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Level 3 Award in Aerial Rescue Techniques (NPTC qual number 21-06)

(**previously known as CS38*)


This standard covers tree climbing (using both ladders and climbing equipment) to carry out rescues in a variety of contexts (pruning operation, cutting, dismantling or rigging). The aerial rescues include recovery of both conscious and unconscious casualties.


Tree climbing and aerial rescue is a 5 day training course, taking up to 4 delegates and is followed by an independent NPTC assessment on a separate day.


Course content

  • Risk Assessments
  • Regulations
  • Inspection of equipment – LOLER 98
  • Climb a tree with rope and harness- branch walk
  • Rescue plans
  • Rescue a casualty from a tree
  • Achieve a safe work position in a tree and use a hand saw to cut small branches

Course Details:

Accrediting body:

NPTC City & Guilds



5 days training

1 day assessment