TCI Basic Tree Climbing Course (BTCC)

TCI's two-day Basic Tree Climbing Course (BTCC) is for people who are brand new to tree climbing. You will learn all the skills you need to climb a large tree safely using the doubled rope technique (DdRT). We present detailed information about selecting a good climbing tree and assessing its condition. You will learn climbing technique and how to set up the DdRT climbing system, tying each knot many times to put it into "muscle memory." You'll learn rules for personal safety, as well as guidelines about how to respect and protect the trees you climb. You will also learn about what kind of gear is most appropriate for beginning tree climbers.

When you finish this course, you will be ready to go out and climb on your own. Upon graduation, students will receive a TCI BTCC diploma.

  • Prerequisite

    Must be in good health, with weight appropriate to height.

  • Length of Program

    2 days

  • Maximum Class Size

    4 students

  • Cost


This course is the same as the first two days of the TCI Climbing Program for Entry-Level Tree Workers. It can be taken with students who are participating in that course.

Scheduling & Cancellation

TCI's recreational class schedule is not shown on our calender unless we have students who have scheduled a class with us. If you see an open class that you can attend, we urge you to sign up for it immediately. If not, please call us. We can often schedule classes upon request.


The success of each TCI class depends upon every student's participation. We schedule a maximum of only four students in this course, and we do not overbook. If you don’t show up, your absence has a major impact on us and on people who are waiting to take our training.

With that in mind, 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. (We prefer to know as soon as you know.) 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 $50 cancellation fee.

If you cancel fewer than three weeks ahead of time, you will forfeit your entire deposit unless you or we are able to fill your slot with someone else. In that case, we will refund your deposit minus a $50 cancellation fee.

In the event of a health or family emergency (for which we may require documentation), we will refund your tuition deposit minus a $50 cancellation fee.

TCI reserves the right to deny future program participation to students who cancel without adequate notice.


Taught by TCI in Atlanta.


NOTE: During the Covid-19, TCI is not hosting students at our Clubhouse. Please talk to us about options for where to stay while you're in Atlanta.

Lodging is comfortable and convenient at the TCI Clubhouse. The Clubhouse kitchen is fully stocked for cooking, and linens are provided. Many restaurants and grocery stores are within easy walking distance. The cost is $50 per person per night. Students who stay at the TCI Clubhouse in Atlanta do not need to rent a car for transportation. Talk to us about details.


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 you need. We have all the gear for training, including all the gear in the pdfTCI Basic Climbing Kit for Recreational Climbers sold by and WesSpur. However, if you own a saddle, please bring it with you.

Course Outline

Download the pdfoutline what you will learn in the TCI BTCC.

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