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What do
riggers do?

Riggers can be seen in large building sites across New Zealand, using complex rigging systems to transport large items into place. It’s a highly skilled job that plays a vital role in making sure buildings and structures are constructed safely and smoothly.

Riggers are responsible for safely setting up and controlling the movement of loads, which are usually suspended, over distance. You will operate a variety of hoisting devices and rigging equipment. It’s a great career choice if you enjoy working at heights. A rewarding career and exciting opportunities. 

Why become a

Start your career with no student loan

Earn a wage from day one, and finish your programme without a massive loan hanging over your head!


Work that suits your lifestyle

Work outdoors instead of being stuck in the same office all day. As your career grows, you’ll have more freedom and flexibility in your schedule to fit in more time for the things that matter, such as family, hobbies, and interests.


A variety of experiences

No two days are the same! You’ll get the chance to work on a wide range of jobs throughout your career.


As a Rigging trainee, you’ll be working, learning, and earning money at the same time. You’ll work closely with experienced people at your company to learn everything you need to become a qualified Rigger. During your training, you’ll learn the skills you need to become a Rigger in two ways:


On-job learning

This is the practical learning side of your training. Someone at your company will teach you the tasks you’ll carry out in your day-to-day work, and you will be assessed on how well you can do these tasks.


Off-job learning

This is the theory learning side of your training, where you’ll be studying different topics throughout your training to support the skills you learn on the job.

can i go?

To become a fully qualified rigger, you will first need to find employment with a rigging company that will train you up. You will gain nationally recognised training in rigging.


There are some great qualifications that are available in Rigging. Click on the titles below to read more about these qualifications.

New Zealand Certificate in Rigging (Level 3) General - Basic

If you have less than two years’ work experience in rigging* and are interested in a career in rigging, you can do the New Zealand Certificate in Rigging (Level 3). This is the first step on the rigging pathway and covers the basics of rigging.

As a graduate of this programme, you will gain the skills to work as a specialist rigger in various industries. You will be able to prepare and complete rigging work under limited supervision. This includes the ability to safely set up and control the movement of loads over distance (usually suspended), to operate a variety of hoisting devices and rigging equipment, and to work safely at heights.

To enrol in this course, you will need to:

be employed and engaged with work related to Rigging; and
hold a current comprehensive workplace first-aid certificate.
The New Zealand Certificate in Rigging (Level 3) takes approximately a year to complete and is done through block courses, on-the-job learning, and verification.

For more information or to enrol, please contact 0800 72 33 848 or

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.

Funding and subsidies may be available for New Zealand and Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents living in New Zealand.

NOTE: Should the learner not complete the programme by the end of the stated duration or meet the funding requirements, they may be invoiced the price detailed in the Investment Schedule.


Is it
for me?

There are some basic skills which will help you go far in your career as a rigger. You should be:

  • Responsible and well-organised
  • Happy working outdoors in any weather
  • Good at communicating with others
  • Patient and observant
  • Comfortable with heights
  • Reasonably fit, with good hand-eye coordination, hearing, and eyesight (with or without glasses)
  • Flexible with working hours, as evening, weekend and on call is sometimes required


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