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Professional Ropes Course Association - ANSI ASD

(ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) for Challenge Courses, Canopy ZipLine Tours, & Aerial Adventure courses.


Current Published Standard:  ANSI/PRCA American National Standard (ANS) 1.0-.3-2014 - (March 3, 2014)

Welcome to the Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA). The PRCA is a contemporary and progressive 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 achieved tremendous accomplishments including industry insurance programs and becoming the first ANSI Accredited Standards Developer for the industry in 2005. Currently the PRCA has an active draft standards within the ANSI review process and three public reviews since 2006.

ANSI ASD logoAs the industry’s first active American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer (ASD) and the Secretariat for the ANSI/PRCA American National Standard, the primary goals of the PRCA is to produce standards, be a advocate for the development of the industry, and an ANSI ASD governing voice for the continued advancement and self regulation. Having successfully undergone the independent review of our standards creation procedures by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the PRCA process is reviewed to ensure fair and balanced representation for the industry.


ANSI/PRCA American National Standard:

The PRCA Candidate Standard has undergone multiple reviews following the PRCA ANSI approved procedures. Hundreds of individuals participated in the review process, generating over 1,000 comments for review and consideration. Some individuals exercised their right to the appeal process with the appeals being reviewed by independent third party panels.

On March 3, 2014, ANSI approved the PRCA's consensus based Standard as the ANSI/PRCA American National Standard (ANS). As such, the PRCA shall serve as Secretariat of the ANSI/PRCA ANS. Formal notice was issued to all ANSI Accredited Standards Developers (ASD) through the ANSI Newsletter, Standards Action, on March 7, 2014.

The ANSI/PRCA 1.0-.3-2014 American National Safety Standards are managed, not by the PRCA alone, but by a committee of individual representatives of industry organizations and associations, insurance carriers and other materially affected entities. This ensures that no one body has control of the industry standards and ensures consensus for the industry safety standards.

Purpose / Vision
The purpose of the PRCA is to promote, enhance, support, and contribute to the ropes course industry worldwide. This is accomplished by the development of industry standards for ropes challenge courses and canopy tours / zip line tours. Standards include installation, inspection, operation, training, and certification standards. The Professional Ropes Course Association also provides ongoing development of operational, construction, inspection, Accredited Vendor reviews, and training standards for the ropes challenge course industry.

Electronic / Green Statement:
Please consider the environment before printing pages.

The PRCA believes in saving costs and maintaining a low overhead. In the spirit of this belief, the PRCA is committed to conducting electronic business where ever possible. We thank you in helping us support the environment and keep our operating costs down by limiting the use of paper products.


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