Arborist Technical Rigging  Training (3 day module)  – May 12-14, Truro, NS

Arboriculture Canada Training and Education Ltd.

Arborist Technical Rigging  Training (3 day module)  – May 12-14, Truro, NS

Are you an experienced arborist who is familiar with basic rigging techniques and ready to learn more advanced rigging techniques? Would you like to learn how to assess, setup, and remove large trees using blocks, pulleys, slings and multiple ropes, safely and efficiently; and have fun doing it as well?

Arborist Technical Rigging will teach you how to work as a team, using new tools and techniques under expert guidance and coaching in real world situations. The Arborist Technical Rigging module is designed to provide skilled tree workers with education and practice in making sound designs on how to plan and set up complex rigging systems. This course is recommended for those arborists who are already experienced with basic rigging techniques. Advanced training is provided in a hands-on teamwork format that provides participants with the skills needed to remove large trees in confined locations or surrounded by obstacles with a low impact focus. Prepare to expand your mental toolbox and learn that those challenging removals could be much easier and safer.

Eligibility Recommendations: prior training in aerial chainsaw operation, branch and top removal or have taken the Production Tree Removal & Rigging course.

* Depending upon the site location, this course may be taken using an aerial lift. Due to license & insurance requirements, any participants wanting to perform work with an aerial lift device during the training program must arrange to bring their own device.

Please visit for further information including registration and fees.

The 3 day training session will include:

Safety and Risk Management:

• Integrated risk assessment, tree dynamics and prescribed work risk
• Emergency rescue and readiness

Aerial Work Positioning:
• Aerial lift operation, set-up and inspection
• Spur climbing and choking climbing systems
• Harnesses, belts, lanyards, hardware, knots

Physics and Dynamics:
• Dynamic load vectors, angles of incidence, force, mass, and impact
• Reactive forces and system load analysis and interpretation
• Tree dynamics, system dynamics, force management

Lines, Slings and Rope Tools:
• Line selection, care and maintenance
• Elasticity, tensile strengths, bend radius, working load, factor of safety
• Slings for balancing and lifting, spider leg balancers
• Compliant interface, terminations and attachments

Knots, Hitches, Prusiks and Terminology:
• Bight, bend, loop, turn and round turn, tail, lead, fall, standing parts, working & running end
• Rigging knots and hitches; figure 8, slip knot, cow hitch, timber hitch, running bowline, half hitch, clove hitch, single/double sheet bend, girth hitch, English and French Prusiks, Kleimheist and Krutzelkleim
• Selecting and matching sling size and construction to rope diameter

Rigging Equipment:
• Fiddle blocks, blocks, pulleys, connecting links, selection, care and use
• Ratcheting or winching lowering/lifting devices features and benefits
• Specialized devices, tools, and equipment

Compound Rigging Techniques and Planning:
• Planning work and working plan, teamwork and communication
• Cutting techniques, bore/plunge cut, mismatch, shelf notch and v-notch
• Rigging systems, balancing, lifting, drifting, sliding and travelling
• Rigging equipment setup, stowage, and operation

Please Note: All Arboriculture Canada instructors retain the right to disallow a participant from participating in practical applications if the instructor discerns that the participant’s abilities are inadequate for the task to be performed.