ERCA_Certified_Inspection_BodyEuropean Ropes Course Association (ERCA) Accredited Inspections

ERCA is the organisation responsible for setting professional safeguarding regulations for the High Ropes and Adventure industries.  Adventure Build inspectors are trained and certified to carry out impartial ERCA standard inspections that ensure that activity parks meet the industry’s current measures for safeguarding.  Our  team take part in ERCA’s annual training courses in order to keep up to date with current practices.

Safety inspections are compulsory for all ropes courses and adventure parks . ERCA are the industry’s recognised body for ensuring the quality of activity courses in line with the industry’s current safeguarding regulations – – the official stamp of approval. A pass from an ERCA approved inspector will see your course recognised internationally as meeting the latest industry regulations for safety and quality. Do not accept any less when it comes to the safety of your course!

About our ERCA Inspectors

Adventure Build are able to draw upon the experience and expertise of Type A and Type C ERCA certified inspectors in order to offer clients with the compulsory Inaugural and Annual Inspections.

  • Paul Capper – Type A ERCA Inspector

Paul Capper from Capstone Inspections is qualified to carry out ‘Type A’ inspections of Ropes Courses to ensure that courses meet the current safeguarding standards set by the industry’s governing body, ERCA.

  • Steve Gunn – Type C ERCA Inspector

Periodical ‘Type C’ inspections are carried out by Steve Gunn from High Time Technical Consultants who are well renowned in the adventure and construction industries for their high quality and reliability of service.

For more information about the different types of ERCA inspections that are compulsory for ropes courses across Europe, please click here.

Inaugural and Annual Inspections

There are two types of ERCA inspections that are required for all stationary ropes courses, both indoors and outdoors, both of which can be arranged by Adventure Build:

Inaugural inspections:

Inaugural inspections take place post-build and before the course is put into operation. An inaugural inspection is also compulsory for ropes and activity courses that have been rebuilt or modified before they can be used again.

Inaugural ERCA  inspections are carried out by a certified and fully impartial Type A inspector.

Recurring Annual Inspections:

In order to maintain the safety of  all ropes and adventure courses, ERCA require courses to be regularly inspected after the inaugural inspection. This is usually done on a yearly basis and criteria for these inspections can be found in ERCA’s Professional Standards and the EN 15567:2007.

These periodical  inspections will be undertaken by a fully trained and certified ERCA Type A or Type C inspector.

About ERCA Inspection Bodies

ERCA accredits inspection bodies in Europe who check that ropes courses meet ERCA’s current Professional Safety Standards as well as the current European Norm EN 15567:2007 (as soon as it will have been published). They are entitled to award ERCA inspection certificates to ropes courses which have met all respective safety standards without fail.

ERCA will continuously assess inspection bodies against specific quality management criteria. As part of the assessment of the suitability of inspection bodies, ERCA thoroughly evaluates candidates against the following criteria:

Professional knowledge, expertise and qualifications as well as practical experience of inspectors
Impartiality in the context of their work as professional inspectors
Existence of relevant and valid insurance policies
Total Quality Management of inspection bodies
Inaugural inspections certified by ERCA should only be undertaken by impartial inspection bodies of Type A (according to EN/ISO/IEC17020:2004).

Periodical, recurring or annual inspections can be undertaken by impartial inspection bodies of Type A and Type C (according to EN/ISO/IEC17020:2004).