The ABC is commencing the consultation phase of the Accreditation Programme, which was announced during the2023 ABC conference.
The climbing industry has witnessed unprecedented growth in recent years, and as we continue to expand, it’s important that we collectively continue to demonstrate our commitment to maintaining the highest standards of safety..
Why an Accreditation Programme is needed
The industry has experienced a surge in popularity, attracting climbers of all skill levels to walls. Our most recent member survey indicates that visits have now exceeded pre-pandemic levels, with a further 14% increase in customer numbers anticipated in the next 12 months. While this growth is certainly welcomed, it brings with it various challenges, including the possibility of increased accident rates and greater scrutiny and attention as a result.
To address these challenges and ensure the industry continues to adhere to high standards, the introduction of an Accreditation Programme is of paramount importance. The programme’s core objective is to build on our existing guidance and guidelines, supporting the development of safer and more enjoyable experiences for all.
Moreover, the establishment of a recognised Accreditation Programme will enhance the industry’s credibility and reputation, and in turn attract prospective climbers.
Volunteering and learning more
If you are an ABC member and would like to know more about the Accreditation Programme, or are interested in sitting on a steering committee which will help define the areas of focus, please contact the ABC’s Accreditation manager, Nick, at [email protected]