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Aerial Tree Rigging (NPTC)

CPD and short courses (short course)


4 days

Three days plus one day assessment to be arranged.


Get the knowledge, understanding and skills required to carry out aerial tree rigging in line with current legislation. This Level 3 Certificate of Competence is NPTC City & Guilds approved.

Who should attend?

The Level 3 Certificate of Competence is for individuals who use chainsaws as part of their work in arboriculture, forestry or other industries.


Please register your interest and we'll be in touch when new dates are arranged.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

At Writtle College, our courses blending classroom learning with hands-on experience in specialised fields such as sport, agriculture, horticulture, animal studies, equine studies, conservation and floristry.

Our Level 2 and Level 3 programmes are designed to prepare you for your future career or higher education pathways.

Study on our beautiful countryside campus, with dedicated resource centres and state-of-the-art facilities – and be a part of our supportive community.

Where can I study?

Writtle campus
Aerial view of farm building and fields at ARU Writtle

Our picturesque 150-hectare campus is situated in the heart of the Essex countryside.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Standard booking


The cost includes equipment use and NPTC registration and assessment.

An additional charge maybe incurred if you do not accept the assessment date offered to you.

Contact details

Short Courses team
[email protected]

Entry requirements

You must hold OFQUAL regulated qualifications in:

  • Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting
  • Felling Trees up to 380mm
  • Access a Tree Using a Rope and Harness
  • Aerial Tree Rescue
  • Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Free-fall Techniques

Before coming on the course please look through the Evaluation of current rigging and dismantling practices used in arboriculture research report RR668, this document will help you with your assessment.

You should be comfortable working at heights in excess of 10 meters.

This intensive practical course requires a good level of physical fitness and an ability to study written technical information.

By making a booking you are declaring yourself medically fit to participate in this course.

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Various dates throughout the year

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