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Aerial Tree Rigging NPTC Level 3 Award

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    For more information or to enrol onto this course, please contact our Business Development team on 01234 291747 or email

This course is for an advanced arborist chainsaw operator carrying out aerial tree pruning operations and will introduce you to the use of a chainsaw and/or other pruning tools, working from a rope and harness in conjunction with a ground person in medium-sized, open grown trees.


Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need to have completed:

  • Unit 201 – Maintenance of the Chainsaw and Cutting System ( Formerly CS30)
  • Unit 202 – Cross-Cut Timber Using a Chainsaw (Formerly CS30)
  • Unit 203 – Fell and Process Trees up to 380mm (Formerly CS31)
  • Unit 206 – Access a Tree Using a Rope and Harness (Formerly CS38)
  • Unit 306 – Carry out Aerial Rescue Operations (Formerly CS38)
  • Unit 308- Use of a chainsaw for free fall techniques (Formerly CS39)

Course content

You will study the following topics:

  • Identify, inspect and comment upon key parts of the equipment to be used
  • Prepare the equipment for use ensuring the safety of yourself, other people and the environment
  • Comment upon the structure, condition and properties of the tree(s) to be worked upon
  • Use a chainsaw and other pruning tools whilst maintaining a working position within the crown of a tree using a rope and harness in conjunction with ground staff
  • Understand how to carry out aerial tree rigging

Assessment methods

The assessment for this NPTC course normally takes place within 14 days of the initial training and is a full day.  The assessment cost is included in the course fee. You will receive an NPTC Certificate of Competence.


Aerial Tree Rigging NPTC Level 3 Award (CS41)
Further study and career options

This qualification will be beneficial if you are working in the horticulture and arboriculture industries, or if you are self-employed in a variety of roles, such as a tree surgeon.

Additional information

To take part in this course you must bring PPE (personal protective equipment) and other tools and equipment as listed on the joining instructions. You can also view the PPE and tools list here. These will be emailed to you a few weeks before the course is due to start – please contact us to confirm you have the required items.

Course Information & How to Apply

To book onto this course please contact our Business Development team on 01234 291747 or email

LengthLocationCourse Code
5 days + 1 additional day for assessments Shuttleworth College B1344S3


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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