Award in Aerial Rigging of Trees 21-09

City and Guilds / NPTC Level 3

(formally CS41)

Aerial Tree Rigging 21-09 (formally CS41)

The aerial tree rigging course is ideal for people working as arborists or tree surgeons either self employed, as a sub contractor or employed by larger companies, councils or railways for example.

As a result of this course you should be able to:

  • Successfully identify the required personal protective clothing;
  • Apply correct health and safety for aerial operations;
  • Select correct lowering equipment;
  • Lower branches out of the canopy using above and below anchor points;
  • Remove branches from a tree, safely lowering to the ground using ropes and lowering systems;
  • Remove sections of wood from a pole whilst using spikes;

The aerial tree rigging course has physical demands and is at advanced level of training.

Therefore we advise that before coming on the course you take the time to look through the document in the following link:  Evaluation of current rigging and dismantling practices used in arboriculture Research Report RR668 , as a result this will help you with your practical assessment.

Award in Aerial Tree Rigging 21-09 City & Guilds NPTC Level 3.

Prior to coming on this course you must have the Award in Ground Based Chainsaw Operation 20-03 & 20-04 (CS30 & CS31)Award in Tree Climbing and Rescue 20-13 (CS38) and Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Free-Fall Techniques 21-08 (CS39).

Leaning Outcomes
By the end of this course you should be able to:
1) Promote health and safety and industry good practice.
2) Carry out aerial tree rigging.
3) Understand relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice.
4) Understand how to carry out aerial tree rigging.

Minimum numbers of 2 are required for this course to run, potential dates are:

7th – 9th December 2020 (assessment TBC)

Please note that the assessments are to be confirmed and you will be emailed with a date once the assessment has been scheduled.

We do try to ensure that the assessment is consecutive but cannot guarantee this.

The training course will be £375 + VAT = £450 per person
The assessment plus City and Guilds registration fee will be £195 per person (no VAT).

Total £646 per person.

All fees are payable upon booking.

Three days training.

One day for the assessment (on a fourth day).

Please note that the assessments are to be confirmed and you will be emailed with a date once the assessment has been scheduled.

We do try to ensure that the assessment is consecutive but cannot guarantee this.

Please bring with you the following kit.
1) Climbing kit to include flip line or soft strop with current LOLER certificate.
2) Chainsaw protective trousers.
3) Climbing helmet with visor and ear defenders in date.
4) Chainsaw boots.

All other PPE and equipment can be supplied by Lowe Maintenance at no extra cost, under the proviso that any damages and / or losses are replaced by the candidate.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to use your own equipment to check its suitability.

Award in Aerial Tree Rigging 21-09 City & Guilds NPTC Level 3.

Do you need a refresher? HSE advises that you complete a refresher every 5 years, although some insurance companies state every 3 years. We can help. We tend to run the courses when we have four people requiring the same units for refreshing, if you get in touch we can add you to the list and let you know when the next refresher date is planned for.

Equally if you have a group of people we can put a date together just for you.

Award in Aerial Tree Rigging 21-09 (formally CS41) – one day refresher £200 +VAT = £240 per person.

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.

Don’t need a qualification? Your insurance company are happy for formal training only? Then we can help. We can carry out formal training with no accredited assessment.

Three days, training fee £375 +VAT = £450 per person.

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.

Why do I need CS41?

CS41 is the use of rope systems to dismantle a tree. There are plenty of occasions when a job will entail a dismantle rather than a straight fell. Sheds, conservatories and houses all need different considerations when completing tree work.

Does it have to be a lowering rope; can’t I use my climbing rope?

The lowering rope must be separate from the climbing system and be fit for purpose. The LOLER regulations define the difference between lowering and climbing ropes you are not allowed to lower on a rope one day and climb on it the next.

What tickets do I need to attend the CS41?

  • chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting 20-03 (formally CS30)
  • felling and processing trees up to 380mm 20-04 (formally CS31)
  • tree climbing and aerial rescue 20-13 (formally CS38)
  • aerial cutting of trees with a chainsaw using free fall techniques 21-08 (formally CS39)

Do I need my CS40 to do CS41?

No, to complete aerial tree rigging 21-09 (CS41) you don’t need aerial tree pruning (CS40) as a pre-requisite.

Does my rigging kit need a LOLER inspection?

Yes, all rigging kits must be LOLER inspected every 12 months unless stated otherwise, however this period can be shortened in certain cases.

Can I use my own kit and equipment on the course?

Yes, if it is fit for use and you have the current LOLER records with you. If you wish to discuss this in more detail give us a call 01729825132.

Do I need a groundie?

In normal work yes, in case of accident or just to be on the other end of the rope. A groundie can see limb length and weight better than the climber and is needed to make the ground area safe for the wood heading down, also for refuelling and a mountain of other problems that can come up on a tree job

Does everyone in my team need the CS41 ticket?

No, only the person cutting. You can have someone on the ground with the ticket but they have to keep full concentration on the person in the air to make sure they have not compromised their position

How big will the trees be?

It depends on the course, some of them may have a bit of size to them as this gives plenty of time to rig and lower sections and plenty of branches and wood to train with. The aerial tree rigging course with Lowe Maintenance prefers to place you in trees with some significant height. This ticket is one of the last you’ll do within the climbing units and for you to feel 100% confident once you’ve passed your assessment, we feel that the trees should be tall.

Once you have the ticket and go back to work the next day you could be put in front of any size of tree, you need to know you could handle that situation.

Do I need to use spikes?

Yes, for this course you will be in spikes all the time as you will have cut off the limbs you would have used for balance. Ideally you need to have had some practice with spikes before attending the aerial tree rigging course.

Do I have to use a steel core flip line?

For the dismantling of the pole section it is the preferred industry standard but you can also use a soft strop, however, you must be backed up with your climbing rope in case the saw hits the soft strop and cuts through it.

Will my rope be long enough?

It depends on the height of the tree, you may have to change over on the way down so you should be able to complete this change over with ease in trees, before attending the course.

Can I use my climbing karabiners for lowering?

No lowering kit cannot cross over into climbing kit; they should be kept separate at all times.

Is there anything I can read in preparation for the course?

The Art and Science of Practical Rigging is a very good book to look at, there are plenty of other books and also some very good descriptions on YouTube but watch out for the rubbish on there too!

Can I dismantle dead trees?

We are not allowed to let you train on dead trees but in your professional life it is your call to assess the condition of the tree before you carry out the work. If in doubt seek advice or have a tree survey carried out.

There is fungus growing in the tree, can I still work on it?

Some fungus will not harm the tree it’s always best to consult a tree fungus book or check with someone before starting work and possibly have a tree survey completed. Some examples of useful books are: Fungi on Tree – An Arborists’ Field Guide – Wood and Tree Fungi: Biology, Damage, Protection and Use

Can I use out of date climbing ropes for lowering?

You can use an out of date climbing rope but it cannot be used to hold the same load and it must be in good condition and marked up as a lowering rope so that it does not creep back into a climbing bag by mistake. Most people use them as tug lines or lashing lines for trailers something quite different to avoid confusion.

Can I go straight from CS39 to CS41?

Yes but it will be a steep learning curve. If you have not climbed very much and are trying to do a fast track method, it’s always best to have a bit of time between courses to build up your knowledge and confidence level.

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