Basic Rigging

Basic Rigging

This is a basic rigging course designed to suit the requirements of learners who have limited or no knowledge of Rigging, Lifting and Slinging Techniques.

No previous experience required.

Course Duration
5 days.

Maximum Number
6 persons.

Training Aids
Lecture notes, audio visual presentation and specific items of rigging equipment.

Written and practical test.

On successful completion of the course candidates will receive a NETA certificate.

Additional Information
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On completion of this course the learner will be capable of:

  • Being aware of the statutory requirements, regulations and approved codes of practices regarding rigging equipment together with the learners obligations to Site Safety
  • Identifying basic equipment used in rigging
  • Using basic items of rigging equipment safely and effectively
  • Selecting and using the correct equipment for the task
  • Inspection and use of different types of lifting equipment
  • Calculations required in rigging to include weight calculation, required angles, how to use sling charts
  • Tying knots, bends and hitches
  • Lifting safely both out of balance loads, balanced loads and tandem lifting.


  • Rigging principles and terminology
  • Relevant legislation and ACOPs
  • Safe systems of work
  • Risk assessment, planning and control of lifting operations
  • Ensure the area is suitable for lifting activities
  • Lifting equipment pre and post use inspection, including certification
  • Safe and correct use of different types of lifting equipment
  • Selection of the appropriate lifting accessories for different types of loads
  • Lifting accessories and their applications
  • Sling various loads including balanced, unbalance and loose
  • Equipment identification and selection
  • Weight identification, different ways to calculate the loads weight
  • Carry out lifts to given instructions
  • Placement of and setting down loads
  • Disconnection of lifting accessories from the load
  • Use of recommended hand signals and radios
  • Keep within safe working parameters
  • Awareness of crane operating principles
  • Awareness of conflicting activities
  • Environmental factors that could influence lifting operations
  • Correct procedure for the storage of lifting equipment
  • Awareness of manual handling
  • Appreciation of dynamic factors
  • Typing knots, bends and hitches – their uses and applications
  • Typical types of lifting equipment and accessories that the candidate would use will include:
    • Chain slings
    • Wire rope slings
    • Fibre slings
    • Shackles
    • Eyebolts
    • Master links
    • Chainblocks
    • Pullifts
    • Tirfors & tirfor wires
    • Beam clamps
    • Beam trolleys
    • Jacks etc.

Recapitulation and Written Examination