Training

Custom Training Workshops

Training Philosophy ~ We offer high quality trainings that meet the recognized industry standards for challenge course and canopy/zip line tour requirements for practitioners. We customize the training to fit the needs of the organization, facility, and staff. We believe it is important not to economize on training, so we work with you to recommend and create a desirable outcome that will meet your training objectives and program goals. Our original training curriculum included 80 hours of technical & core competencies required to operate a challenge course in addition to the facilitation methods and techniques to effectively move the group through an experiential learning process. We still stand behind this and believe a solid training foundation is essential to begin challenge course programming. We understand there are certain situations that do not allow for every new practitioner to gain these valuable skills in this suggested time frame, so we work with you to meet your training goals and still provide the highest quality training in a realistic time frame!

Custom Training

    • Basic Skills: This training supports first time practitioners, new course installations, existing courses looking to train additional staff members, or anyone that is looking to develop the basic technical mechanics of challenge course operations.
    • Advanced Skills: This training is appropriate for experienced practitioners looking to deepen their understanding of supportive theory and further develop their technical skills. The practitioner will add to his or her repertoire of technical skills needed to effectively and efficiently operate a challenge adventure program along with identifying leadership styles and characteristics to effectively collaborate and/or mentor other practitioners.  An emphasis will be placed on deepening technical skill sets allowing the practitioner to reason and synthesize broad ranges of information applicable to non-routine situations.
    • Skill Review and Audits: This is a one day course for your staff to associate with a professional trainer and review skill sets, update practitioners on the most recent industry information and standards, and provide a skill audit for the staff operating your programs and tours. *Staff must have received training by a professional challenge course provider and facilitated program delivery to participants.

Educators Workshop

Schools and academic settings interested in experiential activities to promote community building to help support programs such as Restorative Discipline, Emotional Intelligence and the Sanctuary model can contact us to schedule a free consultation to discuss performance outcomes. After the initial consultation, our Educational Specialist will custom design the workshop to meet your needs. Workshop participants can expect at a minimum:
  • Activities that engage and challenge learners with an understanding of activity themes and how to apply the activities to desired group goals.
  • Sequencing activities toward specific group goals such as effective communication, social/emotional skills, collaboration etc., with respect to social and emotional safety domains.
  • Reflection skills – connecting the activities to learning with application to real life.
  • An interactive workshop- Participants experience and walk away with activities that can be used immediately with little or no props.
  • Collaborative brainstorming- using activities to support academics and review /assess learning objectives.

Our Educational Program Specialist, Jay Whitley, has more than 25 years of teaching middle school and implementing games and initiatives into the classroom in a thoughtful and effective way. He has worked with schools and agencies around the state, training teachers and staff in the use of experiential classroom games and initiatives that support community building, student motivation, and academics to enhance learning and improve conceptual retention. eEmail jay@ropeworksinc.com for more information.

Open Enrollment Training Opportunities are available for registration. All other training programs are scheduled at specific client sites and are not available for open enrollment. If you are looking as an individual or as a small group to attend a training the below information will help you identify your interests at one of our host sites. If you have a minimum of eight people and would like to schedule a training program, contact brenda@ropeworksinc.com for availability and information.

Training Date Location Contact
Advanced Skills Workshop & Level 2 Certification Testing December 3-7, 2018 Texas A&M Challenge Works, College Station, TX Click here to register
Level 2 Re-certification December 7, 2018 Texas A&M Challenge Works, College Station, TX  Click here to register
Basic Skills Workshop & Level 1 Certification Testing October 29-November 2, 2018 Texas A&M Challenge Works, College Station, TX Click here to register
 Level 1 Re-certification November 2, 2018  Texas A&M Challenge Works, College Station, TX  Click here to register
Basic Skills Workshop & Level 1 Certification Testing  April 8-12, 2019 Texas A&M Challenge Works, College Station, TX Click here to register
Level 1 Re-certification April 12, 2019 Texas A&M Challenge Works, College Station, TX  Click here to register

Meet the Rope Works Trainers

Rope Works is proud to be staffed by the most skilled, experienced, professional, and good looking trainers in the industry. Sporting a keen eye for technical skills as well as fashion, Rope Works trainers are huge nerds and they keep up to date with all the latest technologies, hardware, and techniques. All trainers are veterans in the industry and have experienced the evolution of the techniques, always questioning and always learning. Got a favorite trainer? Request them! However, we encourage you to experience all the different trainers and styles – every experience with Rope Works is unique but one thing will always remain the same: the quality and consistency of the training.

Trainer Jay Whitely

Jay Whitely

Trainer Bob Gantt

Bob Gantt

Trainer Brenda Reed

Brenda Reed

Trainer Cody Schrank

Cody Schrank

Trainer Tim Huchton

Tim Huchton

Trainer Kelli McMahan

Kelli McMahan

Trainer Luke Benton

Luke Benton

Trainer Art Ortiz

Art Ortiz

Trainer Natalie Justice

Natalie Justice

Trainer Cedric Knudsen

Cedric Knudsen

Jose Sierra

Jose Sierra

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