Qualified Crane Rigger

Course Introduction

OSHA’s Crane and Derricks standard (1926.1700- Subpart CC) requires all riggers to be “Qualified” and all crane signalers to be “trained”.  Safety Links has developed series of two engaging four hour classes to become a “Qualified Rigger” and a “Qualified Crane Signaler”.

Course Description

The Safety Links qualified rigger course is designed for both operators and riggers responsible for the safe operation and rigging of all types of cranes and hoists.

Like all of our courses, this course can be conducted at your facility or at ours and can be adapted to your specific material handling needs. This course includes both classroom and hands-on training.

Classroom Training Topics Covered Include:

  • OSHA and ASME Standards and Interpretations
  • Rigging Hardware and Gear Selection
  • Sling Identification and Rigging Hardware Inspection Criteria
  • Weight Calculating Formulas
  • Center of Gravity; Load Balancing, Effects of Angle on Rated Loads
  • Reduced Capacity and Increased Tension Calculating
  • Wire Rope and End Fittings
  • Lift Determinations / Formulating a Lift Plan
  • Communication Methods

Once the written examination testing is completed, hands-on exercises will be conducted to ensure proper rigging procedures are followed.

Qualified Rigger Course Objectives

These courses meet or exceed the knowledge requirements for Qualified Riggers, as defined by 1926.1401, and Qualified Crane Signaling personnel, as per 1926.1428.

After completing our hands on rigger course you will be able to calculate weights, load tensions on slings, and will understand proper rigging practices and techniques.

The qualified rigger participant will learn to do the following:

  • Calculate load weight and determine load center of gravity
  • Calculate stress angles and determine the safe working load
  • Select proper hitch, sling, rigging hardware to use and determine safe working load
  • Inspection of the equipment prior to use
  • Control the load and operation
  • Control the lift site and the cranes area of operation

The course materials include:

  • Rigging Manual
  • Calculation Tables
  • Sample Rigging Inspection Forms

In order to complete the class you must:

  • Successfully participate in all hands on activities including a number of hands on practical exercises.
  • You must also complete a 25 question final examination with a score of at least 80%.


  • Q.What will you get after the course?

    A.Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a hard plastic (driver license style) wallet card certifying that you have met the requirements for riggers per 1926.1401.

  • Q.Who does the OSHA Crane & Derrick standard primarily affect?

    A.It requires operators of most cranes above 2,000 pounds capacity when used in construction to be either certified by an accredited crane operator testing organization or qualified through an audited employer program. It also requires a “Qualified” rigger and “trained” signal people.

  • Q.When is a qualified rigger required?

    A.Employers must use qualified riggers during hoisting activities for assembly and disassembly work (1926.1404(r)(1)). Additionally, qualified riggers are required whenever workers are within the fall zone and hooking, unhooking, guiding a load, or doing the initial connection of a load to a component or structure (1926.1425(c)).

  • Q.Do qualified riggers have to be trained or certified by an accredited organization or assessed by a third party?

    A.No. Riggers do not have to be certified by an accredited organization or assessed by a third party. Employers may choose to use a third party entity to assess the qualifications of the rigger candidate, but they are not required to do so.

  • Q.What is the definition of a “qualified rigger” per the OSHA standard?

    A.The OSHA standard says that a “qualified rigger” is someone who meets the definition of a qualified person. Qualification can be done through a qualified evaluator, which is defined by OSHA as someone who has demonstrated that they are competent in accurately assessing whether individuals meet the qualification requirements in this subpart.

  • Q.When is it required to become a "Certified" rigger?

    A.Normally one does not require “certification” as a rigger. Remember the OSHA standard simply requires “qualified” riggers and “trained” signalers. Some municipalities and general contractors, however may require a “certified” rigger. In this case you must seek out and pass a written and a practical “hands on” exam which is provided by the NCCCO – National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators – www.nccco.org or NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research – www.nccer.org

  • Q.Does Safety Links provide crane operator training?

    A.No. We do not certify or train crane operators. We recommend that all crane operators be certified by an organization who is accredited by NCCCO – National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators – www.nccco.org or NCCER – National Center for Construction Education and Research – www.nccer.org

  • Q.Does attendance at the Safety Links courses make the attendee a “certified” rigger?

    A.No. Certification requires passing a written and hands on practical provided by a third party such as NCCCO or NCCER.

  • Q.Does the OSHA Crane & Derrick Standard require a “certified” rigger?

    A.No! It only requires a “qualified” rigger not a “certified” rigger.