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OPITO approved certificate - valid for 2 years
3.0 Days
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All personnel who are interested in carrying out rigger operations
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OPITO Rigger Stage 1

An OPITO Rigger (Stage 1) training course provides knowledge of the principles and general hazards and risks of rigging and lifting operations.

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Course Overview

The course is comprised of two modules which cover the relevent legislation and regulation, and provide an opportunity to practice basic rigging operations folllowing a lifting plan.

Delegates will complete a theory test at the end of the stage 1 training programme to demonstrate an understanding of the knowledge elements of the course. Performance in the practical exercises which delegates must take active part in will also be evaluated against learning outcomes.

Course Objectives

Delegates completing an OPITO Rigger Stage 1 training course will be able to; 

  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to begin stage 2 by passing a theory test and practical evaluations

Course Content

An OPITO Rigger Stage 1 training course includes;

MODULE 1 - The Role of the Rigger and an Introduction to Lifting Operations

  1. The role of the Rigger
  2. Introduction to lifting operations - relevant legislation and management of hazards

MODULE 2 - Rigging and Lifting Operations

  1. The principles of rigging
  2. Preparing for the lifting operation
  3. Carrying out the lifting operation
  4. Restoring the work area and post-operation responsibilities


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 Training offer both the introductory OPITO Rigger (Stage 1) training course as well as the OPITO Rigger Competence Assessment (Stages 3 & 4).

PLEASE NOTE: You can move directly on to the Competence Assessment (Stages 3 & 4).

However, you must have a formal letter from your employer stating that you have met the equivalent of the OPITO Rigger Stage 2 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.

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.