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NPTC Level 2 Award to Climb Trees and Perform Aerial Rescue

Key course information

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based


5 days

Part time


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Course Overview

If you work or are seeking employment within arboriculture, tree surgery or forestry, or have a job that requires tree-climbing, this course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to carry out your work safely and effectively.

Man saws oak chainsaw at height
Man saws oak chainsaw at height

What will I learn?

Units on the course include:

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;
Legal, environmental factors and requirements of LOLER legislation;
Rope, Cord and Karabiners – types and use;
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.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course, although a good level of fitness is advised.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Assessment will be carried out by an NPTC assessor after the five days of training. Subject to assessor availability, this is typically within seven days of the final training day.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Agriculture, Animals and Land Based

Career Opportunities

  • Stock Person
  • Dairy Person
  • Zookeeper

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Groom
  • Tree Surgeon

Grooms who work with competition or racehorses will get many opportunities to travel both in the UK and abroad

Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world

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