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CoS Rigger Instructor


CoS Rigger Instructor



Other names for Rigger:
  • Construction Cable Layer / Puller
  • Construction Rigger
  • Forest / Logging Rigger
  • Hoisting Equipment Rigger
  • Rigger (Metal Engineering)
  • Rigger Ropesman
  • Rigger Scaffolder
  • Scaffolding Rigger
  • Ship Rigger
  • Theatrical Rigger
  • Tower Rigger
  • Winch Erector

What is a Rigger?

A Rigger specialises in ropework which allows them to reach hard-to-get-to places without using scaffolding. They are an important, skilled member of the team.


  • high buildings and bridges
  • cliffs and steep slopes
  • oil rigs and gas pipelines and structures
  • mines
  • construction sites
  • shipping and yachts

What kind of jobs require rigging?

  • maintenance, painting, and cleaning of tall buildings
  • building inspections
  • working on wind turbines
  • high rise window cleaning
  • working for signage companies erecting a sign in high places
  • installing safety netting on cliffs to prevent rock falls
  • repairing aircraft
  • rescue work etc

Riggers are responsible for the inspection, lubrication, and maintenance of all types of lifting tackle, including cranes, derricks, driving winders, jacks, hoists, and manually operated lifting equipment. They need to have a sound knowledge of scaffolding, platforms, and tripods.

Rigging is a very physical job. They are continually moving around, bending, climbing, and working in all kinds of positions and environments. Their job can, at times, be very dangerous, but very exciting at the same time. 

What does a Rigger do?

  • works out the weight of objects to be moved or lifted
  • secures the object safely before moving or lifting
  • inspects and maintains lifting equipment: tackle, cranes, winders, jacks, hoists, etc
  • operates lifting equipment
  • learns about the safe use of scaffolding, platforms, and other equipment

Are you …?

  • fit and healthy and brave?
  • mentally stable?
  • afraid of heights?  if yes, this would not be a good job for you!
  • safety-conscious?
  • willing to do heavy and physical work?
  • a team player?
  • responsible?
  • observant?

How do I become a Rigger?

You can choose one of these career pathways:


  • Apprenticeship (training at a TVET college with practical training under a qualified artisan)
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Chemical Rigger (Limited to 30 Ton Centre Mount Crane & 5000kg load) Level 2 and 3
  • Learnership – Chemical Rigger Level 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Mechanical Handling: Rigging (Manufacturing and Engineering) Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  •  Learnership – Rigging Ropesman – Open – Cast Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Mechanical Handling Rigging: Electrical Power Generation Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test


  • Learnership – Rigging Ropesman – Surface / Underground NQF Level 2, 3 and 4
  • Trade Test