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NZ Cert in Rigging L3

New Zealand Certificate in Rigging (Level 3)

Duration 12 months
Price $42 per week for 52 weeks, with payment frequency to suit - incl GST per person



The NZ Certificate in Rigging (Level 3) provides New Zealand industry with people who can prepare and complete rigging work under limited supervision.

Riggers work to safely set up and control movement of loads over distance, which are usually suspended. Riggers can operate a variety of hoisting devices and rigging equipment. Riggers are often required to work at heights.

This programme includes a challenge assessment aligned to the Certificate of Competence required by industry and this qualification

Course Objectives

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Prepare, inspect, and use rigging equipment and tools; and use common knots in rigging, and report equipment faults, when setting-up and controlling, movement of loads
  • Apply knowledge of risk management, slinging calculations, and industry recognised communication methods to direct and guide crane movements in relation to loads and equipment
  • Lift and place loads as part of a rigging team
  • Use elevated work platforms (EWPs) and report faults and damage of EWPs
  • Act on instructions, communicate within a team when setting up and controlling the movement of loads, and complete basic documentation
  • Maintain personal safety while working at heights, including the set up and use of fall arrest systems in accordance with health and safety legislation and the best practice guidelines for rigging systems.

Entry Requirements

  • Be over 16 years of age
  • Hold a current comprehensive first aid certificate before enrolment (unit standards 6400, 6401, 6402)
  • Be in employment and engaging with work related to the scope of the programme. The employer and trainee, in conjunction with Vertical Horizonz, must complete a training agreement
  • Trainees need to have a nominated supervisor to observe and verify trainee competencies
  • Be physically fit and able to demonstrate physical competency for the skills being trained.

Our Teaching Method

Delivery is via a mixture of face-to-face learning on and off the job combined with extensive on-job learning, some e-learning may also be included. 

The learning journey generally starts with the Health and Safety components and finishes with the challenge assessment which is an integrated assessment covering knowledge and skills across a range of rigging standards.

Trainees must complete a final challenge (capstone) assessment that aligns with the Rigging Certificate of Competence.



Graduates are likely to be employed moving and lifting objects. Graduates may work on a variety of sites where rigging is required, and they may increase employment prospects by gaining further experience in specialised areas including telecommunications rigging, construction rigging, industrial rigging, cranes, and industrial rope access.


This qualification is the first step in the New Zealand rigging qualifications. Graduates may pathway into the New Zealand Certificate in Rigging (Level 4) and New Zealand Certificates in Cranes and Industrial Rope Access. 

What Does It Cost

You will earn while you learn. That means you don’t have to fork out for large student loans or work multiple jobs to pay the bill. The NZ Government is right behind getting people into trades, so they help subsidise your training.

NOTE: The cost after subsidy from the Government is $42 per week. This amount can be paid by direct debit – weekly, fortnightly, or monthly to suit. The weekly amount is charged until you complete the required duration of the programme, and you are fully signed off by an Assessor.


VHNZ will support you throughout your journey with regular contact (visits, phone calls, and texts).

Unit Standards

Unit Standard Unit Description NZQA
20261 Select use, care for and maintain rigging hand tools. 2 3
20262 Select, care, for maintain and use rigging portable power and/or portable compressed air tools. 3 3
20263 Select care for, maintain and use rigging plant and equipment. 3 3
26351 DKO of ropes, and tie knots and hitches during rigging work. 2 2
26352 Work as a team member during rigging operations. 12 3
30692 Perform basic calculations used in a given trade situation. 2 2
30072 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of slinging regular loads safely. 14 3
3789 Sling varied regular loads and safely during crane operations. 15 3
23229, 15757 Working at Height - BOOKED ONTO OPEN COURSE IF NOT HELD. n/a n/a
23966, 23960, 23962 MEWP - BOOKED ONTO OPEN COURSE IF NOT HELD. n/a n/a
30266 Health and Safety - ONLINE. 6 3

Special Note

To complete this course evidence is required of a minimum of 40 verified lifts (slinging and directing of load) with at least 6 variations of lifting operations (site, crane, loads, and communications methods). At least two irregular loads, including one in which centre of gravity is offset, must be observed by the assessor.

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