MIS301 Arborist Knots

MIS301 Arborist Knots

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MIS301 Arborist Knots - 2nd ed. 

Minimum Industry Standard series

Members Price is for Members of The New Zealand Arboricultural Association (NZARB).

The vision of NZ Arb is to represent the arboriculture community and make it the primary organisation for tree care and to maintain relevancy to the Association’s members, so if you are in the NZ tree care industry please consider joining NZARB by clicking the link above if you are not already a member.


This book is one in a series of Minimum Industry Standards produced by Arboriculture Australia Ltd and the New Zealand Arboricultural Association in consultation with the national arboriculture community in both countries. These industry peer-reviewed documents provide a ‘body of knowledge’ which is shared by practitioners and can be used as the basis for training, dissemination of skills and professional development. 

This book covers the basics of knot selection and knot tying, and presents the range of core knots every competent arborist should know. Many other knots exist, some of which may be superior to these core knots for specific work tasks or functions – the knots presented form a solid foundation on which practitioners can build. 

Users are advised to consult MIS302 Arborist Ropes for more details about rope type, rope properties and rope inspection. Details of the use of knots for climbing and rigging operations are contained within the relevant MISs for those work tasks.



Knots for arboriculture

  • Rope terminology and knot tying principles
  • Types of knot
  • Tying knots


  • Bowline
  • Running bowline
  • Bowline on a bight
  • Alpine butterfly
  • Scaffold knot
  • Figure-8 loop

Stopper knots

  • Double-overhand knot


  • Clove hitch
  • Cow hitch with a better half
  • Timber hitch
  • Round turn and two half-hitches
  • Girth hitch
  • Constrictor knot
  • Marlinspike hitch
  • Pre-knots – half-hitch and marline hitch
  • Rolling hitch


  • Twin bowline bend
  • Sheet bend and slippery sheet bend
  • Zeppelin bend
  • Double fisherman’s bend
  • Flemish bend

Friction hitches

  • English prusik hitch
  • Blake’s hitch
  • Klemheist
  • Valdôtain Tresse (VT)
  • Distel hitch
  • Schwäbisch hitch
  • Knut
  • Munter hitch

Using knots for tree work

  • Appendix A: Knots chart



Minimum Industry Standards

The Minimum Industry Standard series is dedicated to all our fellow workers who have lost their lives or have been permanently injured working in the arboriculture and vegetation management industries.

The Minimum Industry Standards project is an Arboriculture Australia led initiative that the NZ Arb is pleased and proud to be involved with. Having joined the programme, NZ Arb works alongside Arboriculture Australia to develop these Minimum Industry Standards. Each Minimum Industry Standard (MIS) provides the key knowledge that is necessary to perform the work task.


Dimensions 150 x 210 mm
Pages 80
Cover Soft Cover
Binding Wire-O