Rope Access Course Descriptions

Rope access covers a wide range of skills used by professionals in arboriculture, industrial rope access, fire and rescue, and other high angle disciplines.

Tree Worker Climbing Fundamentals

This course is designed from 15 years in teaching beginners to climb trees and become safe, efficient production climbers. This 3 day class is a primer to allow those new to the industry the basic skills needed to begin a career as a climbing arborist. This is a 3 day, 30 hour class which will culminate in a competency test for students.

Students must be physically fit, able to perform tasks such as grasping, pulling, and lifting weights up to 100 lb. All climbing gear is provided. Students only need appropriate clothing for working outdoors in rough terrain/weather.

  • Students must be physically fit
  • Work clothing
  • Lunch and water
    Topics Covered
  • Tree climbing knots and hitches
  • VTA
  • Throw line techniques
  • DdRT rope systems
  • Spur climbing techniques
  • ANSI safety guidelines
  • Industry terms
  • Accident Prevention and Awareness

Course includes 3 days (30 hours) of training, and a competency test.

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SRT Module 1

This course will train the climber in canopy access techniques using rope walker systems. Also covered will be rappel techniques, isolating anchors, basal anchor systems, self-rescue techniques, and transfer to DdRT.

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SRT Hybrid systems

This is an add-on the SRT course. Topics covered will include use of Hybrid work positioning systems or what is referred to as SRWP (Single Rope Work Positioning). We will use devices like the Unicender, Hitch Hiker, and the Rope Wrench in traditional rope walker systems, go over redirects, resetting the SRT line, and self rescue.

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Canopy Access for Recreational Tree Climbers and Treehouse Builders

This 2 day 18 hour course will teach the student the fundamental aspects of rope climbing systems to allow ease of access and movement in the canopy. This is an excellent opportunity for those that are looking for safe access to the canopy. Course is ideal for recreational climbers, canopy researchers, wildlife photographers, hunters, and tree house builders.

This is a 2-day, 18 hour class. Students must be physically fit. All climbing gear is provided. Students only need appropriate clothing for working outdoors in rough terrain/weather and lunch. It is recommended to bring a camp chair.

    The following skills and concepts will be addressed:
  • Site Safety
  • Visual Tree Assessment
  • Knots and Hitches
  • Gear Selection
  • Climbing line installation
  • MRT (Moving Rope Technique)
  • (Stationary Rope Technique)
  • Reducing Impact/Tree Preservation
  • Self Rescue techniques

All students will receive a Certificate of Competency upon successful demonstration of the required tasks set forth.

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