ACCT Training

In 2023, Blackbox Outdoor Education was formed to take on all Challenge Ropes Course (CRC) and ACCT related work from Pivotal Learning. This will allow Pivotal Learning to focus on educator training and Blackbox OE to be able to cater specifically to CRC practitioners. To find out more, check out

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The quality of our training is assured because:

ACCT Training Accreditation – Our training is designed and accredited by ACCT to meet both the Training Standards and Staff Competencies in Operation Standards. We are the second Professional Vendor Member (PVM) in Asia to be accredited and FIRST in Singapore.

Qualified Course Professional (QCP) – Our staff delivering the training meet ACCT’s Qualified Course Professional criteria to ensure qualities delivery. They all have years of experience conducting challenge course activities and managing courses.

Peer-Reviewed Every 3 Years – Our trainings are reviewed and re-accredited every three years by ACCT. This ensures that we stay abreast with the latest development in the industry and ACCT Standards. The accreditation process is rigorous with documentation review, interview, and site visits by a fellow PVM and an Administrative Reviewer.

Careful Scaffolding & Skill Building – Our training breakdown the necessary skills into manageable chunks and we carefully scaffold each of them to build the foundation and strengthen them to advanced skills.

Develop Critical Thinking Practitioner – Instead of simply rote learning, we develop critical thinking among our participants through understanding and applying principles.

Training Options:

To cater to your various needs, the training can be:

1. Site-Specific – this training is customized specifically to the site operation.
2. Full Track – this training must cover all three staff competencies within the Operation Standards for both spotted and height activities.
3. Speciality Elements – These elements operate differently from typical Height Activities. Examples include Abseil, Zip Line, Giant Swing.

Training Programs:

 Basic Challenge Course Practitioner Advanced Challenge Course Practitioner Challenge Course Manager
Experience of PractitionerNewExperienced
(conducted at least 200 hours of routine programs)
(conducted at least 500 hours of leadership, non-routine, and management experience)
OperationConduct routine programmes with supervisionLeadership role and non-routine operation such as rescue.Practitioners who will be or are currently managing a challenge course,.
Certification Level PursingACCT Level 1 CertificationACCT Level 2 CertificationACCT Challenge Course Manager

Basic Challenge Course Practitioner

Welcome to the Basic Challenge Course Practitioner Training! 

This workshop is designed for:

  • New practitioners pursuing the necessary skill sets to lead a group in Challenge course programmes.
  • Practitioners who conduct routine Challenge Course Program with supervision. I
  • Practitioners want to pursue ACCT Level 1 Certification.

Our training utilises competency-based learning and focuses intensely on skill application.

1. Core Competencies
a) 3 Staff competencies
b) Components in ACCT Standard
c) Application of field RAM through P.E.E.P. and 4T
d) Reading and application of SOP
e) Other relevant documentation in Challenge Course environment

2. Technical Competencies
a) Climbing equipment
b) Fixtures in Challenge Course
c) Low elements and spotting
d) Set Up, Operation and Take Down of Dynamic, Static, Smart Static and Continuous Belay System
e) Set Up, Operation and Take Down of Specialty Elements such as Abseil, Zip Line, Challenge Pole, Giant Swing

3. Facilitation Competencies
a) Understanding 3 key points that support debriefing
b) Connecting flow theory to its impact on debriefing
c) Learning 5 different framing techniques
d) Learning to facilitate personal goal setting
e) Understanding and applying the impact of Full Value Contract
f) Experiential Learning Cycle and the 4 grandparent’s questions
g) Applying funneling in question during debriefing
h) Applying different type of debriefing technique
i) Comfort Zone theories, fear and avoidance behaviours
j) Sequencing of ice-breaks and energisers
k) Challenge By Choice application & GRABBSS assessment. 

This course is available for UTAP funding. Need funding or subsidy? Scroll down for more info.

Advanced Challenge Course Practitioner (ACCP)


Welcome to the Advanced Challenge Course Practitioner Training!

This workshop is designed for:

  • Experienced practitioners (at least 200 hours of regular programming) who like to pursue the necessary skill sets to lead and supervise the overall conduct of Challenge course programmes.
  • Practitioners who carry leadership roles and handle non-routine operations such as rescue.
  • Practitioners want to pursue ACCT Level 2 Certification.

Instead of always teaching, we deploy more advanced pedagogies such as Scenario Based and Problem Based Learning to develop Thinking Practitioners by equipping you with Critical Eyes.

1. Core Competencies
a) ACCT Standards
b) Sphere of practices
c) RAM documentation
d) Incident and Accident Reporting
e) Emergency Management Plan

2. Technical Competencies
a) Principle of safety points in self-rescue
b) Self-Rescue: Prussiking, locking off abseil, stopping during abseil and abseil with auto-block.
c) Principles of rescue
d) Type of rescue
e) 2 type of load release: Pick up and cut away
f) Rescue in Specialty Element
g) Gear recovery scenarios

3. Facilitation Competencies
a) Intentional sequencing and it impact
b) Applying Challenge By Choice in sequencing
c) Applying Multi-Level Sequencing Model in programme design
d) Intentional Activity design

This course is available for UTAP funding. Need funding or subsidy? Scroll down for more info. ​

 Challenge Course Manager (3 Day)

Welcome to the most demanding training in our curriculum!!

Most of us are hands-on individuals and love the great outdoors. This training is the only workshop we have that requires you to sit down and stay most of the time indoors. For once, this training requires you to sit back and think about significant management issues about Challenge Course in a classroom environment.

This workshop is designed for:

  • Seasoned practitioners with 500 hours of challenge course operation and management experience.
  • Practitioners who will be or are currently managing a challenge course.
  • Practitioners want to pursue ACCT CCM Certification.

There will be no “DEATH BY POWER-POINT”. We promise to keep it as “adventurous” and experiential as possible. The methodology employed in this training is Facilitative Training. We will be engaging you with in-depth discussion, analysis and thinking about management issues around challenge courses. We generally have no specific answers to the three areas we will discuss; instead, we have lots of questions and examples. Each of you will bring to the table your valuable experiences, and in the end, our goal is for you to take away different thoughts, different ways of doing things and diverse perspectives.

We will be referencing ACCT Standards regularly throughout the session. The end goals of this workshop are responses to the following:
a) Is My Organisation Doing What We Are Supposed To Do?
b) What Are We Doing?
c) How Are We Doing?

1. Philosophies & Ethics
a) Why are we doing what we are doing?
b) Alignment of organizational mission, operation and activities
c) Intentional programming through A.D.D.I.E
d) Confidentiality & Ethics

2. Administration
a) Risk Management documentation
b) Standard Operating Procedure
c) Descriptive versus Prescriptive SOP
d) Participant screening process
e) Incident & Accident Management Plan
f) Emergency Management Plan

3. Human Resource Management
a) Staff Job Description
b) Staff Training
c) Staff assessment & evaluation

Funding Available for our BCCP and ACCP courses

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

(Adapted from the NTUC UTAP website


What is UTAP?

UTAP is a training benefit for NTUC members to defray their cost of training. This benefit is to encourage more NTUC members to go for skills upgrading.

NTUC members enjoy 50% *unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP. NTUC members aged 40 and above can enjoy higher funding support up to $500 per individual each year, capped at 50% of unfunded course fees, for courses attended between 1 July 2020 to 31 December 2022.


Who can apply?


All NTUC members can apply for UTAP. However, the following criteria must be met to be eligible for UTAP:


1.      Paid-up NTUC membership before course commenced, throughout whole course duration and at the point of claim

2.      Course by training provider must be supported under UTAP, and training must commence within the supported period

3.      Course must not be fully funded through company sponsorship or other types of funding

4.      You must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each application and sat for all prescribed examination(s), if any

5.      UTAP application must be submitted within 6 months after course completion

The UTAP grant is also available to National Instructors and Coaches Association (NICA) members.


Understanding the ACCT Standards workshop

We are always keen to help unpack the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) Standards!

 This workshop will use a risk-based approach to help learners get an understanding of the standards and how they can be applied in their own Challenge Ropes Courses (CRC). It will be  helpful for site operators who are planning to go for the ACCT Operation Accreditation by helping site operators to come up with an action plan to prepare for the review. 

This workshop is highly customisable for your site operations so contact us for further discussions. 

Interested in any of our courses above for your organisation? Contact us for Corporate Booking Rates, at with the following information :

  1. Organisation Name
  2. Proposed course dates
  3. Number of runs
  4. Expected number of participants per run