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According to our training and inspection scheme we accredit training bodies and inspections bodies (you can check the list of accredited bodies by clicking the hyperlinks below).
  1. The accredited training bodies run training courses to train instructors and rescuers for ropes courses. All course participants who succesfully passed the course receive a personal training certificate.
  2. On the other hand the accredited inspection bodies do inspect ropes courses. The inspection is done according a certain manual and guideline. Both will be checked: if the ropes course is fit fur purpose resp. if it is built according to certain Standards and Norms. These aspects of conformity and safety will be declared in the inspection report and shown on the inspection certificate.
 
So in summary for our certification system:
  1. an instructor, rescuer or trainer can posses a personl training certificate.
  2. a ropes course can be inspected by an accredited inspection body and if the inspection was passed an inspection certificate is issued individually for the specific ropes course.
In both cases a certificate (either from the type ''training'' or ''inspection'') with an individual number, an expiration date and the ID of the accredited body is issued. So the easiest way to check is as follows: ask the operator to show you the ''ERCA certificate''.
 
 
 
A) In our certification system we issue ''ERCA Certificates'' of following types:
  1. Accredition for training bodies and inspections bodies (you can check the list of accredited bodies by clicking the hyperlinks below). Accredited bodies has to pass an application process, a paper check and an on-site audit. If all is passed they will receive their certificate. 
    1. Training body certificate/accredition: The accredited training bodies run training courses to train instructors and rescuers for ropes courses (see 2).
    2. Inspection body certificate/accredition: The accredited inspection bodies do inspect ropes courses. The inspection is done according a certain manual and guideline. Both will be checked: if the ropes course is fit fur purpose resp. if it is built according to certain Standards and Norms. These aspects of conformity and safety will be declared in the inspection report and shown on the inspection certificate (see 3).
  2. Training certificate: An instructor, rescuer, trainer resp. trainer-trainer (Master-Trainer) can posses a personal training certificate - given the training course from an ERCA accredited training body was passed successfully.
  3. Inspection Certificate: A ropes course can be inspected by an ERCA accredited inspection body and if the inspection was passed an inspection certificate is issued individually for the specific ropes course.
In all cases a certificate (either from the type ''accredited training body'', ''accredited inspection body'', ''training certificate'' or ''inspection certificate'') with an individual number, an expiration date and the ID of the accredited body is issued. So the easiest way to check is as follows: ask to show you the ''ERCA certificate''.
Accredited bodies are allowed to use the ERCA logo and the ERCA training label resp. the ERCA inspection label.
 
 
B) In addition to these individual and verifiable certificates we have the standard ERCA membership where members sign a self-commitment. So they voluntarily agree that they work according to the ERCA standards, but have not been individually certified.
 
ERCA members are allowed to use the ERCA logo only.
 
The members list is open to the public: http://www.erca.cc/index.php/en/about-erca/members-list-link 
 

 

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Below sketch shows the route to become an ERCA certified ropes course inspector.

You need to have building experience and must hold certain awards (1-6). For 1 (WAH) either an "ERCA Generic Rescuer Award" or an "ERCA High Ropes Course Trainer Award" or an "IRATA Rope Access Technician Level1 (or higher)" award is compulsory. For the awards it is up to you to attend qualifying courses at whatever provider you wish or participating in courses offered by ERCA. If you fulfill all prerequisites you can attend the 5-day inspector training (7). At the end of training you will receive feedback and can work out your personal action plan with help of the trainer (8). Afterwards you have to perform inspections as assistant (9) before you are required to pass an assessment (10).

For further questions please contact:
Mrs Christine Schreiber
+49-(0)511-16989937
info (at) erca . cc