What Is Rigging?
Traditionally, a rigger was someone who used hoists and pulleys. In more recent times, the construction industry has expanded the term rigging to include the use of mechanical load shifting equipment, including:
- Moving and transporting,
- Pulling, and
There are three types of rigging licences in Australia: basic, intermediate, and advanced.
Why Should I Do A Rigging Course?
Before being allowed to undertake any form of rigging work, from working with hoists through to gin poles and shear legs, you need to have both a rigging licence (either from a Certificate III in Rigging or a certificate of attainment from a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
As part of undergoing a rigging course, you will also receive a High Risk Work (HRW) Licence, which is also a requirement to have before working on potentially dangerous worksites.
It should also be noted that if you are managing a construction or worksite, you are also responsible for ensuring that all the workers have had adequate training, instruction, and information to correctly undertake rigging work.
What Are Rigging Courses Like?
At CTI, you undergo a 5 day Basic Rigging course, or 4 days for the Intermediate or Advanced courses. You will need suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in order to participate.
The course itself is 9 hours a day (8 hours for course work, plus 1 hour for lunch). All of the training is done at CTI, with no offsite training – CTI has everything required onsite. The course is a mixture of practical and theoretical learning.
The rigging courses is not impacted by the weather. If there is rain, for example, the trainees will wear protective coats and continue the training, although there may be occasional breaks in order to be practical.
How Much Does A Rigging Licence Cost?
Please refer to our fees and pricing.
Undertaking a Certificate III in Construction could cost you $0, if you are eligible for government funding. A Certificate III would allow you to study all three levels of rigging, as well as the foundational dogging course, making you fully prepared to enter the workforce as a licenced rigger.
Do I Need To Renew My Rigging Licence
Your rigging licence in theory can last forever. However, like a driver’s licence, it requires renewing.
A rigging licence must be renewed every 5 years. In order to renew a rigging licence and continue being a rigger, you must also pay a fee to WorkSafe Australia.
What Is The Difference Between Dogging And Rigging?
WorkSafe Victoria describes the three levels of rigging licences as:
- “Basic: covers steel erection, setting up of winches and barrow hoists etc.”
- “Intermediate: covers basic rigging work and rigging of tilt up panels, demolition rigging, rigging of cranes, and control of multi crane lifts.”
- “Advanced: all types of rigging.”
Basic rigging includes:
- Structural steel erection
- Pre-cast concrete members of a structure
- Safety nets and static lines
- Mast climbing work platforms
- Perimeter safety screens and shutters, and
- Cantilevered crane-loading platforms.
Intermediate rigging includes:
- Hoists with jibs and self-climbing hoists
- Cranes, conveyors, dredges and excavators
- Tilt slabs
- Demolition of structures or plant
- Dual lifts
Advanced rigging includes:
- Gin poles and shear legs
- Flying foxes and cableways
- Guyed derricks and structures
- Suspended scaffolds and fabricated hung scaffolds
In order to get an advanced rigging licence, you need an intermediate licence. Likewise, to undertake any rigging work at all, you require a bare minimum of a dogman ticket.
A rigger is also a dogger, technically. All riggers have experience or at least training on dogging.
In simpler terms, to engage in rigging work, you need to have first undergone a dogging course. Therefore, for those aiming to complete more than one of these courses (or all of them), it may be more worth considering the Certificate III in Construction, referred to above which includes not only a dogging course but the rigging courses up to and including the advanced rigging course.
Please call our friendly staff if you have any questions.