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Climb Trees and Perform Aerial Rescue NPTC Level 2 Certificate CS38

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This five-day course will give you the chance to learn more about the techniques involved with tree climbing in a safe and secure manner and performing four basic rescue methods. The NPTC qualification will demonstrate that you have the practical skills and technical knowledge required.


Entry requirements

Anyone can attend as there are no pre-requisites for this course – the use of a chainsaw is not involved.

Course content

Units on this course include:

  • Risk assessment and legislation
  • Health and safety
  • Selection and inspection of tree climbing equipment
  • Safe climbing and descent techniques
  • Basic aerial rescue techniques.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Undertake a risk assessment of tree climbing operations
  • Select, inspect and use a range of tree climbing equipment
  • Safely climb a tree, move around the crown and descend to the ground
  • Carry out aerial rescues from different situations. 

This course offers the NPTC Certificate of Competence as an additional qualification.

Assessment methods

The assessment for this NPTC course normally takes place within 14 days of the initial training and is a full day.  The assessment cost is included in the course fee. You will receive an NPTC Certificate of Competence.


Climb Trees and Perform Aerial Rescue NPTC Level 2 Certificate (CS38)
Further study and career options
This course will be beneficial to your career if you are working in the horticulture or arboriculture industries, or if you are self-employed as a tree surgeon.
Additional information
To take part in this course you must bring PPE (personal protective equipment) and other tools and equipment as listed on the joining instructions. You can also view the PPE and tools list here. These will be emailed to you a few weeks before the course is due to start – please contact us to confirm you have the required items.

Course Information & How to Apply

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

In light of the current coronavirus outbreak this course has unfortunately been postponed. Information regarding our 2020-21 part-time courses will be out in May; please complete our enquiry form and we will alert you when they are released.

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LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
5 days + 1 additional day for assessment 22/06/2020 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £720 Shuttleworth College B1306S4 Course in progress
5 days + 1 additional day for assessment 20/07/2020 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £720 Shuttleworth College B1306S5


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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