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Access a Trees Using a Rope and Harness and Aerial Tree Rescue Operations

Course Objectives

To enable course members to:

  • Understand the legislation relating to tree climbing
  • Identify a range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) appropriate to work positioning systems Identify hazards and manage the associated risks
  • Choose appropriate anchor points
  • Tie, dress and set a range of tree climbing knots
  • Carry out visual tree inspection
  • Carry out pre-use inspection of tree climbing equipment
  • Choose appropriate anchor points
  • Use techniques for safe and efficient ascent and descent
  • Understand the duties of a competent grounds person
  • Establish safe and comfortable work positions
  • Use climbing irons safely and efficiently
  • Store tree climbing equipment appropriately

Who is the Course For?

This course is for people who are already working in, or are looking to work in, one of the following industries:

  • Arboriculture Forestry
  • Woodland industries
  • Local authorities
  • Conservation

Please be aware that to take this course, you must be physically fit and not suffering from vertigo or similar conditions. You must also be free from medication that could affect your safety. Also, there may be pre-requisite training and/or assessment required before undertaking this training course. Learners should seek advice from their Lantra Awards training provider.

This course is not appropriate for persons under 16 years of age.


  • Duration: 5 Days

Course Content

  • HSE legislation and safety guidelines
  • Tree climbing equipment
  • Visual tree inspection
  • Rope configurations
  • Access techniques and work positioning principles
  • Final anchor point and work positioning techniques
  • Use a flip-line and climbing irons (spikes)
  • Storing equipment
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