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.
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 course 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 and a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
A schoolboy who loved climbing has grown up to be a skilled tree surgeon planning to work on the other side of the world.
Douglas Porter (19) says Derby College "set me up for the future" and he wakes up excited about work every day.
The Tansley teenager's parents used to be Park Rangers on Derbyshire's High Peak Trail and when he went out with them as a boy he "just loved climbing trees."
He helped out, aged just 15 with a local tree surgeons' business, where members of staff recommended Broomfield Hall to him.
Douglas gained a distinction after studying for the college's one year Level 2 Diploma in Forestry Arboriculture.
He enjoyed the "hands-on" course, which included chainsaw maintenance, industry legislation, how to climb and work safely and a business module. He gained his Level 3 with a merit at a college in York.
Derby College set me up for the future and really pushed my climbing – every day I wake up and I'm looking forward to work. At the moment I'm planning to go to New Zealand. The country looks amazing and the job is better paid over there.