Aerial Rescue Certificate Course

8:00 am 5:00 pm


Smith College Botanic Garden
16 College Ln
Northampton, MA
United States

Number of CEUs


This course is designed to educate tree climbers and/or aerial lift operators in the most likely scenarios where they may have to respond to an emergency while working at height. This course focuses on the importance of Emergency Action Planning (EAP) and emergency preparedness protocols in a high angle environment. The importance of self-rescue strategies and methods to minimize risk exposure to co-workers is discussed and demonstrated. Systems designed to facilitate an efficient and practical rescue are described, demonstrated and practiced by participants. Attendees are trained and educated in the current injury and fatality statistics common to tree work and specific rescue techniques developed as a result of these statistics are trained and practiced throughout the course. Physics and engineering concepts such as reaction force, potential energy, and vectors associated with work at height and various fall protection systems are described and demonstrated to assessed by participants. 6.5 CEUs

Applicable Standards: This course meets the ANSI/ASSE Z490 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training as well as ANSI Z133, OSHA 1910.38, 1910.331, 1910.269, and 1910.269.

Eligibility Recommendations: Experienced climbers who are familiar with current safety regulations, legislation and climbing techniques. Learners are given the opportunity to perform rescues during the course, so are encouraged to be proficient climbers before participating at this level. It is recommended that you take Tree Climbing, Fall Protection and Work Positioning prior to attending this course.

 Risk Assessment Hierarchy of Controls & PPE

  • NIOSH Hierarchy of Controls and Hazard Mitigation OSHA and ANSI
  • Emergency Action Planning , Job-site Risks, and Crew Competency / Configurations
  • Personal Protective Equipment, When to use, Fit / Function, Limitations, Inspection, and Retirement

Fall Protection Types, Systems, Fall Protection OSHA & ANSI

  • Fall Restraint, Work Positioning, Suspension, Fall Arrest, Wood Pole Fall Restriction (Optional)
  • Fall Protection Management Plan
  • Ropes / Lanyards and Cordage requirements and applications
  • Connecting Links Configuration, Compatibility, Application, and Inspection
  • Other Hardware used as PPE
  • Other Textile or soft goods used as PPE

Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) Scene Management & First Aid

  • Tree and site hazards, suspension trauma, and stress management
  • Electrical hazards, step / touch potential direct / indirect contact and MAD for Emergency personal
  • 911 protocols, EMS support, assistance, and cooperation
  • Mutual Aid rescue situations and necessary team skills

Scenario Identification; Injury Extent & Severity Evaluation

  • Aerial lift, Climber, Ground Worker, or other
  • Incapacitated, cut bleeding, immobilized, trapped or pinned, trunk/palm/pole
  • CRN Critical Care life systems and First Aid / First Responder
  • Trauma Care

Aerial Lift Emergency Response Evacuation

  • Aerial Lift Device Risk Assessment and Setup
  • Lower Control Rescue
  • Bucket Extraction and Removal of Victim from man basket 1 person and 2 person and Mechanical Advantage
  • Lift Evacuation and Repelling
  • Bucket to Bucket Transfer inoperable lift to operable lift

Tree Climbing Emergency Response

  • Tree Climbing Risk Assessment and Anchor point loading in a rescue situation
  • Self rescue and ground based rescue techniques
  • MRS and SRS Systems risk assessment
  • Access plan for getting to causality MRS, SRS, Climbing Spikes, Ladder, Lift ect.
  • Isolating aerial hazards hanging wood, brush, electrical ect.
  • Casualty Assessment
  • Packaging and stabilizing the Casualty for Extrication
  • Extrication of Causality to the ground
  • Extrication post care until stable or medical help arrives