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Level 3 Award in Aerial Tree Pruning and Level 3 Award in Aerial Tree Rigging (CS40/41)

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).


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:


Fees are payable in advance.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (20 Jun 2018 12:10) 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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