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Content / Overview
This 5 day course is designed for the complete climbing novice or an improver with basic climbing skills.
Modules: Risk assessments of tree climbing operations; legislation related to tree climbing; selecting, inspecting and using a range of tree climbing equipment and techniques; pre-climb tree inspection; climbing a tree safely, moving around the crown and descending to the ground; carrying out aerial rescues from different situations.
Why Study Here
Courses are taught by experienced, highly skilled tutors who attend specific annual industry training programmes. The arboriculture workshops are fully resourced with a wide range of harnesses to choose from. The pro-active approach of the department ensures that all harnesses and related tools and equipment are up-to-date with modern technology and current legislation. Work takes place on the Merrist Wood estate where a range of open-grown trees will be selected and classified, to suit all abilities. The estate's 51.8 hectares of woodland, some of which is ancient woodland, provides the ideal location to study this course.
This course is designed to prepare a novice or improver standard climber for NPTC units 206 and 306 (formally Unit 38) assessment (you do not take the assessment as part of the course).
Apply direct – no interview necessary
A reasonable level of fitness is required.
Through a variety of practical and theory lessons
Preparation for NPTC units 206 and 306 (formally know as unit 38). Details on how to apply to the NPTC will be given on the course.
Apply for other arboriculture courses or, following successful assessment, climb trees commercially.
The cost includes all instruction and use of equipment but does not include NPTC registration or assessment(which are the £450 advisory costs). Non-snag clothing and steel toe capped boots complying to EN 345-1 will need to be worn.
All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.
There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').