3 types: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced.

Riggers assemble and install rigging gear such as cables, ropes, pulleys and winches to lift, lower, move or position machinery, structural steel and other heavy objects. Riggers mainly work outdoors on construction sites, but can also work on ships, in factories and mines, and in the entertainment industry setting up stages. Rigging work may be casual or full-time.


White Card Asbestos Cert. Drivers Licence High Risk Work 18 years +
Rigger yes yes no yes yes
To be a rigger you need to enjoy outdoor, practical work and be physically fit. You also need to be able to work at heights, be good with your hands and work as part of a team.
Typical Duties
  • examine objects to be moved, estimate their size, shape and weight and decide on the type of equipment needed,
  • erect a temporary jib or derrick, install cables, pulleys and other tackle,
  • splice ropes and cables to make slings and tackle, and choose or make slinging equipment and attach it to the load,
  • erect cranes and mobile crane booms, increase the height of tower cranes by bolting component parts in place and rigging cables,
  • erect structural steel for buildings or plants under construction,
  • erect precast-concrete panels used on facades of buildings,
  • inspect, maintain and repair equipment and make sure that safety requirements are met at all times.
All construction workers need a White Card and Asbestos Awareness Training to work on a construction site in the ACT.

Check with your RTO to see if you are eligible for an ACT Training Fund Authority Subsidy. This will reduce the cost of your training. Training will also vary from RTO to RTO.

RTO Hours + Costs White Card Asbestos
40 hours + < $1,500 6 hours + < $500 4 hours + < $500

You must successfully complete each level before moving on to the next level.

RTOs that deliver training for Rigging in the ACT:

Canberra Institute of Technology

Creative Safety Initiatives


Building & Construction, Redlem