Brief History

Vertex was founded in 2002 and is now at the forefront of instructor training, development and consultancy to the ropes course and adventure park industry


Leap of Faith

Its team of fantastic trainers have trained and assessed thousands of individuals in that time, including hundreds of outdoor professionals from across the world. Since 2010 Vertex has been delivering the ERCA (European Ropes Course Association) training awards, running courses across the UK, Europe and the Middle East qualifying hundreds of instructors.

Over the years we have worked closely with a range of operators, helping them to not only train their instructors but also support them by offering consultancy, technical advice, educational resources and PPE equipment.

These are some of the highlights that we’ve achieved over the years:

  • Steve Woods was the first Director of Training for ERCA and was instrumental in developing the training syllabus and systems that we see today;
  • Steve Woods is currently a member of the Exective Board at ERCA;
  • We have 2 representatives on the CEN committee writing the European standards for EN15567 (Parts 1 & 2);
  • Two Vertex trainers are members of the ERCA Master Team which means that they train and audit all new training companies and prospective trainers;
  • We work directly with the leading manufacturers of PPE in testing and designing products specific to the industry;
  • We work with leisure operators to ensure that they achieve the ultimate balance between safety, efficiency and customer experience on their courses;
  • We are regularly asked to speak at national and international conferences.