Training & Qualifications

How to Become a Rigger

It can be extremely tough to become a rigger and opportunities are limited. However if you are keen, hard working and willing to succeed, there are various ways.

A rigger needs:

  • Training – knowledge should be gained through learning and formal courses for example the Three Day Rigging for the Entertainment Industry Course.
  • Experience – practical skills through real life rigging work must be gained in order to become a competent rigger.
  • Qualification – in order to work as a rigger, most companies require that you hold the NRC rigging qualification.  Until that point, you will need to work as a trainee under supervision.
  • Contacts – many riggers work on a freelance basis, being a successful rigger relies upon building a good reputation with a variety of contacts.
  • Insurance – working as a freelance rigger requires public liability insurance.


Through having good contacts and a good attitude to work (often for free!), some people are able to find their way into being a rigger without a structured learning scheme.


This method of becoming a rigger is essentially candidate led but with the guidance of information sent to you by PLASA including the following:

  • Syllabus – to help you choose relevant training.
  • Log Book – provides a method of recording your rigging work experience.
  • Electronic booklet – gives you information about rigging as a career, using the Rigging Handbook, how to complete the Log Book, the equipment you will need, finding riggers to sign off your log book and preparation for the National Rigging Certificate (NRC).
  • Rigging Handbook – information on rigging theory, your responsibilities under the law, and if in due course you wish to be assessed at NRC Level 2, what you will be required to be competent in.

Registration costs £199 +VAT.

Click here to register with PLASA.


Our apprenticeship scheme is currently being reviewed.
If you are interested in training to be a rigger with us, please email and ask to be placed on the trainee mailing list.
Once a training position becomes available, we will send you an email with details of the position and information on how to apply.

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