ERCA Certified Inspection and Maintenance

ERCA is the organisation dedicated to setting the professional safeguarding regulations for the High Ropes and Adventure industries.

Adventure Build take the safety of Adventure Courses extremely seriously and strive for nothing less than absolute safety excellence. We will never approve a course for operation unless we are 100% certain that it is safe for use.

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).

Inaugural and Annual Inspections – What is the Difference?

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.