Climbing, aerial rescue and felling using freefall techniques training course, Unit 206, Unit 306 & Unit 308 training course, CS38/CS39 training course, Unit 206 training course, Unit 306 training course, Unit 308 training course, City and Guilds Chainsaw Training Courses

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Tree Climbing, Aerial Rescue & Felling Using Freefall Techniques (previously CS38/CS39/Units 206/306/308) 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, although there is a cost saving when completing together.  Please click below for details for the separate courses:

Basic Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue – Units 206/306 (CS38 as was).

Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Freefall Techniques – Unit 308 (CS39 as was).

Who is it for?

Our course is for anyone who works with trees, and needs training in basic tree climbing and aerial rescue. 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 also have CS30 & CS31 or Units 201, 202 & 203 – maintenance, cross cutting and felling of small trees, you must be physically fit, and not on any medication that could affect your health, and you must not suffer from vertigo.

This course also provides you with the knowledge and skills needed for the NTPC Level 2 Award in ‘Tree Climbing and Rescue’ and NPTC Level 2 Award in ‘Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Freefall Techniques’. These are Units 206, 306 and 308 (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 & Felling Using Freefall Techniques 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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