TCI Climbing Program for Entry-Level Tree Workers


No tree climbing experience necessary!

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Length of program  5 full days

Location Taught in Atlanta, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida. 

Maximum class size  3 students

Money back guarantee   You'll learn how to climb safely - or we'll refund your tuition.

Tree work is difficult and extremely dangerous. There is no middle ground when you work in the trees. What you do is either right, or it's wrong – with potentially disastrous results. That's why worker safety is our first concern and primary emphasis. Throughout our program, students learn the right way to do things as well as the right things to do so they are safe and their work is competent and efficient.

Most of our students have never climbed a tree with a rope and saddle. Students learn and practice skills and techniques which are used daily on the job. First you'll learn everything you need to climb safely; then we'll teach you more advanced techniques and skills. While some theory is taught, our emphasis is on practical, hands–on training. Most of your class time is spent in or under a tree. And, due to our small class size of only three students, you'll get plenty of individual help.

The TCI Program for Entry-Level Tree Workers: pdfTree Worker Program Outline


TreemanPeter JenkinsIn Atlanta:Robert TewsRobert Tews  Peter "Treeman" Jenkins, the founder of TCI, is an ISA-certified arborist with 25 years of accident-free production climbing experience. He has also been teaching tree workers and recreational tree climbers at all skill levels for over 30 years, with no accidents to date. Peter no longer climbs for a living; he now does residential tree inspections for risk and health.

In Jacksonville:  Robert Tews is an ISA-certified arborist and production tree climber with 20 years of injury-free production climbing experience. He has also been teaching tree climbers since 1998. He runs Treeventure Services LLC in his home town.

Prerequisites: Must be in good health, with weight appropriate to height. Must speak some English.

Gear: If you don't own gear, we suggest that you NOT purchase it until after you have taken our training, when you'll have a much better idea of what's needed. We have all the gear you need to train with, including all the gear in the pdfTCI Climbing Kit for Entry-Level Tree Workers sold by and WesSpur. (These kits are available at a discount from with coupon code TCI2017J, and if you join TCI [$25 for a lifetime membership] you'll get a additional coupon for 12% discount on any order. The kits are also available at WesSpur, where the price is already discounted.) However, iff you own a saddle, please bring it with you.

Cost: $1,200 per person, does not include food and lodging. Advance registration and $200 deposit are required to hold your place. Students who take this program in Atlanta and stay at the TCI Clubhouse or at the motel we suggest in Jacksonville (see Lodging, below) do not need to rent a car for transportation. Talk to us about details.

Scheduling: TCI's scheduled classes are shown on our calendar. Most of our classes fill up soon after we publish them. If you see an open class that you can attend, we urge you to sign up for it quickly. We can also schedule classes upon request. Contact us (if emailing, make sure to include your phone number) to see what's possible. A minimum of two students is required for a class to be confirmed. We keep an active waiting list. 

Cancellation Policy
Please read our Cancellation Policy completely.

The success of each TCI class depends upon every student's participation. We schedule a maximum of only three students per course, and we do not overbook. If you don’t show up, your absence has a major impact. Therefore, TCI has the following cancellation policy:

  • If your plans change and you need to cancel, you must call us at least three weeks ahead of time. This gives someone on our waiting list enough time to make travel and personal arrangements to take the course. We will refund your deposit minus a standard $50 cancellation charge if we are able to fill your slot.
  • If you cancel less than three weeks ahead of time, you will forfeit your entire deposit.
  • In the event of a health or family emergency (for which we may require documentation), we will refund your tuition deposit minus our standard $50 cancellation fee.
  • TCI reserves the right to deny future program participation to students who cancel without adequate notice.

Lodging in Atlanta is comfortable and convenient at the TCI Clubhouse, where some parts of the program are taught. Many restaurants and grocery stores are within easy walking distance. In Jacksonville, we suggest the Woodspring Suites, conveniently located about 1/2 mile from where you'll train. Room options at the Woodspring Suites are available for one or more people, and each room/studio has a kitchen.
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Recommended reading: TCI teaches Jeff Jepson's P.R.E.P. system of preparing for tree work, and we highly recommend his book, The Tree Climber's Companion, which many arborists consider the "Bible" for tree workers. We also recommend Jepson's two other excellent books, To Fell A Tree and Knots at Work. All three books are available (for a package price if you want all three) onsite in Atlanta, in our website store , and from other vendors.

ISA CEUs: 40 in the Practice, Climber Specialist, and Certified Arborist categories are available for this program if you are an ISA-Certified Arborist.

Contact us with inquiries or to register. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER!


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