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 the College 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:
External assessment leading to certification will take place as soon as possible following the successful completion of the training course. NPTC assessments are organised through Derbyshire Landskills.
All specialist climbing equipment can be provided by the College, for which a fee will be charged.
Please note 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 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 Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Former Arboriculture student Andy Smith has his sights set on using the skills he learnt at Derby College in Australia.
Andy, who has family in Australia already in the profession, decided to come back to College to gain new skills and turn his life around.
I had been in a pretty dead end job so decided to go back to College and loved every minute of it. The course is great and the tutors are really knowledgeable. I have started the process of moving to Australia as they need people with my skills and I hope to be there in a few months.