TREE CLIMBING OPERATIONS

  • Program: Landscape and Horticulture Careers
  • Course: Tree Climbing Operations
  • Course #: LNDC1145
  • Total Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is a continuation of Arboriculture I with emphasis on tree care via rope, saddle climbing, and ground worker operations. Specialized topics and practices to include: climbing safety, climbing equipment, familiarity with ropes and knots, throw line, foot locking, mechanics of climbing and moving through trees via rope & saddle. The student will also learn how to provide support to climbers aloft through roping and rigging skills, material handling, equipment operation, chainsaw safety and customer service relations. Along with Tree Climbing Operations, Arboriculture and Advanced Arboriculture students can prepare for the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Tree Worker Certification, administered by the MN Society of Arboriculture (MSA).

Course Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Disability Services

Hennepin Technical College offers reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, contact the college’s Disability Services Director: Sara Laviolette at Brooklyn Park (763-488-2477) or Jean Kreutter at Eden Prairie (952-995-1544).

Course Goals

The following goals will be addressed in the course:
Demonstrate knowledge of practical knot tying
Identify tree climbing equipment
Maintain climbing equipment
Conduct different techniques for entering a tree canopy
Demonstrate knowledge of tree safety equipment
Perform tree safety inspections
Demonstrate knowledge of basic ground tools and equipment
Perform basic equipment maintenance tasks
Demonstrate safe cutting skills
Identify site hazards
Provide communication and support to climbers aloft
Demonstrate rigging/roping knots/hitches
Demonstrate running a lowering line according to conditions
Demonstrate a dropzone

Credit Details
  • Lecture: 2
  • Lab: 1
  • MnTC Goal: 0
Course Details
  • Prerequisites: 
    None
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park

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