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Level 3 Award in Aerial Tree Pruning and Level 3 Award in Aerial Tree Rigging

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

If you achieve this qualification, you will have the opportunity to obtain a competency card for employment within the key professional sectors, thus enabling further employment opportunities for which competency is a significant requirement.

Overview of the course: 

This is a combined course which covers;
Level 3 Award in Aerial Pruning (Formerly CS40): Arboricultural Pruning Operations requires you to climb trees and use the relevant ropes and harness, along with a chainsaw, in order to carry out pruning operations. It is therefore essential when combining these activities that you have all round total confidence and expertise in what you are doing, so to avoid any accidents.
Level 3 Award in Aerial Tree Rigging (Formerly CS41): This unit will explain how to evaluate the tree for hazards as well as performing an assessment of working at height. This will identify the correct selection of rigging equipment to be used. Then the safe removal of tree sections using suitable rigging and appropriate cuts.

Entry requirements: 

All candidates must hold the Level 2 award in chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting (CS30), Level 2 award in felling and processing trees up to 380mm (CS31), Level 2 award in accessing a tree using a role and harness (CS38. 1), Award in aerial tree rescue operations (CS38. 2) and also a Award in aerial cutting of trees using free fall techniques (CS39). Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.
East Durham College's Houghall Campus is committed to providing a supportive and welcoming environment for all our students. The campus, some of which is over 80 years old, has seen over £40m invested in new facilities over the last 4 years. However, there are still some aspects of the site which are not fully accessible and would cause an issue for those with limited mobility or wheelchair users; and due to the nature of the site, adjustments may not always be reasonable at this stage. The College is committed to further investment and improvements of the site, as we work towards ensuring the campus is as assessible as possible. If you have limited mobility or are a wheelchair user and wish to undertake a course at the Houghall Campus, please contact Student Services on 0191 375 4710 in the first instance to discuss your needs and options.


This 5 day practical course will cover the following:
Crown thinning
Crown reduction
The new rope rigging/zip line techniques

How is the course assessed?: 

The course is assessed by a external practical assessment by NPTC the day after training

Further study options after this course: 

Additional practical units can be added to further industry skills

Length of the course: 

This is a 5 day practical course with a practical assessment on the day after training


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

The course runs at various times throughout the year subject to demand.

More important information about this course:


Please contact us to enquire about flexible payment plan options, the fees payable are:

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (11 Oct 2021 12:15) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

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How to apply: 

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