – the technology, components, design requirements, patented products, the public’s (or consumer) desire for more people moving through the facilities faster with less staff supervision and oversight – is often what drives the cost of inspection.

Next Steps

  • Talk to other vendors - ask lots of questions. When price comparing a climbing wall or tower inspection ASK FOR THE PROOF regarding qualifications. The cost to replace structures and components pre-maturely will far outweigh the cost of a properly qualified or licenced inspector with the right tools; correct credentials; and the proper experience with the systems installed at your facility.
  • DEMAND A NOT TO EXCEED CONTRACT - dont be caught by suprise fees.
  • Did the vendor interview you?  Any company providing your climbing wall or gym inspection should be doing their due diligence and asking many questions about your facility – how many climbing routes, what style of belay system, what height, what is teh support structure manufactured from (wood, steeel, concrete?) ; how can the support structures  be accessed; how many pieces of equipment do you have;  have you had any accidents or claims; what state or providence are you located within; etc. If they don’t ask these questions and give you a price - you most likely do not have a qualified inspector.  IS THIS WHAT YOU AND YOUR PARTICIPANTS AND COMMUNITY DESERVE? EXPECT?

 Our Costs and Fees

Inspector Rates

  • Day rate For a NAARSO Certified Inspector $980.00 - Required for all climbing walls, towers and gyms in states that regulate climbing walls as amusement rides or devices.
  • Day rate for an ESI internally trained and experienced inspector (minimum 3 yrs. experience) $850.00 - Common for summer camps, retreat centers, university, school and military NON-COMMERCIAL climbing walls that dont use autobelays.
  • Day rate for an Inspection Assistant $750.00 - This rate will only apply if an assistant is required to complete your inspection (an assistant is not a primary Qualified Inspector and some climbing walls or gyms may require more than one Qualified Inspector).

The number and type of inspectors will be determined by ESI based on an understanding of your facility, types of belay system, number and type of elments, equipment types and amounts, location, difficulty level to navigate and inspect.

Travel Expenses

  • Mileage - Billed at current federal rate
  •  Airfare - Billed at 5% above actual cost to compensate for administrative costs.
  • Lodging - Billed at 5% above actual costs to compensate for administrative costs. Lodging requirements are dual occupancy rooms at a reputable local hotel. Bunk house lodging with a larger group is not acceptable. If your organization has HOTEL STYLE housing or a house WITH BEDDING - this will be considered.
  • Meals - Meals are typically billed out at $40.00 per day. In some locations (tourist destinations) this fee may be higher (and at some locations with on-site food it may be cheaper).
  • Travel Time - Depending on your location, we may be required to charge you for travel time. Travel time may include all time in transit to and from your site (drive to airport, get through security, time on plane, time traveling to your site - and then the time to return). We may also be able to pool your inspection with other organizations in your area or reasonable vicinity. This allows multiple clients to share in the Travel Time, Airfare, Mileage and Lodging Expenses. Some organizations are pro-active and call and work with their competitors to keep everyone costs lower and ensure compliance and safety as a larger materially affected industry group.

Based on all of the above variables it's hard to post a specific cost for a climbing wall inspection as all organizations have different needs. Please fill out the attached form and return it to us and we will give you a quote or give our office a call TOLL FREE at (877) 206-8967 to speak to one of our staff.