OPITO Rigger Competence (Stage 3) Competence Assessment

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  • 2.0 days
  • Lifting Operations


The course will: require candidates to complete a series of practical exercises to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and understanding of rigging and lifting operations.

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By the end of the assessment the delegate will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Identify potential hazards associated with the lifting operation and implement control measures
  • Plan the route for lifting and moving the load to minimise any risk to personnel and surroundings
  • Communicate, discuss and ensure understanding of the prepared lifting plan and risk assessment
  • Obtain the resources identified in the lifting plan required to move the load, following rigging loft procedures
  • Carry out pre-use inspection of lifting equipment and lifting accessories
  • Attach the lifting accessories to the load using industry best practice
  • Install and position the lifting equipment for balanced weight distribution

The candidate must be able to demonstrate that they know and understand:

  • The employer’s responsibilities under Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
  • The hazards associated with a lifting operation and the purpose of a risk assessment and lifting plan
  • The relevant roles of personnel involved in lifting operations, and typical reporting lines
  • Load movement route planning methods and areas near the load where it is unsafe to stand
  • Rigging principles, SWL, WLL and angles of lift and considerations to ensure load stability, security and weight distribution

Target Audience

Personnel who wish to become OPITO certified competent riggers - having successfully completed the OPITO Stages 1 & 2 Rigger Training and Workplace Experience, or possess sufficient and relevant work experience to be eligible for the OPITO Stage 3 assessment.


  • A valid OPITO-approved Stage 1 Rigger Training Certificate and a fully completed and valid logbook, based on the OPITO Stage 2 Rigger Standard workplace requirements Or
  • A formal letter from the candidate’s employer or senior employer representative stating that the candidate has met the equivalent of the OPITO Stage 2 lifting experience logbook criteria. The formal letter should include details of the employer/senior employer representative’s position in the company, full contact details, and be signed and dated by the employer /senior employer representative
  • Due to certain aspects of the course being physically demanding and potentially stressful, delegates will be required to confirm their medical fitness & physical ability to participate on this course by completing our centre medical self-screening form prior to course commencement


An OPITO Approved Rigger Competence (Stage 3) Assessment certificate will be issued upon successful course completion.


The course must be revalidated every 2 years.

Delegates should bring

  • Government Issued Photographic ID eg Driver Licence or Passport
  • £1.00 coin for locker
  • Copy of existing qualification
  • Safety Glasses or Goggles if prescribed


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