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Operational Inspection & Maintenance Course

Regular operational inspections are a key part of your inspection programme.

Paul Capper, in conjuntion with Vertex Training, created the original operational inspection course back in 2014.

This informative and hands-on training course has been designed for your staff to become qualified and competent in the operational inspections required for your course and facility and will cover a variety of topics including:

  • Law, regulations, requirements and responsibilities
  • Paperwork, recording information and record keeping
  • Knowledge of ropes course components, inspections and tolerances
  • Retiring, monitoring and replacing components
  • Additional specialist working at height methods
  • Maintenance on non-critical elements
  • Basic pole and wire inspection
  • Safe and friendly squirrel, insect and woodpecker deterrents
  • Specific inspection criteria regarding your safety systems
Course Summary:
Course Dates: 28th June to 2nd July 2021
Length: 5 Days
Where: Burnbake Ropes Course or your own site
Cost: £550 plus VAT per person
Min No. In order for the course to run a minimum of 4 participants will be required (max is 8)
Requirements: Minimum age is 18 and you must either hold an ERCA Generic Rescuer qualification, or have significant experience of working at height and accessing to attend this course.

All participants will be given the opportunity to join the Capstone "Operational Inspection & Maintenance Network".

To find out more, enquire or book a place on the training course please contact ops@capstone-inspections.com.

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Poles Course Inspection Training

Wooden Poles play a key role within the ropes course industry.

Due to their limited lifespan and exposure to external elements, wooden poles require a comprehensive inspection. Being familiar with wooden poles, the specifications, treatments, maintenance, durability and structure of them is an essential part of being a Pole Inspector.

This informative and hands-on course has been designed by Capstone and co-written by David Borrie. David is one of the UK's leading experts on wooden poles having worked in the utility sector and been part of the team who wrote EN 14229:2010 Structural timber. Wood poles for overhead lines.

This course is ideal for anyone wishing to further their knowledge and understanding of wooden poles.

If you are an operator of a pole-based course, work within construction of the industry and/or want to further your inspection qualifications to become a Type C Inspector, you will find this practical, hands-on course both informative and invaluable. It also fulfils the pre-requisite for the Type C ERCA Inspector Training Programme.

The course covers but is not limited to:
  • Inspection methods
  • Pole specification
  • Pole species
  • Structure and properties of wood
  • Durability of wood
  • Wood preservation
  • Wood degradation
  • Wood decay
  • Reporting and recording
  • Discard criteria of wooden poles
  • Treatment of poles
  • Maintenance of pole
  • Repair of poles
Course Summary:
Course Dates: TBC
Length: 3 Days
Where: Open course Burnbake Ropes Course or your own site
Cost: £400 plus VAT per person
Min No. In order for the course to run a minimum of 6 participants will be required (max is 8)
Requirements: Minimum age is 18 and you must either hold an ERCA Generic Rescuer qualification, or have significant experience of working at height and accessing

All participants will be given the opportunity to join a network of ‘Wooden Pole Inspectors’.

To find out more, enquire or book a place on the training course please contact ops@capstone-inspections.com.

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Wire Inspection Training

Having sufficient training and knowledge about wire ropes will help you to manage and maintain your course appropriately and/or enable you to become a Type C Inspector.

This is a ropes course specific, wire rope examiners course written by Nick Moriarty and Paul Capper and delivered by Paul Capper.

It has been designed for operational inspectors, constructors of ropes courses and potential Type C Inspectors who are wanting to become ropes course wire rope examiners and further their knowledge base on wire rope for the ropes course industry.

The course covers but is not limited to:
  • Wire rope construction
  • Types of wire rope
  • Wire rope terminators
  • Wire rope fatigue
  • Wire rope abrasion
  • Wire rope corrosion
  • Understanding the dynamics of wear and tear
  • Lightening
  • Other damages
  • Recording inspections
  • Retirement/discard
  • Physical inspections
  • Proactive treatment
Course Dates: TBC
Length: 2 Days
Where: Burnbake Ropes Course or your own site
Cost: £300 plus VAT
Min No. In order for the course to run a minimum of 4 participants will be required (max is 8)
Requirements: Minimum age is 18 and you must hold an ERCA Generic Rescuer qualification to attend this course

All participants will be given the opportunity to join a network of 'Wire Rope Inspectors’.

To find out more, enquire or book a place on the training course please contact ops@capstone-inspections.com.


Inaugural, Periodical and Operational Inspections on:
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PPE
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Poles
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High Ropes
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Zipwires
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Low Ropes
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Climbing Walls
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Via Ferrata
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Playgrounds
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Net Parks
Training Courses

Operational inspection & maintenance courses, poles course inspection training and wire course inspection training.

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Our Expertise

28+ Years' Experience in all Sectors of the Industry We've been doing this for a long time!
Training Trainers with a wealth of experience.
Global Reach We have clients all over the world.
Inspection Types Operational, inaugural and annual.
Impartial and Independent We are not affiliated with any provider or other company.
Inspector Training Train to become a ropes course inspector.
Free Quotation Contact us for a free, no obligation quote.

Meet the Team

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Some of our international clients' locations.

What Our Clients Say
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Nick MoriartyManaging Director - Ropes Course Developments

Paul Capper was a long serving employee of RCD. In addition to considerable experience as a constructor and trainer he was employed by RCD to oversee its inspection and maintenance requirements.

To this end, Paul is pragmatic in his approach, judicious in his judgements and brings with him a wealth of experience that is unsurpassed in his field. RCD recommends his services for all types of ropes course inspections.

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James MittinsDirector - JM Adventure

Capstone Inspections deliver a professional service, carrying out inaugural inspections post construction of our High Ropes Courses and offering sound, professional advice to ensure we conform to the relevant EN standards. 

With regular updates from Capstone Inspections we have been able to keep up to date with regulations and periodically review and improve our designs. We also recommend Capstone carry out the annual inspection to all our clients.

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Kees Jan VerwaalManaging Director - Funcha

As designer and builder of ropes courses regarding the standard EN 15567-1, -2, we found out that Capstone Inspections are the best party to find for Inaugural and Annual inspections.

Paul Capper is very dedicated to carry out his job, he is very sharp on safety and as we have seen due to his over 20 years of experience he is tremendously skilled to carry out inspections at all kind of ropes courses. I thoroughly would recommend one to hire the knowledge and capability from Capstone Inspections for your ropes course and high events!

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Steve WoodsDirector - Vertex Instructor Training

Vertex has worked with Capstone for many years and considers them to be the most experienced ropes course and adventure park inspection company in the industry. Paul Capper also undertakes Instructor & Rescuer Training as well as bespoke training on behalf of Vertex and is a highly regarded and excellent trainer. 

We worked together with Capstone to create the original Operational Inspection & Maintenance Training Course, designed for your staff to become qualified and competent in the operational inspections required for your course and facility to meet the requirements of EN 15567: 2015. We would have no hesitation in recommending Paul and his team for all your inspection needs.

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Johara Sykes-DaviesBrand Manager - Zip World

A ropes course should be both structurally sound and operationally safe. A structurally robust ropes course is not necessarily safe for use - a factor often overlooked by structural engineers. Safety is the number one priority for Zip World. Inspections ensure adventures are fit for purpose in every respect; however, this requires extensive experience on the part of the inspection body. This can only be achieved through many years of relevant experience combined with a high level of competence. 

Capstone’s inspectors have many years experience in ropes course construction, maintenance and operation. Capstone plays an important role in all of our inspection processes.

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Jonathan WalterManaging Director - Flying Fox - Kenya

Capstone provides more than just an inspection process, Paul Capper is a source of invaluable industry-specific advice on safe zip-line operations.

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(+44) 07365 673770

Our Locations

HQ Operations Team - Dorset UK
Inspection Team- North Wales, Cumbria, South West UK

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Company No. 06605269

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