This course is intended to introduce the concepts of rigging and lifting, rigging equipment and basic lifting techniques for personnel new to the role.

This course provides the information and skills for learners to understand the use of lifting equipment and how it is applied in a practical setting.

Course Aim

The course aim is to provide a solid base of rigging knowledge to build on with experience and further training.

Course Objectives

  • Explain the legal requirements relating to lifting and lowering operations, and working at height.
  • Explain what is meant by a safe system of work.
  • Identify PFPE equipment, explain its use, perform a pre use check.
  • Explain Rigging safety on stage and overhead.
  • Understand pre-use inspection and other inspection types.
  • Confidently select a piece of rigging equipment and explain its use.
  • Build a truss structure.
  • Understand how to sling and wrap a bar or truss and how load is applied.
  • Be able to demonstrate knot tying and good rope knowledge.
  • Discuss further training and how to stay up to date.

The course begins with law and legislation relating to lifting and working at height in the industry, students will then be introduced to a safe system of work and rigging safely on the stage and overhead. Students are then introduced to commonly used lifting equipment, learn how to perform a pre-use check and how to apply the equipment in a practical real-life scenario.

To achieve certification the students must complete every part of the course and demonstrate to the trainer complete confidence when selecting and using lifting equipment.



Includes: use of equipment during training. Price includes VAT. 

  • Assessment Method: Written and practical
  • Course Duration: 3 Days
  • Candidate Ratio: 1:6
  • Revalidation Period: Certification valid for 3 years
  • Certification: PDF copy of Certificate

Theoretical content

  • Law, legislation, roles and responsibilities
  • Equipment standards
  • Safe systems of work and permits to work.
  • Method statements and risk assessments
  • Safety on stage and at height
  • Types of equipment inspection
  • Tagging, marking and storage of lifting equipment
  • Basic force calculation through truss and associated lifting equipment.

Practical content

  • An introduction to lifting accessories commonly found in the industry.
  • How to perform a pre use check on the lifting equipment.
  • How to apply the equipment in a practical scenario.
  • Knot tying to use for tag lines and hauling equipment.
  • How to sling a beam and rig a chain hoist or chain block at height.
  • How to sling around beams and attach to a variety of lifting points.
  • Learn about types of truss and how to perform a pre-use inspection.
  • How to build truss.
  • How to sling and lift different types of truss.
  • Learn how to suspend a load using a variety of lifting equipment.
  • Show an understanding of electronic chain hoists and their control systems.
  • Must have completed a working at height course - Please see MCL's Working at Height Course 
  • Minimum Age of 18 years
  • Candidates need to be physically fit and free from any disability or medical condition that may prevent them from working safely.
  • A self-certified statement of reasonable fitness