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.


The rigging apprenticeship is called ‘Live Event Rigger’ and is three years long. Apprentices work full time at UK Rigging (or another company that offers the apprenticeship) on an apprentice wage, doing the relevant work to make them very familiar with:
  • Rigging equipment – preparation, storage, maintenance
  • How rigging equipment works
  • The people who work at UK Rigging
  • They way UK Rigging operate
Apprentices will go out on various events with our Project Managers to learn how to rig. Apprentices will attend various training courses over the course of the three years. They will attend training courses at college, sit the National Rigging Certificate exam after two years and work towards achieving their apprenticeship qualification after three years.
For more information, please click here.
If you are interested in becoming an apprentice, please email

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