East Malling Short Courses

Tree Climbing and Rescue (CS38)


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Cost: £875
Duration: 5 Days
Certification: Level 2 NPTC City & Guilds or LANTRA
Assessment Type: 1/2 day practical independent assessment
(The cost of the assessment is included in the cost of the course)
Course Prerequisites: See below

This course combines the knowledge and skills to access a tree using a rope and harness and those required to carry out tree rescue.

This course is for people who are already working in, or are looking to work in, one of the following industries:

  • Arboriculture
  • Forestry
  • Woodland industries
  • Local authorities
  • Conservation

Please be aware that to take this course, you must be physically fit and not suffering from vertigo or similar conditions. You must also be free from medication that could affect your safety.

Our Access a Trees Using a Rope and Harness and Aerial Tree Rescue Operations training course covers the essential safety guidelines, equipment, inspection and planning needed to access a tree and carry out a successful rescue, this training could help you save lives.

When you’ve completed this training, you will be able to:

  • Understand the legislation relating to tree climbing
  • Identify a range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate to work positioning systems
  • Identify hazards and manage the associated risks
  • Choose appropriate anchor points
  • Tie, dress and set a range of tree climbing knots
  • Carry out visual tree inspection
  • Carry out pre-use inspection of tree climbing equipment
  • Choose appropriate anchor points
  • Use techniques for safe and efficient ascent and descent
  • Understand the duties of a competent grounds person
  • Establish safe and comfortable work positions
  • Use climbing irons safely and efficiently
  • Store tree climbing equipment appropriately

Course sessions:

  • HSE legislation and safety guidelines
  • Tree climbing equipment
  • Visual tree inspection
  • Rope configurations
  • Access techniques and work positioning principles
  • Final anchor point and work positioning techniques
  • Use a flip-line and climbing irons (spikes)
  • Storing equipment
Duration: 5 Days

Please be aware that to take this course, you must be physically fit and not suffering from vertigo or similar conditions.
You will also need to be 18 years old or over to attend this course with us.

You will be required to provide your own PPE and equipment. Please ensure that each item is in a good state of repair and meets current British Safety approved standards.

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing appropriate to the training and the weather conditions.

You will need to bring your own drinks and lunch for the day.

You will need to supply:

  • tree climbing harness, either full or sit type
  • tree climbing rope, minimum 12mm diameter and of suitable length (recommended 30mtrs long)
  • climbing irons (spikes).
  • six triple action karabiners
  • work positioning adjustable strop (either grillion or short rope with prussic
  • four prussic loops or split tails
  • any climbing or lifting equipment used during the NPTC assessment must be LOLER compliant – this means that it should be uniquely identifiable and have a record of thorough inspection presented with it.

Personal protective equipment required:

  • protective work boots (not rigger boots)
  • non-snag clothing
  • combination helmet with four point chin strap EN12492
  • personal first aid kit suitable to take up a tree
  • knife with retractable blade
  • whistle.

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