This short course does not involve the use of a chainsaw but covers the minimum requirements for a ground person working with a climber and conducting an aerial tree rescue.
Equipment: appropriate footwear is required (steel toe cap boots are recommended)
Who is it for?
This course is designed for arborists, tree surgeons, people who have jobs that require tree climbing or people wishing to enter the forestry industry.
On successful completion of this course, you will receive an NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue from City & Guilds.
This course is delivered over 5 consecutive days including assessment. From January 2022, the course will be delivered over 5 consecutive days with an assessment taking place the following week.
What will I learn?
- Risk assessment of tree climbing operations
- Select and inspect a range of tree climbing equipment and PPE
- Safe working practices and tree access techniques
- Carry out pre-climb inspection and understand why this is done
- Requirements of the Working at Heights Regulations
- Prepare a work plan
- Animal species covered by the Wildlife and Countryside Act when climbing trees
- Legal, environmental factors and requirements of LOLER legislation
- Rope, Cord and Karabiners – types and use
- Effects on the tree of using climbing irons
- Knotts – type and how to do them
- Set up climbing system, safely climb tree & establish anchor points
- Branch walking techniques, moving around the crown & descending to the ground
- Aerial rescue techniques
- Key elements of a rescue plan
- Information required by emergency services
- Tree and pole rescues – 2 or 3 person team
- Alternative rescue methods
- Basic First Aid Principles (BRAB) & dealing with unconscious people or spinal injuries
- Actions to take after rescue
- Tree identification
You will be assessed by external and independent City & Guilds / NPTC assessors who will assess you by means of oral questioning and observation of practical tasks that you have undertaken during the training course