Lifting Operations

OPITO Rigger Initial Training

OPITO Rigger Initial Training

Course Overview

An OPITO-approved Stage 1 Rigger course is the first stage of OPITO’s route to competence certification and reassessment for rigging personnel. The OPITO-approved Stage 1 Rigger course provides knowledge of the principles that support the correct slinging of different types of loads. Delegates will learn to inspect and use rigging and all associated equipment including the safety precautions which must be taken.

The Rigger course is a mix of theoretical and practical sessions, during which delegates will be required to demonstrate their level of knowledge and understanding of the training programme content.


No Prerequisites Required

There are no prerequisites for OPITO Rigger Initial Training

Course Content

By the end of the assessment, the delegate will have demonstrated the ability to;

- Identify potential hazards associated with the lifting operation and implement control measures

- Plan the route for lifting and moving the load to minimise any risk to personnel and surroundings

- Communicate, discuss and ensure understanding of the prepared lifting plan and risk assessment

- Obtain the resources identified in the lifting plan required to move the load, following rigging loft procedures

- Carry out pre-use inspection of lifting equipment and lifting accessories

- Attach the lifting accessories to the load using industry best practice

- Install and position the lifting equipment for balanced weight distribution

- The candidate must be able to demonstrate that they know and understand

- The employer responsibilities under Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations

- The hazards associated with a lifting operation and the purpose of a risk assessment and lifting plan

The relevant roles of personnel involved in lifting operations, and typical reporting lines

- Load movement route planning methods and areas near the load where it is unsafe to stand

- Rigging principles, SWL, WLL and angles of lift and considerations to ensure load stability, security and weight distribution

More information

  • Certification: An OPITO certificate will be issued upon successful course completion.
  • Certificate validity (months): 32
  • Target audience: All personnel interested in carrying out rigger operations
  • Revalidation: The course must be revalidated every 32 months (usually by progressing to the OPITO Approved Rigger Competence Assessment) .
  • Items to bring: Government Issued Photographic ID eg Driver Licence or Passport
  • Health prerequisites: Due to certain aspects of the course being potentially physically demanding and/or stressful, delegates will be required to confirm their medical fitness & physical ability to participate on this course by completing our centre medical self-screening form prior to course commencement

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