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ARBO400 – Climbing and Rescue

Module code
Module title
Climbing and Rescue
The aim of this module is to develop student’s knowledge and skill in tree climbing and undertaking one-person aerial rescue.
  • SX1702
  • WB2676
NZQA Level
Level 4
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Supported
Learning hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Teaching and Learning Strategy
As per Ako: Teaching and Learning Directions – Project-based learning; Flipped Classroom; Blended Learning; Work-integrated Learning; Inclusive Practices
Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate understanding of climbing equipment.
2. Prepare and use knots and ropes for aerial arboriculture work.
3. Identify and check equipment required before ascending, and select an appropriate tree climbing method.
4. Inspect tree and site for hazards.
5. Climb tree using ropes and harness.
6. Undertake a one-person aerial rescue in an arboriculture situation.
7. Use a ladder.
- Climbing equipment; personal protective equipment for accessing and positioning in the tree, safety harness, ascending and descending equipment, climbing rope, carabiners, spikes/gaffs.
- Climbing equipment qualities and features in terms of uses
- Climbing equipment routine care and maintenance and checking for faults or defects.
- Tying knots and their uses,
- Identifying equipment needed for climbing
- Checking all equipment is in safe working order
- Selecting appropriate tree climbing method
- Assessing tree and site for potential hazards
- Appropriate action in response to identified hazards
- Climbing trees up to 15 meters high and branched within eight metres of the ground.
- Fixing climbing rope into trees and using harness
- Climbing and descending trees
- Rescues from above 10 metres
- Site preparation for an aerial rescue emergency situation, identifying the requirements for different climbing systems
- Conducting rescue of injured climber from the tree canopy, using available climbing equipment with rescue starting and finishing on the ground.
- Medical emergencies a tree climber could encounter while working in a tree canopy
- Ladders; extension, forestry, tripod, insulated, standard
- Ladder setup
- Ascending and descending a ladder
Assessment Criteria
Assessment in this module is mixed mode. Students must gain a minimum mark of 50% in the achievement-based assessments and meet all the requirements of the competency-based assessments including carrying out all tasks in a safe manner and to industry standard to be eligible for a final grade for this module. The final grade will be based on the marks from the achievement-based assessment tasks. Where there are only competency components, pass or fail will be awarded.
Learning and Teaching Resource
? Tutorial notes, exercises and readings, flexible, blended learning focus on content and material as projects for project based learning.
? Interactive Moodle platform.

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