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SRUC Training Courses: Chainsaw Operations: Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue Techniques (Formerly CS38)


This five day training course takes place on-site and covers tree climbing and aerial rescue operations (Formerly NPTC CS38). It will be delivered by qualified instructors and leads to assessment in NPTC Level 2 Awards in Tree Climbing and Rescue and Accessing a Tree using a Rope and Harness.

What is Involved?

Identify potential hazards and risks Understand requirements of risk assessments Climbing equipment Tree identification
Identify and inspect equipment as to LOLER regulations
Carry out a plan of operation
Gain access into tree using various techniques
Ascend and descend a tree using rope and harness
Emergency procedures
Rescue a casualty with damaged or undamaged rope and three person team technique
Identify key procedural points when dealing with a casualty
Retrieve, check and store rope and equipment

Entry Requirements

No qualifications are required but candidates should have a good level of fitness as this is a physically demanding course.

Certification/Award on Completion

City and Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Accessing a Tree Using a Rope and Harness and Level 2 Award in Tree Climbing and Rescue

What you will need to bring

Appropriate PPE, Equipment, Passport Photograph and Packed Lunch.

Course Dates

SRUC Oatridge Campus
28 September 2020

Further course dates are scheduled on demand, please contact your local campus to register your interest.


5 days plus assessment

Start/Finish Times

9am to 4.30pm approximately


On customer premises;
SRUC Barony Campus;
SRUC Oatridge Campus.


£925.00 per person. Course fees include training, assessment and registration fees. Please note there is no VAT on our training.


Important update

Individual Training Accounts will open on Monday 13 January 2020.

This phase of the scheme will accept up to 10,000 new applications.

SDS Individual Training Accounts (ITA)

You may be eligible for part funding to support the cost of this course.

Get up to £200 towards the cost of a training course with an SDS Individual Training Account (ITA).

You could use the money to build the skills you need for a job. Or get some training to take your career to the next level. Whatever you want to do, there is a wide range of ITA approved courses on offer.
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How do I book?

To book a place on one of our courses, please complete and return the course booking form to the appropriate campus address or email address shown below. Course fees must be paid in full at the time of booking. Payments can be made over the phone using a debit/credit card, by cheque made payable to SRUC or by Bank Transfer (for bank transfer details please contact your chosen campus).


Cancellations must be made at least 10 working days prior to the course start date otherwise the full course fee is still payable. In the event that SRUC has to cancel a course for any reason your course fees will be refunded in full or your booking transferred to the next available date if this is suitable.


Fiona Lanni (SRUC Barony)


Contact 2

Samantha Bain (SRUC Oatridge)