Leahy Associates, Inc.



Please read this information carefully and feel free to contact our office if you have any further questions.

Q. What types of certification are available?

The ACCT has released the minimum standards for these types of certification:

  • Full Certification
  • Spotted Activities
  • High Elements
  • Site Specific/Specialty Elements

These types of certification are available at 3 different levels:

  • Level I
  • Level II
  • Course Manager (CM)

Additionally there are a number of different operating systems for these types and levels such as:

  • Dynamic Belay
  • Static Belay
  • Tower Structures
  • Muliple Belay Rope Systems

Q. What are the minimum requirements designated by ACCT for training? and experience for each level?

Level I: Requires a minimum of 40 hours of training. Level I does not require any facilitation experience.

Level II: Requires a minimum of 80 hours of training. Level II also requires a minimum of 200 hours of facilitation experience.

CM: Requires a Level II certification plus a total of 110 hours of training and 500 hours of facilitating experience.

Q. Does Leahy & Associates have any additional requirements above what? ACCT has designated?

Yes. Leahy & Associates requires that the facilitator submit an up-to-date portfolio documenting their relevant experience and training at least 7 days before test day.

For Level II: Leahy & Associates also requires a total of 400 hours of documented experience IF you have not completed either our "Challenge Course Facilitator Training" or our "Critical Skills for Safety" workshop.

Q. I've taken Tom Leahy's Critical Skills for Safety workshop and I have more than 200 hours but less than 400 hours of experience. Can I test with Leahy & Associates for my Level II?

Yes. The 400 hour experience requirement is only for those who have never taken our basic or advanced facilitation workshops.

Q. I've been facilitating for X years, can I simply take the Level I / Level II test?

Yes, you may IF you meet the minimum requirements of both ACCT and Leahy & Associates.

Q. I was trained by another vendor in the industry and I've never taken a workshop with Leahy & Associates. Can I still test with Leahy & Associates? Or vice versa?

Yes, IF you meet the minimum requirements of both ACCT and Leahy & Associates.

Q. Help! I don't know where to even start with my portfolio!

We suggest you get started with the template that ACCT has made available free of charge. It may be downloaded, copied and modified to present your experience.

Q. What do I need to do to "Challenge In"?

Call us and we'll send you an application. The application AND your portfolio must be completed and submitted no less than 7 days before the test date.

Q. What will be covered on the test?

The test day will include both a written and a practical skills test.

Leahy & Associates, Inc. • 7013 Roaring Fork Trail • Boulder, Colorado 80301 USA
phone: 303-673-9832 • fax: 303-604-1901      © 2017 Leahy & Associates, Inc.
Photo credits: Michael Peterson, Jeff Chow, Rick Thompson, Paul Cummings, and Tom Leahy.