National code: CPC30720

    Certificate III in Rigging

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    OverviewAbout this course

    Kickstart your career and become a licensed rigger. Learn to perform rigging and dogging, operate a forklift and work safely at heights. Study in real world environments and master the practical skills and knowledge to work in the construction industry.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

    Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Plan and organise work

    • Carry out measurements and calculations

    • Operate elevated work platforms

    • Perform rigging at an intermediate level

    • Read and interpret plans and specifications

    Course outcomes

    Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

    • Licence to perform rigging at basic and intermediate level

    • Licence to perform dogging

    • Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (above 11 metres)

    • Experience rigging using a variety of tools and equipment, including winches, pulley systems, elevated work platforms

    • Skills and knowledge to start your own business

    • Strong pathway to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

    Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

    • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

    Completion requirements

    During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

    • A general construction induction card (commonly known as a white card) – you will need this before you can enter a construction site

    • Note: To undertake all High Risk Work (HRW) assessments in this course, you will need to be at least 18 years old with 100 points of identification.

    Entry recommendations

    To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

    • An intermediate level of fitness to manage the physical demands of the job

    • A commitment to your own safety and the safety of others

    • A commitment to working safely at heights

    • Good organisational skills, enjoy working in a team environment and can follow instructions

    • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at a Year 10 high school level

    • TAFE NSW may ask you to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test.

    • This skills test helps us to understand your individual study needs, to design an individualised plan that supports your study success and ensures your LLN skills match the demands of the course.

    TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like:

    Construction Rigger

    Construction Riggers assemble and install rigging gear, such as cables, ropes, pulleys and winches, to lift, lower, move and position equipment, structural steel, and other heavy objects.

    • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


    • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

      2,100 workers

    • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

      39 years

    • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


    • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

      48 hours

    • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.


    • Gender share

      1% female

    • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

      Strong Growth

    Other jobs include: Rigger and Dogger


    Students will attain their licences to perform basic, intermediate and advanced rigging, and dogging during the course. As well as a valid general construction induction card, you will need a high-risk work licence if you want to operate a forklift truck or carry out dogging and rigging work in NSW. To be eligible to obtain a high-risk licence, you must be at least 18 years old and have 100 points of ID.

    Study pathways

    Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

    Previous study1 Course

    Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

    Further study0 Courses

    Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

    The Certificate III in Rigging does not have any post-graduate courses.

    Your experience counts

    At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

    UnitsUnits taught in this course

    Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate III in Rigging qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 19 Units of competency, including 12 core and 7 speciality units.

    Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

    Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

    • Work safely at heightsCPCCCM2012

    • Work safely around electrical sources, services and assetsCPCCCM3003

    • Licence to perform doggingCPCCLDG3001

    • Licence to perform rigging basic levelCPCCLRG3001

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

    • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

    • Student associations – get social with our student community

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