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Rigger Training Rigging – the ABC of Lifting Operations

In any lifting operational location, no matter what lifting appliance is being used, from the smallest mobile crane to the largest offshore pedestal crane, there is a certain amount of risk once a load is lifted off the ground. Safety is a crucial aspect of any lifting operation, and riggers are central to that safety, with the crane operator and/or lifting supervisor, banksman and slinger, making up a ‘Competent Lifting Team’ that oversees every aspect of the lifting operation on site.


The rigging team are responsible for all aspects of a lift, from the rigging of the load to ensuring it has the required support and stability by slinging the load accurately. The other aspect of rigging that is incredibly important for safety is the Banksman and Slinger. The banksman relays the load condition, observations of the team and other details to the crane operator themselves throughout the process and the slinger ensure that the load is connected firmly to the lifting appliance before the lift and disconnected after the lift.


Each of these positions is essential for site safety, the riggers assess weight, balance, and size of load, setting up the lifting equipment and accessories in accordance to the written lift plan to ensure a safe lift, so safety actually begins well before the lift process is even started. During the lift, the Banksman will help control the lift, and is an essential rigger position. The rigger is involved in the development and approval of the lift plan. The equipment used together with the accessories must be the right capacities for the expected loading configurations hence the operation begins at this stage.

The Competent Rigger

To become a certified and qualified rigger, an individual must complete an accredited training program where they learn the roles and responsibilities of the position, the proper knowledge of:


  • selection of lifting equipment,
  • hand signals and audible signals,
  • crane operations and fundamentals of rigging,
  • load handling, and other environmental factors.

Individuals must pass both a written and practical exam offered by an accredited organization.


The rigger training, like other lifting operations training is developed over several stages necessary to attain full competence. The stages are listed below.

Four Key Stages in Achieving Rigger Competency through training

Stage 1:

The first stage of all training comprises initial training and assessment, which is typically carried out at an onshore training establishment and identified as Stage 1.


Stage 2

After Stage 1, the level of competency is deemed sufficient for that person to conduct lifting operations under the direct supervision of a competent person as part of their Stage 2 training, i.e. supervised training and the practical application of the learning obtained in Stage 1.


Stage 3

This stage refers to an ongoing workplace assessment of competency.


Stage 4

This stage refers to the ongoing performance development with re-training as part of company overall competency system.


To conduct safe lifting operations to today’s high standards, employers must have a system in operation which permits personnel to progress through the stages to become competent to undertake lifting operations and to maintain this competence. The above stages will almost guarantee skill acquisition and retention.

Rigger Training:

The aim and objectives of the Stage 1 Initial Training Programme are to provide the delegate with knowledge of:

  • The principles of rigging,
  • General hazards and risks of rigging and lifting operations,
  • An awareness of relevant legislation and regulation,
  • Practice basic rigging operations following a lifting plan.

As indicated above, Stage 2 takes place during on-site/on-the-job exposure where personnel will complete workforce obligations under supervision.

Riggers are responsible for ensuring lifting operations go smoothly with minimal risk. The operation must follow the lift plan prepared by the Appointed or Competent Person. The Rigger training explains how to safely conduct lifting operations from the basics to ensure compliance with the law and protect the health and safety of all employees and of those who may be affected by their actions. The training is designed to enhance existing knowledge of rigging and lifting and to enable the individual demonstrate correlation with the safe systems of work.

Certification and Award

OPITO (Rigger 1,2)/LEEA (Rigger/IADC Basic Rigger)


At JC International, accreditation with OPITO, LEEA, IADC, ISO 9001:2015 and other relevant professional trade associations, ensures we deliver training, certification, and qualifications in accordance with awarding bodies and approved codes of practice.


Our focus as a prominent oil and gas training provider is to provide a world-class training and certification service to ensure that our candidates gain the required competence and realise their full potentials.


Please, feel free to contact us on +2348056599659, +2348057007225 For your training needs.


  • Otu

    I am interested in the rigger training course. Can you share the course duration and cost

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