Current legislation requires that all those who undertake tree climbing operations utilising a rope and harness must be appropriately trained and qualified. The training course offered by Derby College Group equips candidates to undertake an industry-compliant ‘Certificate of Competence’ assessment.
You will need to be at least 18 years of age.
This is a physically demanding course and consequently you must have a good level of general fitness and a head for heights.
The course will cover:
Assessment leading to certification will take place as soon as possible following the successful completion of the training course.
All specialist climbing equipment can be provided by the College, for which a fee will be charged.
Please note that equipment is not available for hire for the assessment. You will therefore need to have other arrangements in place for your assessment.
If candidates wish to use their own climbing equipment, this is acceptable providing that it complies with current legislation. All climbing equipment must have a current LOLER certification, which will need to be produced at the start of the course.
It is recommended that candidates do not purchase specialist equipment prior to the course. During the training, our tutor will offer advice on the purchase of all specialist equipment.
Derby College Group offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Arboriculture, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Group Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
An award-winning mature student says he felt a sense of "privilege" to be trained by lecturers at Broomfield Hall. Andrew Fretwell, 39, took redundancy from his supervisor's job at Tesco in Alfreton and decided to relaunch his career in arboriculture. He completed his one year Level 2 Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture as the only student to gain a Distinction* – and was named Arboriculture Student of the Year.
Andrew said he felt proud to gain the accolade and gave particular praise to lecturer Simon Hunt, who he said had contributed hugely to his achievements. Now Andrew has set up Green Line Tree Services with his friend Mark Hall, who also took taking redundancy from Tesco. Mark joined Andrew in retraining at Broomfield where he gained a Distinction. Andrew said:
I loved the course from start to finish. Every aspect of each section had somebody knowledgeable. It felt like a privilege having the chance to get trained by them, and especially by Simon Hunt who gave us a lot of attention. Simon is trained to a really high level and he'd come in once a week to help with practical training.