Who is the course for?
Anyone climbing trees “professionally”. This course involves NO chainsaw use and can be completed prior to units CS30 or CS31 for people who want to use a chainsaw in a tree, or as a stand-alone unit for tree inspectors, bat workers, etc.
This course must be completed prior to CS39, CS40 or CS41.
5 days for less experienced users, some learners may require more time to become proficient.
3 days for experienced users i.e. 3 years experience recommended.
• Safe working practices
• Tree climbing equipment
• Rope configurations, tree access techniques
• Work positioning, light branch removal
• Tree descent
• Aerial rescue
• Legislative issues
• Tree Identification
• Flip lines and spikes
• Pre-Assessment guidance
What should you bring to the course?
Personal Protective Equipment : Work gloves, work boots with good tread, helmet with chinstrap
Candidates will also need 35mtrs of 13mm climbing rope, 2 “whip tails”, 2 prussick loops, Climbing Harness, 5 Karabinas (including a minimum of 3 Triple action). 1 Maillon Rapide, Spikes. All support equipment must comply with LOLER.
Personal First Aid kit attached to harness.
Please bring packed lunch and drinks for each day and sufficient warm clothing & wet weather gear to allow for weather conditions. Sun protection is advised for those rare occasions that we see it – minimum recommended is SPF 15 but this can be higher depending on skin type.
Candidates undertaking the 308 (CS39) course may want to wear their chainsaw PPE
to help prepare for the training.
Tree Climbing & Aerial Rescue Courses – Equipment List
Work Trousers – (not shorts)
Gloves – optional
Helmet with chinstrap
Boots – stout footwear, steel toe-caps or chainsaw/climbing boots (must have good tread)
First Aid Kit (with whistle & knife with retractable blade)
Climbing Rope – 13mm diameter Pre- stretched Tree Rope by 35metres long
Approved tree climbing harness in good condition, CE marked
2 self locking, triple action karabiners
3 self locking or screw-gate karabiners for attaching tools
one maillon rapide
2 whip tails (or lengths of rope 11mm or 12mm and 2 to 3 metres long)
one prussic loop or similar for rescues
Spikes – will probably be required for assessment, but not necessarily for training
Note: We are able to provide ropes and harness for training, strictly by arrangement in advance of training. Please ensure that you contact us if you would like us to provide climbing equipment.
As with all outdoor courses, several thin layers of warm clothing are better than one thick layer
Please note that any climber who may be going on to chainsaw use (CS39) may wish to wear the correct chainsaw PPE in order to familiarise themselves with climbing in this equipment.
You will be given an application form for your test during the course and given advice and guidance on the application procedure. You will also be given feedback at the end of the training to help you prepare for your test.
The test comprises a separate practical assessment with questions (about 2-3 hours) and is arranged through one of the local NPTC test centres. Individuals normally arrange their own assessments direct with the test centre, but we can assist in this process if required. It is normal practice for students to apply once they have completed their training, this can give students time to practice or read up on their notes. It can also spread the cost a little as the assessments are quite expensive.
Some students prefer to go straight to their assessments within a few days of the course, if you want to do this the application form would need to be submitted to the NPTC test centre (with payment) in advance of the course and a date arranged. We can email you an application form that you can use for this – please ask.
You will need to provide a passport photo to NPTC with the test application.
Don’t forget that you will need to provide all your own equipment for the assessments
Assessment Schedule available at http://www.nptc.org.uk/qualificationschemes.aspx?id=3
On successful completion of assessment – NPTC Certificate of Competence
Refresher Training is recommended about every 3 years.
Come and join us at our next ‘open course’ – please contact us for details or check
our website for dates and prices
Do you have a group?
Our instructor may be able to come to your site/workplace – please ask for details
All trainees must be over 16 years of age and be “physically fit”. Anyone under the age of 18 can only use a chainsaw under the supervision of a certificated operator. Persons with certain ailments or on certain medication may not be able to take part in the practical sessions