NPTC Tree Climb 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 400 hectares of woodland, some of which is ancient woodland, provides the ideal location to study this course.

A reasonable level of fitness is required.

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.

  • Personal protective equipment.
  • *Chainsaw protective helmet (complying with EN 397)
  • *Chainsaw protective gloves (complying with EN 381-7)
  • *Chainsaw protective boots (complying with BS EN ISO 20345:2004 and bearing a shield depicting a chainsaw
  • Personal first-aid kit, including a large-wound dressing.

*The items marked with an asterisk should bear the chainsaw logo and show the chain speed to which they have been tested.

You could apply for our other arboriculture courses or, following successful assessment, climb trees commercially.

The cost includes all instruction and use of equipment, registration and assessment fees.

Catering facilities may or may not be open on site, therefore you are more than welcome to bring a packed lunch.

Please note: Due to Covid restrictions PPE can no longer be hired from the College.

A map of the college will be supplied in your joining instructions. Please ensure you arrive early to locate your meeting place and ensure a prompt start time.

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