Having a qualified rigger on the worksite is essential to help many construction and industrial jobs run smoothly.

Riggers are responsible for helping to move heavy loads around the site using equipment and gear such as cranes, winches, pulleys and more.

A rigger is also the person responsible for setting up scaffolding systems and tilt-up concrete panels, so they are often in high demand in workplaces across Australia.

How to become a rigger: training and licensing requirements

Becoming a certified rigger involves attending a training course at a registered training organisation or RTO. The industry-standard course is Certificate III in Rigging (CPC30711), which will teach you everything you need to know to perform basic rigging tasks.

Successful completion of the certificate course and assessments will mean you’re eligible for your basic and intermediate rigging high-risk license.

You can use this as a jumping-off point to further explore a career as a rigger, by completing a short course to gain an additional high-risk work license for advanced rigging.

How long is the rigging certificate course?

Often people who are looking to study rigging will have some prior knowledge or on-the-job experience which can be transferred to a rigging course. This can fast track the process, helping you to become certified in less time.

However, if you’re starting from scratch with no prior knowledge of the construction industry, the Certificate III in Rigging could take up to 2 years part-time.

Although this sounds like a big commitment, often employers will support eager workers through traineeships, so you can learn how to become a certified rigger whilst working on the job and gaining valuable experience.

How do I get a rigger’s ticket?

Once you’ve completed the necessary training in the Certificate III course, you need to pass an assessment to make sure you’re competent to perform rigging tasks.

After passing this assessment, you’ll be issued with both a basic and intermediate riggers license. These high risk work licenses can also be undertaken individually as short courses. However, if you’re looking to become a certified rigger as your future career path, getting a full qualification is the way to go.

Where to study Certificate III in Rigging

Our fully equipped facilities in Sydney and Brisbane are set up specifically to provide realistic work site training. Our facilities simulate a real construction site, with live hands-on training.

WHS&More Skills is located in Salisbury, and Workplace Training Centre has locations in Arndell Park and Newcastle, NSW.

Get in touch to get advice on how to become a certified rigger and find out more about course dates and prices.