MIS302 Arborist Ropes

MIS302 Arborist Ropes

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MIS302 Arborist Ropes - 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. MIS302 covers the fundamentals of rope selection, qualities of ropes and rope use: it is intended to provide a solid foundation of rope knowledge on which practitioners can build.

Users are recommended to consult MIS301 Arborist Knots for more details about knot selection and knot tying. Details of the use of ropes for climbing and rigging operations are contained within the relevant MISs for those work tasks.


Ropes for arboriculture

  • Rope terminology: parts of a rope

Rope selection 

  • Select the right rope for the job in the first place
  • Properties of ropes and rope terminology 
  • Rope standards
  • Rope materials
  • Rope construction types
  • Common arboricultural rope constructions

Rope inspection

  • Inspect rope before each use 
  • Conduct regular documented third-party rope inspections
  • Rope inspection form excerpt
  • Rope inspection checklist
  • Splices in rope
  • Inspecting splices

Rope use

  • Use rope correctly and observe WLLs

Rope storage and transportation

  • Clean, store and transport rope carefully and correctly

Appendix A: Rope inspection checklist



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 53
Cover Soft Cover
Binding Wire-O