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An OPITO-approved certificate valid for 2 years
3.0 Days
Who is it for
All personnel who are interested in carrying out Rigger operations.
A general standard of fitness is required
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OPITO is the industry’s focal point for skills, learning and workforce development. OPITO is a self-sustaining, employer and trade union led organisation committed to developing and sustaining a safe, skilled and effective workforce.

AIS offer both the Introductory (Stage 1) Rigger training course as well as the Rigger Competence Assessment (Stages 3 & 4).

Please Note

You can move directly on to the Competency Assessment Course. If you have a formal letter from your employer stating that the you have met the equivalent of the OPITO Stage 2 rigging logbook criteria - stated in Appendix 1 of the OPITO Rigger Competency course standard. The formal letter should include details of the employer/senior employer representative’s position in the company, full contact details, and be signed and dated by the employer/senior employer representative. Please call us for more information.

Course Objectives

Delegates undertaking and successfully completing the OPITO Rigger Training (Stage 1) course will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to begin Stage 2 of their development, workplace training under supervision.

Industry requested that OPITO develop a robust and auditable minimum standard for training and competence assessment for the role of the Rigger. A rigger uses fixed and portable lifting equipment and accessories to locate loads to a position to allow final installation or fixing, or move loads to a position where they are accessible to a crane.

The Rigger’s route to competence certification and re-assessment is comprised of four keystages.  The four key stages are: 


The Initial Training Programme

Delegates successfully completing the Initial Training Programme will be awarded an OPITO Stage 1 Training certificate; this entitles the delegate to progress to Stage 2: supervised workplace experience. The Certificate is valid for 2 years. 



Supervised workplace experience

Stage 2 specifies the series of supervised tasks which the candidate will be required  to complete in order to gain relevant experience in the workplace. The candidate must complete a log book record of the supervised tasks. 



Competence assessment

Stage 3 specifies the assessment process and criteria for the Candidate to demonstrate competence in the Rigger role. Successful candidates will be awarded an OPITO certificate of competence. The Certificate is valid for 2 years. 



Re-assessment of competence

Stage 4 specifies the re-assessment criteria for riggers, who wish to maintain their OPITO competence certification, Successful candidates will be awarded an OPITO certificate of competence. The Certificate is valid for 2 years.