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EXAMINATION - QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR - requirements and information

Information on the Qualified Inspector certification examination.


The intention of the Qualified Instructor certification exam is to determine the candidates potential abilities to deliver quality, properly documented employee training which complies with the requirements of the ANSI/PRCA 1.0-.3-2014 American National Safety Standards,"Challenge Courses, Adventure Parks, Canopy Tours and Zip Lines: Safety Standards for Design, Performance, Inspection, Installation, Equipment, Operations, Training and Certifications", its National Training Scheme and the ANSI/ASSE Z490.1-2016 "Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training".

The testing provides a brief assessment/verification of the candidates' knowledge of adult instructional methods and techniques, proper training documentation, awareness and management of risks in outdoor/indoor training and high potential risk training scenarios at height, classroom management, knowledge and performance of skill assessments and testing methods.

The certification tests DO NOT assess the candidates expertise in the areas that they plan to instruct. The employer(s) and/or the candidates' themselves must determine if the candidate has the appropriate level of expertise to conduct training in a specific area.

Candidates must receive a passing score on both the written examination and the practical instruction skill exam for certification.

Initial certification requires attendance at the PRCA Exam Preparation session prior to taking the examination.

Exam Requirements:

  • Admission to the exam preparatory sessions and the exam require pre-registration and submission of the certification application, required application documentation and fees. The certification applications is available as a download from the "Certifications" folder in the left hand navigation column.
  • Admission to the exam site requires approved candidates to present their Testing ID number, issued by the PRCA, and the candidates photo identification.

Materials required for the prep session and examination:

The candidate must have following standards with them (electronic or printed version) during the preparatory sessions and examination (open book). (Candidates with electronic copies of the standards are permitted to bring lap tops into the prep sessions and exam.)

  • ANSI/PRCA 1.0-.3-2014 American National Safety Standard (must be an authorized, licensed individual member copy (bearing candidate's name) OR a licensed Organizational member copy (bearing name of candidate's employer) OR non-member licensed copy (bearing the candidate's name).  If you do not have this standard it may be purchased from or the ANSI standards web store.
  • ANSI/ASSE Z490.1-2016 American National Standard (must be authorized or licensed to the candidate) If you do not have this standard it may be purchased from or the ANSI standards web store.

Written Examination: 

This is an open book test that consists of between 100 and 150 multiple choice questions that must be passed with a minimum score of 80%. During the exam the candidate may make use of their required electronic or printed copies of the ANSI/PRCA 1.0-.3-2014 and the ANSI/ASSE Z 490.1-2016 standards.

Scope of Written Exam Questions:

  • Training documentation
  • Safety of Participants
  • Training risk management
  • Experiential education model
  • Multi-media presentations
  • Development of training programs
  • Employee safety training
  • Testing and skill assessments
  • Certifications (in-house and third party)
  • Applicable standards
  • National Training Scheme requirements
  • Industry procedures
  • facilitation vs. guiding


Practical Exam / Assessment:

Candidates must develop, document and present an approximately 30 to 45 minute standards compliant training session that meets the following requirements: 

  • The training must cover an employee safety or industry operations topic with which the candidate has experience, expertise and knowledge.
  • The candidate must produce a formal written lesson plan for the presentation including identification of expected trainees, duration of session, risk management concerns and mitigation, required instruction materials, assessment methods and expected outcomes.
  • The candidate must provide and submit the all applicable standards' compliant documentation for the training session. (e.g. sign in sheet, handouts, etc.)
  • The training presentation will include a 5 minute Q&A period.
  • The candidate must submit at least 5 original multiple choice questions with answers and source documentation. (if the questions contain graphics the candidate must provide the graphics in an acceptable electronic format).

The exam preparatory sessions are typically schedule to allow one off day for the candidates to prepare their presentations.

On the day of the candidates' presentations there will be a laptop (PC) and projector available for the candidate's use in addition to flip easel pads and markers OR the candidate may utilize their own laptop.  


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