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Rigger is a rigorous industry-recognized curriculum that covers safe rigging practices, lifting operations, load dynamics and lift planning to prepare learners to safely handle and move loads.

The three-level Rigger curriculum meets or exceeds the current requirements found in the OSHA 29 CFR part 1926 amendment.

The Rigger curriculum also complies with the U.S. Department of Labor’s standards for Rigger apprenticeship programs.

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2018, 3rd Edition
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Curriculum Details

For more information regarding NCCER’s Certification Programs that meet/exceed current ASME & OSHA standards, see Mobile Crane Operator and Rigger/Signal Person Certification Programs.

Total Recommended Hours
3rd Edition
  • Basic: 140, includes Core hours
  • Intermediate: 105
  • Advanced: 95
Rigging Practices
15 Hours

Module ID 38102: Describes basic rigging and safety practices related to rigging activities. Describes the use and inspection of equipment and hardware used in rigging. Explains how to apply common hitches. Covers jacks and hoisting equipment.

Crane Safety and Emergency Procedures
25 Hours

Module ID 21106; from Mobile Crane Operations Level One: Covers safety standards and best safety practices relevant to the operation of cranes. Describes safety considerations related to power lines, weather conditions, and specific crane functions.

Basic Principles of Cranes
15 Hours

Module ID 21102; from Mobile Crane Operations Level One: Introduces mobile crane equipment with an in-depth discussion of terminology and nomenclature. Explains the basic scientific principles associated with mobile crane operation.

Crane Communications
10 Hours

Module ID 53101: Describes the communication process between the signal person and the crane operator. Covers electronic communications as well as the standard hand signals in 29 CFR 1926.

Intermediate Rigging
17.5 Hours

Module ID 38201: Describes basic procedures for using various slings in hitches and calculating sling stress. Introduces tools and equipment used for the lateral movement of loads without a crane. Trainees learn how to reeve block and tackle, invert loads with hoists, and drift a load between two hoists.

Load Dynamics
17.5 Hours

Module ID 21206; from Mobile Crane Operations Level Two: Covers leverage, forward and backward stability, operational quadrants, submerged lifts, non-centered lifts, and other forces that affect stability.

Wire Rope
25 Hours

Module ID 21204; from Mobile Crane Operations Level Two: Covers the components of wire rope and inspection requirements and procedures for wire rope, load blocks, and sheaves. Explains proper installation of wire rope, maintenance guidelines, and end terminations and preparations.

Telescopic Boom Attachment Setup and Assembly
20 Hours

Module ID 21302; from Mobile Crane Operations Level Three: Covers the setup and stowing of swing-away extensions and various jibs, as well as the assembly of intermediate boom sections, on telescopic cranes. Includes the description and operating characteristics of manual and power luffing jibs.

Lattice Boom Assembly and Disassembly
25 Hours

Module ID 21306; from Mobile Crane Operations Level Three: Identifies lattice-boom components and provides pre-/postassembly considerations. Provides step-by-step guidance in the assembly and disassembly of lattice booms.

Advanced Rigging
20 Hours

Module ID 38301: Explains how load weight and center of gravity affect lifting and crane stability. Load calculations for multicrane lifts are presented, along with the application of equalizer beams. The movement of loads up an inclined plane and the line pull required are examined in detail. The module concludes with guidance in the rigging and handling of rebar bundles.

Load Charts
35 Hours

Module ID 21301; from Mobile Crane Operations Level Three: Discusses the importance of load charts and charts that apply to different configurations. Includes on-rubber, on-outrigger, jib, and deduction charts, as well as range diagrams and operational notes. Covers parts of line and capacity calculations.

Lift Planning
20 Hours

Module ID 21304; from Mobile Crane Operations Level 3: Discusses lift plan implementation, including reference information, calculations, single- and multiple-crane lifting, critical lifts, and engineering considerations.

Hoisting Personnel
20 Hours

Module ID 21305; from Mobile Crane Operations Level Three: Examines ASME B30.23 and 29 CFR 1926.550(g) requirements while presenting advanced operation techniques for hoisting personnel.

Contributing Subject Matter Experts

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are a vital part of NCCER’s Curriculum development process. SMEs are construction and maintenance professionals who have journey-level experience and have experience teaching their trades to others.

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Contributing Subject Matter Experts
Below is a list of subject matter experts for this craft:

Anthony Johnson, Exelon Generation


Donald McDonald, Bo-Mac Contractors, Ltd.


Ed Burke, Mammoet USA


Frank Jones, KBR Services, Inc.


Grant Chustz, Jacobs Field Services


Harold Williamson, North American Crane Bureau, Inc.


Joseph Watts, Southland Safety, LLC


Keith Denham, Bay LTD


Larry “Cowboy” Proemsey,


Monty Chisolm, Bechtel


Richard Laird, ABC Pelican Chapter

Robert Capelli, Orion Marine Group


Steven Lawrence, Fluor


Timothy Prakop, Kelley Construction, Inc.

Instructor Resources

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Assessments & Craft Pro Resources


NCCER’s Rigger & Signal Person Certification Program consists of assessments and practical examinations that meet or exceed current ASME B30 consensus safety standards and OSHA 29 CFR part 1926 subpart CC.

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