ACA Standards Instructor Courses

Become an ACA Standards Instructor

Standards Instructors are volunteers who have extensive experience with the ACA accreditation program and are trained to teach the curricula offered for camp directors and visitors. It is highly encouraged that local standards chairs and standards committee members are instructors. While it is generally preferred that accreditation-related training courses are taught by two or more people, instructors may teach independently if needed. Associate instructors must teach with a co-instructor until re-evaluated and promoted to an instructor.


Some of the desired competencies of instructor candidates include:

  • Understanding how adults learn. 
  • Ability to provide feedback that supports the educational aspects of the accreditation process.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of education in the accreditation process.
  • Ability to interpret standards in multiple settings and to articulate those interpretations. 
  • Ability to lead a team and guide a process to an end result.
  • Ability to relate to people in a positive and supportive manner, and manage conflict.
  • Ability to analyze and educate through a review of written and oral information.
  • Ability to articulate the mission of ACA, the value of the camp experience, and the role of the accreditation process in risk management. 

How to Apply 

  1. Review the Standards Instructor Service Description
  2. Chose a course below.
  3. Complete the application and submit to local standards chair or appropriate staff member for endorsement/signature. The local Standards Chair or staff member must submit the application to the ACA, Inc. Accreditation Department by the application deadline.  No applications will be accepted or processed without proper endorsement.
  4. Additional course/travel information will be sent once minimum participants are reached, or by the application deadline.


Course 1

Course 2

Date October 28-30, 2019 December 3-5, 2019

Start (28th): 2:00pm
End (30th): 12:00noon

Start (3rd): 2:00pm
End (5th): 12:00noon

Location Camp Capers
Waring, TX
Camp Canonicus
Exeter, RI
Lodging Double occupancy
hotel-style rooms 
w/2 queen beds & private bath

Double occupancy

Twin beds & in-room bath

Application Deadline September 30, 2019   November 4, 2019
Airport San Antonio, TX Providence, RI
  Application Application

IMPORTANT TRAVEL NOTE: Travel arrangements should not be made until participants are notified that the minimum participant number has been reached. Reimbursements for travel will not be approved if made prior to this notification. If the minimum is not reached by the registration deadline, the course will be canceled. Should you want a rental car, that cost will be incurred by the individual (not ACA). Instructions about travel will be provided by the application deadline.

Contact your ACA staff if you have questions regarding the course or travel.