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City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Tree Climbing and Rescue

Course Details

This course is for those wishing to climb trees and perform aerial rescue. Topics covered will include: regulations, industry best practice, climbing equipment, access and movement techniques within trees to achieve work positions.

COURSE ASSESSMENT:

The assessment is with an independent assessor and will be made up of both practical assessment and one to one questioning.

Entry Requirements:

This qualification requires reading and interpreting of information such as safety instructions and technical knowledge and prepares participants for N.P.T.C independent assessment. This intensive practical course requires a good level of physical fitness and an ability to study written technical information.

There is no qualification, pre-requisites for this course however participants must be comfortable working at heights in excess of 10 meters and be aged 16 or over

Course Requirements

Equipment is provided for this course but participants may prefer, for their comfort and safety, to bring their own climbing equipment as outlined below.

All tree climbing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and rigging equipment must comply with LOLER Regulations. This means that trainees must be able to produce evidence that their equipment has been thoroughly examined by a “competent person” (in the last 6 months for climbing equipment and 12 months for rigging equipment), and also inspected weekly with an accompanying record which can verify this.

EQUIPMENT LIST FOR AERIAL RESCUE

  • Approved tree climbing harness in good condition. CE marked with leg loops
  • Climbing rope - min 12 mm, 35-50m long recommended without any defects
  • 2 x self-locking 3 movement Karabiners
  • 1 or more Maillon Rapide
  • 3 x self-locking Karabiners for rescues or attaching saws
  • 2 x whipped tails or 2 lengths of rope 2m long, of 12mm diameter
  • 2 x Prussik loop or similar
  • 1 adjustable strop for rescues

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

  • Protective toe-capped boots with good grip and ankle support
  • Approved climbing helmet, (Climbing EN 12492 / EN 397) with chinstrap (not exceeding 5 years old
  • Non-snag outer clothing, thick trousers are preferred. The use of high visibility clothing may also be appropriate
  • Suitable eye protection
  • Ear protection
  • All round leg and groin protection
  • Personal First Aid Kit (containing a large wound dressing
  • Whistle

If you are using your own equipment, our instructor will check that it is safe to use and complies with industry best practice.

WHAT QUALIFICATION WILL I GAIN IF I SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE COURSE?

City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Tree Climbing and Rescue

WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

Mandatory qualifications are needed, to enter the industry and learners can progress from Level 2 to Level 3. Following the successful completion of this qualification the next qualification that could follow would be

    • City & Guilds N.P.T.C Level 3 award in Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Free-fall Techniques
    • City & Guilds N.P.T.C Level 3 Award in Severing Uprooted or Windblown Trees using a Chainsaw.
    • City & Guilds N.P.T.C Level 3 Award in Aerial Tree Rigging

HOW DO I APPLY/JOIN THIS COURSE?

To reserve a place on this course you can complete the reservation email ruralskills@nsc.ac.uk or telephone The Gateway Education and Arts Centre on 01743-562061/562063


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