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Apprenticeship training course

Live event rigger (level 3)

Installing the infrastructure for the scenic, lighting, sound and audiovisual elements of a live event.

Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Creative and design
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Follow safe work method statements.
  • Be responsible for their own health & safety and show awareness of the health and safety of other individuals in their vicinity.
  • Carry out work activities safely to avoid creating hazardous situations.
  • Use tools and equipment safely in accordance with regulations, procedures and instructions.
  • Follow procedures relating to manual handling, accident reporting, wearing personal protective equipment etc.
  • Show how to act in an emergency and how to deal with problems.
  • Show how to work securely, following security procedures and to deal with security breaches.
  • Demonstrate their ability to carry out and document suitable and sufficient risk assessments and safe systems of work.
  • Read and interpret designs, scaling from drawings to mark out work on site.
  • Select suitable components based on load capacity.
  • Carry out rigging activities for an event.
  • Rig hoists/ sling loads/ use modular structural products such as aluminium trusses.
  • Select and use appropriate lifting equipment and accessories.
  • Inform others of rigging intentions, caution required and action to be taken.
  • Understand the need for venue permissions.
  • De-rig and disassemble equipment and structures and return to storage leaving a tidy workplace.
  • How to read plans, accurately scale and mark out rigging operations and set up lifting equipment.
  • How structural requirements can be met.
  • How to estimate loads and forces.
  • Allowable loads on structures, how to rig and de-rig a hoist and safely attach or sling loads.
  • The advantages and restrictions of a range of access equipment (see Working at Height).
  • The basic properties of trusses and tubes.
  • Assembly, compatibility, orientation and alignment of equipment.
  • How to inform members of production about rigging activities, explaining action they must take.
  • How to deal with deviations from design.
  • When to sign off completed work.
  • Comprehend legislation, hierarchy of controls, risk assessments, specific hazards and risks, site assessment, rescue procedures.
  • Use means of access, adhere to best practice and the correct use of personal fall protection systems (PFPS).
  • Locate anchor points and suitability for use.
  • Correctly use and store PFPS, maintain and inspect equipment when not in use.
  • Effectively communicate with the Rigging Supervisor.
  • Use appropriate rigging terminology.
  • Use different types of communication.
  • Manage time and adhere to schedules.
  • Work closely with colleagues and line manager.
  • Be cooperative and helpful in the workplace. Share and pass on information to colleagues, keeping them informed of activities/ problems.
  • Motivate, build relationships.

Full information on Live event rigger (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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