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

Level 2

Course code: M03P124
Type: Part Time
Duration: 5 days training and half a day’s practical assessment
Subject area: Forestry & arboriculture
Location: Walford
No fee information available

About the course

This course is for individuals who climb trees as part of their work in arboriculture, forestry or other industries. It will provide the individual with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to climb trees and perform aerial rescue safely and to industry standards in line with current legislation.

Read the C&G/NPTC handbook for this qualification:

What qualification will I gain?

Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue (0039-22)

What you could do next

Mandatory qualifications are needed to enter the industry and learners can progress from Level 2 to Level 3.

The following courses are some of the additional courses available:

  • City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting (0039-20)

  • City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Felling Small Trees up to 380mm (0039-21)

  • City & Guilds NPTC Level 3 Award in Felling and Processing Trees Over 380mm

  • City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Using a Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness (0039-23)

Popular modules

  • Carry out chainsaw maintenance

  • Carry out cross-cutting with a chainsaw

Key facts


  • Walford College


  • 9:00 – 16:15


  • On application

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.


  • Approved tree climbing harness in good condition. CE marked with leg loops

  • Climbing ropes (min 10 mm diameter, 35-50m long) recommended, without any defects and side lanyard(s) – a minimum of 3 systems to ensure you are roped in at all times e.g. x2 ropes & x1 lanyard

  • Prussik loops (friction cord minimum 8mm diameter) or alternative friction devices e.g. zigzag, spider jack. Either SRT (Stationary Rope Technique) or MRT (Moving Rope Technique) systems are permissible.


  • Helmet (climbing style) to BS EN 12492

  • Eye protection may be useful to protect against branches

  • Boots with good grip and ankle support

  • Outer clothing which is snag proof

  • Suitable gripper gloves e.g. with rubber palms

  • Trousers with flex for tree climbing

  • 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 practise.

Assessment methods

Integrated PRACTICAL assessment

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-requisite for this course however participants must be comfortable working at heights in excess of 10 meters and be aged 16 or over.