Joining the ABC

The Association of British Climbing Walls offers different levels and types of membership:

aSSOCIATE Members:

£250 p.a.

Associate Members (formerly known as Trade Members) who do not operate a climbing wall but have direct links with the climbing wall industry e.g. technical advisors or climbing wall manufacturers, can apply for associate membership. They should do this by completing an application form and by paying the annual subscription. The application commits their organisation to promoting the ABC ‘Guidelines’ and ABC membership in the industry.

Associate Members will receive:

  • A controlled copy of “Guidelines for the Management and Use of Artificial Climbing Wall Structures” (i.e. they will automatically receive any revisions).
  • Notice and minutes of all general meetings of the association.
  • The right to attend all general meetings. (They will not have the right to vote or to be nominated as officers of the association, although they may be asked to attend sub-committee meetings in an advisory capacity).
  • The right to use the ABC logo (clearly identifying Associate membership) on their company’s documentation.
  • Benefit from any trade discounts arranged for members.
  • Access to the members section of the website.

advised MEMBERS:

£0 upon successful application

Advised members are walls that currently feel unable to meet the full requirement of ABC Membership but are able to make a commitment to operating a safe facility and complying with the Association’s Code of Practice, which is the minimum level of safety that the Association believes is necessary to ensure a positive climbing experience for wall users and staff.

Advised Members will receive:

  • Access to the members of the Association.
  • Notice of and the ability to attend the Association’s training seminars and workshops – thus being able to keep staff up to date with the latest developments in best practice and access to excellent CPD.
  • Notice and minutes of all general meetings of the Association.
  • The right to attend all general meetings. (They will not have the right to vote or to be nominated as officers of the association, although they may be asked to attend sub-committee meetings in an advisory capacity).
  • Assistance in the process to become Approved (Full) members of the Association.
  • The right to display the ABC Code of Practice document.
  • Benefit from any trade discounts arranged for members.
  • Access to the forum section of the website where they can interact with and gain (& share) knowledge with other wall operators.

Aspirant Members:

£250 p.a.

Aspirant Members get full access to the members section of the website and the expertise and guidelines contained within it. They are also eligible to attend ABC Workshops and Seminars – it is the fastest and simplest way to make sure that your wall is following the industry’s best working practices.

Aspirant membership runs for up to 12 months from the acceptance of your application. In that time you should use the ABC guidelines and full membership application form to complete an assessment of your operating procedures to ensure you are operating in line with the ABC guidelines.

To apply for full membership of the ABC you should now;

  • Decide when you are ready to apply for Full membership.  This should be before your aspirant membership expires.
  • Complete the application form.
  • Get an ABC full member to sponsor your application.
  • Return the form with your full membership application fee.
  • The form will be reviewed by the membership committee who may contact you with questions regarding your application. They will inform the ABC membership of your application and ask for comments.
  • Your application will then be recommended to the ABC council for approval by the membership secretary (providing they are happy with it).
  • The ABC council will then vote on it.

Approved Members:

£250 p.a

Approved (formerly Full) membership will give you the following benefits on top of your aspirant membership:

  • Only Approved members get a vote at the AGM – the ABC is run by its members for its members.
  • Up-to-date copies of the ABC Guidelines, Aide Memoire and web site password.  Remember: best practice in climbing wall management is a constantly developing field and what is current now may not be in a years’ time.
  • Continued access to the officers and members of the association to help with dealing with new problems at your wall
  • The opportunity to continue to attend and to vote at the ABC AGM and giving you a say in how the organisation is run.
  • The opportunity to attend the annual ABC seminar keeping you up-to-date on issues affecting climbing walls.
  • The opportunity to display an ABC membership certificate at your wall and to use the ABC logo on your company’s documentation.  The good reputation of ABC walls is becoming well-known within climbing circles.  NB you are not entitled to use the ABC logo as an aspirant member.
  • Entrance of your wall’s details on the Current members page of the ABC web site
  • Inclusion in any joint advertising organised by the ABC
  • Benefit from any trade discounts arranged for members

All members of the Association are governed by the rules and regulations of the Association. The Management Committee has the right to refuse or cancel the membership of a applicant or member who does not comply with the Association’s Guidelines.

To find out more about joining the ABC either:

Email admin@abcwalls.co.uk

or download an Application Pack:

Completed applications should be sent to admin@abcwalls.co.uk