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Your Guide to Becoming a Rigger

The world of skilled trades offers exciting opportunities, and rigging is no exception. 

This guide explores the different paths to becoming a qualified rigger, the knowledge required, and helpful resources.

Learning the Ropes: On-the-Job Training vs. Apprenticeships

  •  On-the-Job Training (OJT): Many companies offer OJT, where you learn by working alongside experienced riggers. This practical approach is cost-effective for employers and can be valuable for broadening existing skills.
  •  Apprenticeships: This structured program combines on-the-job training with formal education, often from third-party organizations. Apprentices gain valuable experience while employers secure a pipeline of skilled riggers.

Formalized Training Programs:

  • While some companies offer in-house training, most rely on external resources:
  • Third-Party Training Providers: Numerous organizations offer rigging training programs. A quick online search will reveal various options.

Regulatory Considerations:

While OSHA doesn't mandate certification, a "qualified rigger" should possess:

  •  A recognized degree or certificate in rigging
  •  Extensive knowledge, training, and experience
  •  The proven ability to solve rigging problems
  •  The American Petroleum Institute (API) offers a recommended practice for training qualified riggers for specific offshore operations.

Essential Rigging Knowledge:

Regardless of the chosen path, every rigger should possess a strong understanding of:

  • Load weight calculation
  • Load center of gravity determination
  • Selecting appropriate slings and rigging hardware
  • Sling angle effects
  • Safe load securing methods
  • Selecting and applying proper hitches
  • Standard hand and voice signal communication
  • Rigging equipment inspection procedures
  • Experienced riggers (journeymen) often have additional knowledge in
  • Crane operations
  • Basic math
  • Safety and accident prevention