TCI Facilitator Program
Tree climbing facilitators are people who have been trained extensively to run beginners' tree climbing events. In many cases, people enroll in the TCI Facilitator Program in order to open their own tree climbing "grove" (school). Facilitators lead many different types of group events. They set up the tree with multiple climbing stations, orient the group and give a climbing demonstration, and then help others to experience the joys of tree climbing for themselves.
Becoming a facilitator requires expertise in basic tree climbing techniques. It also takes patience, skill, and experience to safely manage lots of people in a tree all at once. In the five-day TCI Facilitator Course, the first component of our Facilitator Program, students learn how to work with individuals and groups. In addition, their training includes:
- Spending a whole day learning and practicing detailed rescue procedures using "Rescue Randy," our rescue dummy;
- Learning how to rig the "super system," a special climbing system for people who are not able to use the standard DRT system; and
- Participating in at least two group climbing events while they are here. During the first, they become familiar with procedures by watching how we manage an event; then they run a group climb themselves under our supervision.
Facilitator Course students must pass a climbing skills test and a written exam before they can enter the Facilitator Internship, the second component of our Program.
During the Internship (completed at home), students follow the standards and guidelines of Tree Climbers International as they gain experience running group climbing events. This way, when they finish their requirements and graduate from our program, we know that they are well-prepared and ready to put others "on rope" safely.
Note: Graduation from the TCI Facilitator Program does not qualify facilitators to teach a basic tree climbing course; this requires more extensive training and a higher level of skill and experience than people at the Facilitator level generally have acquired. Students learn to teach the BTCC in the TCI Instructor Program.
Program requirements: Approved personal climbing gear, the Basic Tree Climbing Course (or an instructor-approved equivalent), current CPR and first aid certification, and lots of climbing experience are among other course prerequisites.
For scheduling and logistical information, see our "Logistics" section.