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Qualifications & Licensing

Qualified for the Job?

A rigger needs to have technical skills in order to move heavy loads safely, and efficiently. Riggers must be able to calculate weight distribution, understand structural considerations for the load itself, as well as for the floor and surroundings, to think on their feet (as every job has its own difficulty), and may need to be able to read architectural and engineering drawings, depending on the job. Riggers also must be trained to use the proper tools & load moving equipment to do the job right.

Many riggers will learn from on-the-job training, an apprenticeship, CTE program or other technical training.

How does someone become a Rigger?

There are a lot of different ways in which someone can learn to become a rigger. Riggers usually learn their skills through informal on-the-job training, or through unions and companies which offer formal apprenticeships. Riggers can also learn through technical courses or building trade classes.

There are some riggers who work in the field with little education or little experience. They begin their careers in the construction industry or an industrial field which involves moving heavy objects and then start their own rigging business.

How does someone become a Rigger?

There is no formal licensing or certification for a rigger who works on smaller and less complicated heavy load moving projects. However, riggers who work with large machines such as cranes or forklifts, or who work in a dangerous field, often need licensing and certification.

For Example: A crane operator requires training and certification in order to operate a crane, a truck driver will require a commercial license, and so on.

There are many places which may train, set standards, and/or issue certifications for these special tools used for rigging. Some of these are listed on the right.