Classes for Professional Climbers

Classes for Professional Climbers 

TCI has two outstanding programs for professional climbers.

 

  • TCI Program for
    Entry-Level
    Tree Workers

    5-day program
    Hands-on training
    Skills used on the job
    3 students in class

  • Aerial Rescue
    for Arborists

    1-day program
    Hands-on training
    Learn critical skills
    for saving a life
    3 students in class

  • In our five-day "TCI Climbing Program for Entry-Level Tree Workers," students learn the fundamentals of tree climbing and tree climbing safety for tree work. No experience is needed. Read more
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  • In our one-day "Aerial Rescue for Arborists" program, students learn how to perform a simple and a complex aerial rescue to get a victim out of a tree as quickly and safely as possible. Read more

Aerial Rescue Photos

Rescue3

Bringing the victim down.

 

Rescue6

Getting ready to take the victim off rope.

 

Rescue5

Checking the victim's head position.

 

Rescue1

Meet "Rescue Randy." He's ready to participate in every class.

Rescue2

Reassuring the victim.

 

Rescue4

Positioning before landing.

 

  • Rescue3
  • Rescue6
  • Rescue5
  • Rescue1
  • Rescue2
  • Rescue4
  • Rescue3

    Bringing the victim down.

     

  • Rescue6

    Getting ready to take the victim off rope.

     

  • Rescue5

    Checking the victim's head position.

     

  • Rescue1

    Meet "Rescue Randy." He's ready to participate in every class.

  • Rescue2

    Reassuring the victim.

     

  • Rescue4

    Positioning before landing.

     

  • Rescue3
  • Rescue6
  • Rescue5
  • Rescue1
  • Rescue2
  • Rescue4

Classes for Professional Climbers

TCI has two outstanding programs for professional climbers.

  • TCI Program for
    Entry-Level
    Tree Workers

    5-day program
    Hands-on training
    Skills used on the job
    3 students in class

  • Aerial Rescue
    for Arborists

    1-day program
    Hands-on training
    Learn critical skills
    for saving a life
    3 students in class

In our five-day "TCI Climbing Program for Entry-Level Tree Workers," students learn the fundamentals of tree climbing, tree climbing safety, and other basic skills for tree work. No experience is needed. Read more

In our one-day "Aerial Rescue for Arborists" program, students learn how to perform a simple and a complex aerial rescue to get a victim out of a tree as quickly and safely as possible. Read more

TCI Climbing Program for Entry-Level Tree Workers

Tree work is difficult and very 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.

  • Prerequisites

    In good health with weight appropriate to height.
    Must speak some English.

  • Length of Program

    5 full days. Taught April through November.

  • Maximum Class Size

    3 students

  • Cost

    $1,200 per person

PRACTICAL TRAINING FOR WORKING CLIMBERS

LEARN SPIKELESS CLIMBING TECHNIQUES. No tree climbing experience necessary!

Most of our students have never climbed a tree with a rope and saddle. No worries. First you'll learn and practice everything you need to climb safely. Then we'll teach you more advanced techniques and skills that are used daily on the job. 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, you'll get plenty of individual help.

Download the Tree Worker Program Outline

Scroll through our CALENDAR for our Fall class schedule

YOUR INSTRUCTORS

TCI's Tree Worker Program instructors are known for their vast knowledge and experience, patience, and ability to communicate clearly.

  • Peter

    Peter "Treeman" Jenkins

    "Treeman," the founder of TCI (in 1983), is an ISA-Certified Arborist with over 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 35 years, with no accidents to date. Peter no longer climbs for a living, but in addition to teaching, he is happily performing residential tree inspections for risks and hazards as a Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) tree inspector.

  • Robert Tews

    Robert Tews

    Robert is an ISA-Certified Arborist, Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) and production tree climber with over 25 years of injury-free production climbing experience. Robert has been teaching tree climbers since 1998. He runs Treeventure Services LLC in his home town of Jacksonville, Florida.

  • Bret McKee

    Bret McKee

    Atlanta native Bret McKee started climbing with TCI in 2005. In addition to teaching the TCI Basic Tree Climbing Course to our students, Bret is an actor and accredited stunt performer, a 4th degree black belt in the Bujinkan school of martial arts, a certified deep diver, fluent in German, and a photographer. He also gets called on to do light tree work and cat and drone rescues.

  • Jepson

    "I remember when I first started doing treework back in the '80's. Peter was one of my most influential climbing mentors. He was an effective teacher because he was both knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. And he is funny. What a great combination! Thanks, Peter!"

    Jeff Jepson
    Author, "The Tree Climber's Companion"
    and other books for tree climbers

If you don't see any open dates on our calendar, please contact us with inquiries or to register. Make sure to include your phone number!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PROGRAM: Please read it all the way through!

  • Cost

    The cost for this 5-day program is $1,200. We take a $400 deposit by credit card with course registration. The balance is due by cash or check on the first morning of class.

  • Scheduling

    TCI's class schedule is shown on our calendar. Most of our classes fill up quickly after we announce them. If you see an open class that you can attend, we urge you to sign up for it quickly. Call us to register — we do not register students by email.

    Sometimes we can schedule a class upon request. Call to see what's possible. A minimum of two students is required for a class to be confirmed.

    Due to the transmissability of the Delta variant, we require all students to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

  • Safety from Covid-19 and its Variants

    Due to the transmissability of the Delta variant, we require all students to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

    Safety is TCI's highest priority: safety for our students and safety for our instructors. Fortunately, protection against Covid-19 and its variants is pretty easy, since the TCI Tree Worker Program is taught entirely outdoors.

    Even so, in addition to requiring that all our students be vaccinated, we will also require the wearing of masks if/when you are in close proximity to our instructors, who are also vaccinated.

    We will be forced to eject from class anyone who is careless with Covid-19 precautions. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Cancellation Policy

    CANCELLATION POLICY - PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW THOROUGHLY

    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 on us and on people who are waiting to take our training.

    With that in mind, TCI has the following cancellation policy:

    If 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 may 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.

  • Location

    Class meets at the TCI Clubhouse, 1290 Merry Lane NE, Atlanta, GA 30329, on the first morning. After orientation, you will go up to Blackburn Park, where days 1, 2, and 4 of the class are taught.

    In Jacksonville, class is taught at 8101 Fort Caroline Rd., 32277 during the cooler months of the year.

  • Lodging

    Due to the transmissability of the Delta variant, we can lodge only per person at the TCI Clubhouse during any of our courses during the Fall 2021 teaching season.

    Most of TCI's students stay at the TCI Clubhouse, where two days of the program are taught. The house has room for four people in two bedrooms. Accommodations are clean, comfortable, and casual. Linens and towels are provided, and the kitchen is fully furnished. Several restaurants and grocery stores are within easy walking distance. The cost is $55 per night per person. You may be asked to stay in a room with a stranger (of the same sex).

  • 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 you'll need and use. We have all the gear for your training, including all the gear in the pdfTCI Climbing Kit for Entry-Level Tree Workers sold by WesSpur and American Arborist Supplies. However, if you own a saddle that you are comfortable in and a helmet, please bring it/them with you.

  • Certificate

    Upon satisfactory completion of our program, students will be given a certificate signed by your instructor. Show this to a potential employer along with the course outline, and you are sure to get a job!

    TWP CERT

  • ISA CEUs

    This program qualifies for 32.5 ISA CEUs in the Practice, Climber Specialist, and Certified Arborist categories.

  • Recommended Reading

    TCI teaches Jeff Jepson's P.R.E.P. system of preparing for tree work. We highly recommend his book, The Tree Climber's Companion, which many arborists consider the "Bible" for tree climbers. It is not necessary to read this book before coming to class.

    We also suggest Jepson's three other excellent books, To Fell A Tree, Knots at Work, and (new!) Groundie. In addition, we recommend the ISA's excellent publication, The Art and Science of Practical Rigging by Peter Donzelli and Sharon Lilly.

    All five books are available onsite in Atlanta and in our website store.

  • See for yourself!

    Here are a simple outline and some photos to give you an idea of what you'll be doing each day in our program.

 

Tree Worker Program Daily View

Here's what you can expect each day of the Tree Worker Program.

  • DAY 1: Traditional Climbing System using the Blake’s Hitch (“Closed system”)

    (Download the full pdfTree Worker Program outline for details.)

    Throw line use: Entry (5) and canopy (3) throws

    Rope placement: Includes placing the rope over a branch, cambium saver installation, and knot tying

    Preparing to climb: Includes warm ups, saddle set-up, gear check, clipping in and B.A.C.K. check

    Climbing demonstration of double rope end climbing (DREC) and setting pitches

    Foot work techniques (4)

    Hover over an image to see the caption.

    Treeman In Clubhouse

    Treeman opens class in the TCI Clubhouse.

    Teaching Trees

    Yes, you will learn to climb in these trees!

    Warm Ups

    Warm ups! It's a good idea to loosen your muscles before climbing.

    Knot Tying

    Learning how to tie the knots for the traditional climbing system.

     

    Throwline

    Throwline practice in an open field.

  • DAY 2:  Application of Climbing Technique

    (Download the full pdfTree Worker Program outline for details.)

    On day 2, students practice what they learned on day 1.

    PLUS:

    Advanced anchor point isolation using the “Yella” grapnel hook

    Monkey fist

    Climbing practice: Double rope end climbing (DREC)

    Tree inspection using the the Four Zone Assessment Method

    Hover over an image to see the caption.

    Monkey Fist

    Making a monkey fist for getting your rope into a tree.

     

    Tree Workers Monkey Fist

    Monkey fist is an easy way to set up an anchor point.

     

    Second Pitch Tw

    Setting up a second anchor with the other end of the rope.

     

    Rope Management

    Rope management is important!

     

    Yella Grapnel Practice

    Setting up a traverse using a yella grapnel.

     

    Sideway Movement

    Traversing to another side of the tree using both ends of the rope.

    Climbing Practice

    Taking a climbing break.

    DREC

    Practicing double rope end climbing (DREC) using both ends of the rope.

     

    Down Pitch

    Learning how to do a down pitch using both ends of the rope.

     

  • DAY 3:  Advanced Climbing Techniques

    (Download the full pdfTree Worker Program outline for details.)

    Lanyard use for positioning and life support

    Hitch-pulley climbing system

    Movement in a tree

    Hover over an image to see the caption.

    Carport Branch Walking Practice

    Practicing branch walking in the Clubhouse carport:"Start low, then grow."

    Climbing System

    Students learn to put together both these systems for climbing.

     

    Learning Lanyard Set Up

    Learning how to set up a lanyard in the Clubhouse carport.

     

    Preparing Redirect

    Preparing a redirect.

    Redirect with Pinto Pulley Lanyard

    Getting around a branch using a pinto pulley lanyard.

    High Climb

    Climbing with a rope walker system.

  • DAY 4:  Application of Climbing Techniques

    On day 4, students practice what they learned on day 3.

    (Download the full pdfTree Worker Program outline for details.)

    Advanced line setting with the Big Shot and APTA

    Hitch pulley climbing practice

    Branch walking practice

    Double-crotch climbing technique

    Lanyard practice

    Hover over an image to see the caption.

    Big Shot Practice

    Practice with a Big Shot.

     

    Preparing Line Gun

    Powering up the APTA (air powered tree access) tool.

     

    Air Gun Practice

    Getting a feel for an APTA (air powered tree access).

    Concentrating

    Preparing for a traverse in "Double-up."

    Tree Traverse

    Travelling from one tree to another using double rope end climbing (DREC).

     

    Double End Lanyard Practice

    Branch walking with a double-ended lanyard provides safety and balance.

    Branch Walking

    Practicing branch walking techniques learned on the ground.

     

  • DAY 5:  Rigging

    Day 5 is dedicated to rigging techniques and related information. Download the full pdfTree Worker Program outline for details. There will also be  a short discussion about leg spikes and other gear.

    Hover over an image to see the caption.

    Learning Running Bowline

    Learning the running bowline knot for tying off branches.

     

    Setting Up Portawrap

    Setting up a Portawrap.

     

    Rigging Call And Response

    The rope handler is telling the climber he's ready for the climber to cut the branch.

     

    Practicing Portawrap

    Practicing lowering a load (Treeman, in background) using the Portawrap.

     

    Learning to set up a "negative rigging" system.

     

    Fiddle Block Set Up

    Setting up a fiddle block for raising loads.

     

Aerial Rescue for Arborists

Any emergency situation in a tree could become the one in which you save someone’s life. Performing an aerial rescue is not difficult, but knowing how to do it right is an essential skill on every job site.

  • Prerequisite

    Must be able to climb with rope.

  • Length of Program

    1 day. Taught year-round.

  • Maximum Class Size

    3 students

  • Cost

    $250

This class requires that students be within three feet of each other to practice the techniques.  Due to Covid-19, we cannot teach it until we are assured that our students will be safe.  We will announce here when we are ready to resume this training.  Please check back or give us a call.

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Rescue courseIn this one-day class, climbers will learn how to prepare for and perform simple and complex aerial rescues safely and efficiently, following well-established rescue protocols and procedures. Repetition is the building block of success. You will practice low-to-the-ground rescue techniques as many times as necessary until you have the procedures locked into “muscle memory.” When you understand and can perform the basic steps involved in each type of rescue, you will be well equipped to improvise and handle most rescue emergencies.

This class is also appropriate for recreational climbers.

Class Schedule (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Morning
Session

 

Class introduction
Rescue Quiz review
Start of practical training

Afternoon
Session

 

Practical training: Each student will play the roles of rescuer, victim, and prompter/ground support following written simple and complex rescue scripts (protocols) in numerous practice sessions.

  • Scheduling & Cancellation

    TCI's Aerial Rescue class is scheduled upon request. We can teach in hot or cold weather, rain or shine. Call us to see what's possible. A minimum of two students is required for a class to be confirmed. 

    CANCELLATION POLICY - PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW THOROUGHLY

    The success of each TCI class depends upon every student's participation. We register 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 on us and the other students in the class.

    With that in mind, TCI has the following cancellation policy: If you need to cancel, you must call us at least three weeks ahead of time. (However, we prefer to know as soon as you know.) If you can send someone else in your place, we will refund your entire tuition. If not, we will refund your tuition minus a $50 cancellation charge.

    If you cancel fewer than three weeks ahead of time, you will forfeit your entire tuition. 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.

  • Course Instructor

    TreemanPeter 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. In addition to teaching, he now performs residential tree inspections for health and risk as a Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) tree inspector.

  • Course Materials

    When you register for class, you will be emailed a detailed article that you must read prior to class. Because we want to make sure you are familiar with the material before you learn the practical techniques, you will also take a written multiple-choice quiz based on the material before attending class. Bring your answers with you. Quizzes will be corrected onsite. Other course materials will be distributed during class.

  • Gear

    Please bring your own saddle and helmet. TCI will provide the rest of the gear required for training. At the class, you will receive discount coupons for the Aerial Rescue Gear Kit put together by TCI and sold by TreeStuff.com and for pick-off straps sold by OnRope1.

  • Course Graduation

    To pass this course, you must have read the short Manual and passed the quiz. You also must be able to perform a simple and a complex rescue safely and efficiently, without guidance and according to the rescue protocols. Students will receive a “Certificate of Graduation” following course completion.

  • ISA CEUs

    The following ISA CEUs are available for this course: BCMA Practice: 2.75, Management 3.75, Climber Specialist: 6.5, Certified Arborist: 6.5, Municipal Specialist: 3.75; Aerial Lift: 6.5

  • See for yourself!

    Here are some photos of an aerial rescue class.

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