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What is rigging?

Rigging is an essential part of construction. While rigging has its similarities to dogging, there a few important differences between the two. In this post, we outline everything you need to know about rigging.

So, what is it?

Rigging is the act of moving, securing or putting down a load, while using the appropriate mechanical shifting equipment. It also involves erecting and dismantling cranes and hoists.

To move a load, riggers use equipment like cranes and hoists or other machinery like chain blocks and winch systems. Rigging can be a complex operation, and there are many different factors that a rigger needs to consider when moving a load. They have to know the exact safest way to move a load before they lift it, and then handle and place the load correctly.

Dogmen, on the other hand, apply the slinging techniques to the load. So you can see why it’s easy to confuse riggers and dogmen, but they each have their individual roles.

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What kind of licenses does a rigger require?

Riggers, like dogmen, require a license to operate. In Australia, there are three classes of rigging certificate: Basic, Intermediate and Advanced.

The components of completing a Basic Rigging course include moving equipment, erecting structural steel and concrete panels and installing static lines and safety nets.

Other requirements to be met in a rigging course involve installing a selection of hoists, perimeter safety screens and shutters, and cantilevered crane loading platforms.


When you complete a rigging course through an expert training organisation like Construction Training International, you will also receive a High Risk Work License (HRWL). This indicates that you are competent for high risk tasks like moving, securing and placing loads – all of which are essential parts of rigging.

Dogging course

To further the confusion between dogging and rigging, all riggers must also have a completed a course in dogging. You can choose to separately complete a dogging course and a rigging course, or, if you aim to complete a variety of construction courses, it may be more suitable to undergo a Certificate III in Construction – also offered at Construction Training International.

Riggers are an important part of any construction site, which is why so many people enrol in rigging courses through Construction Training International. Now that you’re fully across the roles and required licenses of a rigger, you can take the next steps by contacting CTI. Quality training sets you aside from others in the construction field and enrolling in a rigging or construction course at CTI is the perfect way to kick-start your new career.

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