ACA Signature Courses

ACA Staff Training Certificates

ACA’s Staff Training Certificate Courses are self-directed online learning opportunities that help build the added qualifications you and your staff need in today’s world. Each certificate course covers all thirteen core competencies required to run a camp successfully and includes curriculum components suited to a variety of learning styles. Continuing education credits available. Learn more

New Director Orientation (NDO)

NDO is a special seven hour course (7 CECs) for seasonal or new camp directors, assistant directors, program directors, or persons that have been in other administrative positions and are considering directing a camp. NDO is designed to be offered at the local or regional level. This course covers five critical areas to help directors and supervisors develop the skills they need to be effective leaders: camp management, risk management, camper behavior, staff training, and staff supervision. Contact your local ACA office for more information on scheduled courses. This course is typically scheduled in all seasons except summer.

ACA Basic Standards Course

The ACA Basic Standards Course (5 CECs) prepares people who are NEW to the accreditation process for their accreditation visits and serves as an introduction to the accreditation process for people interested in becoming accreditation visitors. A person completing the course on behalf of a camp must actively assist in preparation for the accreditation visit, be on site a significant amount of time during the camp season, and participate fully in the on-site accreditation visit.

 A camp representative must complete a basic standards course or standards update course (if appropriate), October 2014 or later, before a 2018 accreditation visit. There is no charge for this course, and ACA membership is not required. Any participant from a currently accredited camp should bring the camp’s updated copy of the Accreditation Process Guide, 2012 Edition, or download a copy of the standards as a report from My Accreditation. Please check the events calendar for course dates.

ACA Standards Update Course

Prerequisite: Prior completion of the Basic Standards Course, October 2011 or later.

The ACA Standards Update Course (1.5 CECs) is a review for the camp director or staff member who has previously taken the Basic Standards Course and been actively involved in an ACA accreditation visit in the recent past. A person completing the course on behalf of a camp must actively assist in preparation for the accreditation visit, be on site a significant amount of time during the camp season, and participate fully in the on-site accreditation visit.

A camp representative must complete a basic standards course or standards update course (if appropriate), October 2014 or later, before a 2018 accreditation visit. There is no charge for this course, and ACA membership is not required. Any participant from a currently accredited camp should bring the camp’s updated copy of the Accreditation Process Guide, 2012 Edition, or download a copy of the standards as a report from My Accreditation. Please check the events calendar for course dates.

ACA Associate Visitor Course

Prerequisites: Age 21 or older; current individual ACA membership; submission of Associate Visitor application approved by the ACA local office; completion of current standards course; completion of online course (approx. 2 hours) prior to the in-person course.

The ACA Associate Visitor Course (11 CECs) provides training to those who wish to volunteer as accreditation visitors. Participants will learn the roles and responsibilities of a visitor, including legal implications of visitor actions; develop information-gathering skills; and use resources available to make consistent compliance decisions. Participants will also understand the educational value of accreditation and become positive representatives and advocates for ACA. There is no charge for this course. Each participant will receive a copy of the Accreditation Process Guide, 2012 Edition, that must be brought to the course. Please check the events calendar for course dates.