NPTC Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue

Course overview

This course is designed to prepare a novice climber for the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue.

Merrist Wood has developed an excellent reputation for arboriculture expertise and coupled with our award-winning Learning Philosophy, we are able to offer a practical education, tailored to your needs.

Courses are taught by experienced, highly-skilled tutors who attend specific annual industry training programmes. The arboriculture workshops are fully resourced with a wide range of harnesses to choose from. The proactive approach of the department ensures that all harnesses and related tools and equipment are up-to-date with modern technology and current legislation.

Work takes place on the Merrist Wood estate, where a range of open-grown trees will be selected and classified, to suit all abilities. The estate’s 51.8 hectares of woodland, some of which is ancient woodland, provides the ideal location to study this course.

The course tuition fee does not include the National Proficiency Test Council (NPTC ) registration or assessment fees.

Please note: If you wish to take the assessment at the end of this course and qualify for your Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card and certificate, you will need to pay a registration and assessment fee.

  • Registration: £33.00
  • Assessment: £110.00

Therefore, if you are paying for registration and assessment, with the addition of the tuition fee of £800.00, total fees would be £943.00.

All fees are payable to us.

Modules include:

  • risk assessments of tree climbing operations
  • legislation related to tree climbing
  • selecting, inspecting and using a range of tree climbing equipment and techniques
  • pre-climb tree inspection
  • climbing a tree safely, moving around the crown and descending to the ground
  • carrying out aerial rescues from different situations

Through a variety of practical and theory lessons.

A reasonable level of fitness is required.

Apply for other arboriculture courses or, following successful assessment, climb trees commercially.

The cost includes all instruction and use of equipment. Non-snag clothing and steel toe capped boots will need to be worn or can be hired from the college for an extra cost.

You will need to bring:

Personal protective equipment or complete a booking form to request hire.

  • Chainsaw helmet (complying with EN 397)
  • Steel toe capped boots, ideally with ankle support
  • Personal first-aid kit, including a large wound dressing
Course Starts in 81 Days

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