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Course Number:
LAT 242
Course Title:
Arborist Tree Climbing
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Course Description

Provides hands-on experience with tree climbing for the landscape industry. Includes climbing techniques, equipment selection and configuration, and safety procedures in accordance with ANSI Z133 and industry best practices. Recommended: LAT 240 or industry tree care experience.

Addendum to Course Description

This course has a demonstration-based format of technical skills and concepts.  Students will practice skill-building under the supervision of the instructor.  The majority of required climbing equipment is provided. 

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Assess trees and worksite scenarios for pre-climb safety  and task execution.  
  • Skillfully configure and operate current industry standard climbing systems.
  • Execute safe climbing techniques and skills appropriate to the most common industry tasks.
  • Apply knowledge of applicability and safety in gear selection, inspection, and configuration.
  • Apply the ISA and ANSI industry standards and best practices appropriately.

Aspirational Goals

  • Exhibit persistence, self-motivation and personal responsibility.
  • Reflect upon, assess, and identify one's own strengths and limitations.
  • Explore, develop, and monitor appropriate professional goals.

Course Activities and Design

Demonstration-based format with skill-building practice by students with instructor supervision.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Attendance, punctuality and jobsite preparedness
  • Participation and engagement in class discussions and activities
  • Completion of assigned field exercises
  • Demonstrated competency of field knowledge by skills tests and observations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Goal Setting
  • Decision Making
  • Confidence
  • Safety


  • Critical thinking


  • Potential liabilities to decision making


  • Perform a worksite set-up and a pre-climb assessment.
  • Recognize and report dangerous site hazards and tree defects.
  • Install a climbing line using a throw line.
  • Ascend into the tree canopy.
  • Advance the climbing line.
  • Perform lateral movement to access the outer canopy.
  • Work positioning
  • Spur climbing
  • Gear selection, configuration and inspection
  • Practice personal safety by using proper protective gear.
  • Apply principles of equipment and tool safety to worksite.