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Tree Climbing, Aerial Rescue & Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness (previously CS38 and CS39) Units 203/204 C&G

Tree work can be very dangerous, and it is essential that you have training in order to ensure that you are fully protected, and aware of all the safety issues. Our basic tree climbing, aerial rescue and use of a chainsaw from rope and harness course will provide you with key information and practical guidance so that you are able to work safely and securely in the trees whilst using a chainsaw.

These courses can be completed individually or consecutively.  Please click below for details for the separate courses:

Basic Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue – Unit 203 (CS38 as was)

Using a Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness – Unit 204 (CS39 as was)

Who is it for?

Our course is for anyone who works with trees, and needs training in basic tree climbing, aerial rescue and using a chainsaw from a rope and harness. Naturally you will need to be physically fit, not be on medication that could affect your safety in any way, and importantly not suffer from a fear of heights!

You must already have a qualification in Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross Cutting and Felling up to 380mm – units 201 and 202 (CS30 & CS31 as was)

This course provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the assessment for the City and Guilds/NTPC Level 2 Award in ‘Tree Climbing and Rescue’ and ‘Using a Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness’. These are now Units 203 and 204 (CS38/CS39 as was)


Course Content

  • Understand the legislation relating to tree climbing and pertaining to the use of a chainsaw from a rope and harness.
  • Identify a range of personal protective equipment
  • Inspect Climbing Harness and Identify Features
  • Tie, dress and set a range of tree climbing knots.
  • Identify hazards and manage the associated risks.
  • Choose appropriate anchor points.
  • Use techniques for safe, efficient ascent and descent.
  • Understand the duties of a competent ground person.
  • Establish safe and comfortable work positions.
  • Understand correct final pruning position and the 1-2-3 method of branch removal.
  • Carry out aerial rescue techniques.
  • Understand the safety considerations to be observed in organising a work site.
  • Carry out pre-start checks to the chainsaw, cold and hot starting techniques.
  • Demonstrate techniques for hauling chainsaws into the tree and attaching them appropriately to the harness.
  • Use appropriate techniques for establishing secure and comfortable work positions.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of various step and sink cuts and correct final pruning cuts.
  • Use top-handled and lightweight rear-handled chainsaws in a safe and efficient manner to remove light and medium weight branches.
  • Understand and fulfil the duties and responsibilities of a competent ground person.
Tree Climbing, Aerial Rescue & Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness Course

Course summary


Learners will require...

  • Chainsaw, Top or rear handled
  • Hand saw for tree work
  • PPE
  • Tools, fuel and oil
  • Personal tree climbing equipment.
  • Ropes, karabiners and other equipment for aerial rescue.
  • Personal first aid kit attached to harness.
  • Packed lunch



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