Tree Climbing and Rescue


This course incorporates the Level 2 Award in Accessing a Tree Using a Rope & Harness (0020-07 Unit 206 or CS38.1 as it was formally known) and the Level 3 Award in Aerial Tree Rescue Operations (0021-06 unit 306 or CS38.2 as it was formally known). The qualification you will receive following successful completion and assessment will be equivalent to CS38 as it was formally known or as it is now – 0020-13 Units 206 & 306 – Award in Tree Climbing and Rescue.

Who is it 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.

When you’ve completed this training, you will be able 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
  • 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

Course sessions:

  • 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


This course is a non assessed course followed by an independent assessment (assessment code 0020-13 units 206 & 306) from an independently appointed City & Guilds (NPTC) Assessor, whereby successful candidates will receive a City & Guilds (NPTC) Certificate of Competence.

The assessment is 2 compulsory unit and usually takes half a day to complete:

Unit 206 – Award in Accessing a Tree Using a Rope and Harness.

Unit 306 – Award in Aerial Tree Rescue Operations.


For further information, availability and pricing please contact us.

5 Day Course

City & Guilds Assessment No. 0020-13 (IND) Units 206 & 306.

Formally Known As CS38

Pre-requisites: None



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