Course Information

Who is the course for?

A practical course designed for the professional user or anyone who requires the National Proficiency Test Council (NPTC) Certificate of Competence.

What does the course involve?

The course covers tree climbing and aerial rescue techniques. On successful completion, students will be able to climb safely to any point within the canopy of a mature tree.

What makes this course special?

Provides the practical skills and underpinning knowledge that is required prior to being assessed for the Certificate of Competence, as required by legislation.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course. Learners will be required to bring the following:

  • Steel-toe capped boots suitable for tree climbing
  • All weather non-snag outdoor clothing
  • Lunch - a packed lunch and flask, as the majority of the course will be off-site 
  • Writing materials (preferably a small pocket notebook)
  • An emergency whistle (available from most outdoor pursuits shops)
  • Sharp retractable pocket knife suitable for cutting 14mm nylon rope

Leaners may also bring their own tree climbing equipment should they wish, which will need to be checked for suitability by the course instructor.

What are the assessment methods?

A practical half day assessment with an external NPTC assessor following the course.

How long is the course?

The course in held on demand for 28 hours usually within one week, near the Cannington Campus.

What are the progression options?

NPTC Chainsaw Operation CS39.  (CS30, CS31 and CS38 must be complete to make this progression).

For further course information and to book a place, please email or call 01278 655065.


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