Training Courses

Aerial Tree Rigging (L3)

Available courses:

  • Aerial Tree Rigging (L3)

    17th Sep 2024
    3 left out of total 4

Using modern lowering equipment to control and safely remove heavy limbs and carry out dismantling and sectional felling. Compare the Hobbs Lowering device and the GRCS side by side. Can include option to bring your ground crew for fully integrated training.

Regulations and Industry Best Practice for working in larger trees

Course Objectives

  • Produce a site specific Risk Assessment for dismantling operations
  • Understand the history of the development of rigging and classic and modern systems
  • Understand legislation relating to rigging operations, especially,  LOLER, PUWER and the Work At Height Regulations
  • Apply and understand the key terms & concepts associated with rigging, including;fall factors, safety factors, MBS, SWL, WLL, CTF, Force, weight, mass acceleration and mechanical advantage
  • Measure rigging loads and section weights using Straightpoint 60KN loadcell
  • Select equipment including ropes, pulleys, slings, karabiners, friction devices appropriate to a range of rigging scenarios.
  • Tie, dress a set a range of rigging knots and know how they affect rope strength and the implications for the system.
  • Carry out basic techniques – Butt, tip tie and balancer

Dependent upon course duration and experience levels

  • Use advanced techniques – Speedline, freeline, redirects, remotely installed anchor


City & Guilds requirements: Please note - Tree Climbing Equipment – LOLER

In order for aerial assessments to commence, you must provide evidence that the equipment to be used is fit for purpose and LOLER compliant. This means that it should have a unique identification and have been thoroughly examined by a competent person. The most current examination record must be provided where equipment is greater than 6 months old. If these records are not available for the Assessor to check, the assessment must not proceed.

We can carry out LOLER inspections, if required. The cost is generally £70 per kit but this does depend on how much equipment there is, what condition it's in and the time taken to log it all on a spreadsheet.



Trainees must hold:

Chainsaw maintenance, cross cutitng and felling trees up to 380mm

Tree climbing and aerial resuce

Use of a chainsaw from a rope and harness

and have a good level of climbing skill.


Training should be refreshed every 3-5 years.


First Aid training is also an essential part of your preparation to use chainsaws, so please look into this if you do not currently hold a relevant qualification. We are pleased to now offer an Emergency Outdoor First Aid at Work course, certificated by the HSE. Ian has a wealth of first aid and trauma experience. Following discussions with him, he has created a more bespoke course for the industry – although all the skills are covered (including catastrophic bleeds and trauma), the scenarios and accidents discussed are tailored to the forestry and arb industry.


What did other people think about this course?

Very good course, learned a lot that will be useful in work 10 yr experienced climber with large local contracting company.

highly relevant – all areas covered foundation degree Arboriculture student.

Course workbook & handouts good, theory sessions very stimulating, part of the training was on a commercial site so similar to a work situation (apart from the pace) Good to use a become familiar with lowering devices, instructor knew answers to all questions. Excellent. I felt that all topics were well covered, gave me a really good understanding of safe working practices. New & up coming research, along with climbing techniques which really help promote a long and prosperous career , 10 year experienced arborist, Brighton based.

Excellent, loads of information from a professional tutor. lots of little techniques that make working more efficient and safe that were perviously unknown to us. Latest research in the field of rigging, Brighton based tree care business owner.