Climbing Wall Staff Training and Certification

In addition to installation, inspection and equipment sales we also offer climbing wall, tower and gym training services. Whether you have a traditional dynamic belay or utalize newer  auto belay technoilogy (or a combination of both), our trained and certfied staff can design and implement a training or certification program custom designed for your site specific operations.

Standards Trained To:
Our trainings are designed  to meet or exceed the standards set by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), the Climbing Wall Association (CWA), ASTM International, and or the European Norm (EN). The standards utilized will depend on your type of organization; style of climbing structure and sub-frame, type and number of routes installed on your wall; the presence of lead climbing; the state or providence of installation and relevant regulations in place. We additionally will need to consider the number of staff in the training and any previous experiences they may have with rock climbing or similar skills.


  • Traditional Plywood Walls
  • Molded Polyurathane and Fiberglass Panel Systems
  • Natural Rock Walls
  • Wood framed Structures
  • Steel Framed Structures
  • Inddor and Outdoor climbing structures
  • Portable or Mobile Walls
  • Hydraulic, magnetic and clutch bearing autobelays
  • Amusement Parks
  • Family Fun Centers
  • Military Application
  • Educational Uses
  • Summer Camps
  • Commercial Climbing Gyms

Staff Qualifications:
Our staff are located across the United States and Mexico and all have a minimum background that exceeds the Qualified Challenge Course Professionals (QCCP) standards for Trainers and Certifiers as specified by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). In addition, to those minimum standards each individual staff member comes with life experiences and industry related certifications that allow us a large array of individuals to ensure that your organization is paired with a trainer(s) that have the required skills and experiences for your type of organization and the climbing wall and belays system installed and equipment being used on your wall. Some of our staff trainings and certifications include:

  • Certified Level II Challenge Course Facilitator (ACCT)
  • Certified Challenge Course Manager (ACCT)
  • RedCross First Aid (many have Wilderness First Aid)
  • OSHA 10 hour Certification
  • NAARSO Level I or II Certification
  • Annual Attendance at Industry related conferences (ACCT, IAAPA, NAARSO, ACA, etc.)

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Training Rates:
Our rates will vary based on the tyope of structure installed (fixed, mobile, wood, steel, indoor, outdoors, etc,), number and type of climbing routes installed; the presence of lead climbing routes, and type  of belay anchor or system utalized (traditional or autobelay).

We additionally need to consider what ESI staff member will be required (skills and certifications they need to maintain to be compliant with industry standards or state regulations). 

Please call our office to get a site specific quote for your training needs. We will need to learn about your facility, and information on the company that provided the initial installation or last annual inspection. We do not provide training on any climbing wall or belay system that does not have a current annual inspection performed by a qualified inspector (insured, accredited and or licensed if applicable by state code).

  • Day rate For a NAARSO Certified Trainer $980.00 - Required for all climbing walls in states that regulate aerial climbing walls as amusement rides or devices.
  • Day rate for an ESI internally trained and experienced climbing wall trainer (minimum 3 yrs. experience - exceeds QCCP standards) $850.00 - Common for NON-COMMERCIAL rclimbing facilities.
  • Day rate for a Training Assistant $750.00 - This rate will only apply if an assistant is required to complete your training (an assistant is not a primary Qualified Trainer and some facilities may require more than one Qualified Trainer).

The number and type of trainers will be determined by ESI based on an understanding of your facility, types of belay system installed on your climbing facility, number and type of routes, equipment types and amounts, location, etc.

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 you are 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 climbing wall staff training and certification 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.

View a sample Test in PDF Format

View a Sample Skills Assessment in PDF format.