Climbing Course
Units 3922 & 3923 (Formerly CS38 & 39) Tree Climbing,  Aerial Rescue,  Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Free Fall Techniques

*Course now updated to fully cover two rope techniques*

The climbing course lasts 9 days, spread over 2 weeks. Day one is classroom based, followed by 8 days of practical instruction in a woodland.

This complete course covers the accessing of trees using ropes & harness, carrying out recovery of both conscious and unconscious casualties, and the use of a chainsaw while in a tree.

You will learn to carry out a tree hazard evaluation and perform a ‘working at height’ assessments, to carry out cutting operations using appropriate access techniques, in line with the above assessment, from a rope and harness.

We recommend you bring any of your own PPE, Saw, Climbing equipment etc, that you have.

You must have approved Personal Protective Equipment (chainsaw boots; chainsaw trousers; helmet with face protection & ear defenders;) to use a chainsaw. If you need to hire PPE or other gear for the duration of the course, we can provide this for €100.00.

In accordance with the requirements of Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) all your climbing equipment must be inspected every 6 months.
You must have receipts and/or LOLER inspection documents for all your climbing equipment.

This course requires a good level of fitness, upper body strength, and a head for heights!

Course aims

  • Know how to work safely
  • Be able to access a tree using a rope and harness
  • Be able to move around a tree using a rope and harness
  • Be able to carry out aerial rescue operations
  • Understand how to carry out aerial cutting of trees with a chainsaw using free-fall techniques
  • Be able to carry out aerial cutting of trees with a chainsaw using free-fall techniques
  • Understand relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice

9 days training, plus assessment and all associated documentation costs €1400. Payment must be made in advance to secure a place on the course.

To do this course, you must already hold your ground based chainsaw trickets. Ground Course

Our climbing course is the minumum training & qualification required to climb and prune trees. The qualification is recognised internationally by most employers, councils and insurance companies. To be a good tree surgeon requires lots of training and years of experience. It all starts here!

More info:

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AFAG guide

NPTC Climbing & Rescue Handbook

NPTC Aerial cutting Handbook