Training & Qualifications

Training and Assessment FAQs

How can I become a rigger?
What is the difference between training and the NRC / NELC?
Can courses be structured to suit individual company requirements?
Can I train onsite at my venue?

What time do courses start and finish?
What do I need to bring with me?
Where can I stay whilst at UK Rigging?
What will I receive after my course?
Are there any pre course requisites?
What are the methods of payment?
After successfully completing a training course, am I now qualified / competent?


How can I 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 including:

  • Self learning
  • PLASA Trainee Rigger Scheme
  • Live Event Rigger Apprenticeship

To read more, please click here.

It is quite difficult to start working in the entertainment industry, but if you succeed, it is a very rewarding and enjoyable job.


What is the difference between training and the NRC?

For people working as / wishing to be riggers there are two separate things and it depends how much and what you have done before as to what you do:

Training

Teaches students what to do. Depending on which course, students are taught how to do what they are doing properly, work safely on the ground and using personal protective equipment at height, how to rig, how to carry out rescue etc. For every course we run, participants receive a certificate of training.

Qualification

The qualification available for riggers in the UK are the PLASA NRC (National Rigging Certificate). This is purely an exam, there is no teaching / training involved. The NRC Level 2 is for the ‘everyday working rigger’. It is a two day exam, candidates sit a written exam and two practical exams where they must be able to work safely and carry out rigging competently. The NRC Level 3 is for the ‘supervisory rigger’. Candidates must already hold the NRC Level 2. They must sit a written exam with more advanced questions, carry out a risk assessment and be examined supervising one of their own rigging jobs. 


Can courses be structured to suit individual company requirements?

UK Rigging offer bespoke training courses for groups of people. Please contact Liz with details of your requirements.


Can I train onsite at my venue?

Yes, so long as your venue meets our requirements, please discuss this with Liz. The PLASA NRC is an exception, this can only be delivered in approved centres.

There are advantages and disadvantages to carrying out training onsite. At UK Rigging where we know the facility is designed to mimic a variety of scenarios in a controlled environment with the equipment we know is correct, appropriate and safe to use. What is taught here can then be applied onsite. At your own venue, you can learn and practice in the environment in which you work, this is ideal if you always work in the same venue.

If you do wish to be trained at your own site, please please email liz@ukrigging.net to discuss further.


What time do courses start and finish?

Unless otherwise specified,

Training courses: start at 10:00 and finish at approximately 17:00.

NRC and NELC: arrive at 09:00 for a 09:15 start.


What do I need to bring with me?

Training courses: everything including PPE is provided for you. For rescue training, you may bring your own PPE and any devices you wish to discuss / use during the training. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes suitable for climbing.

For the NRC, you need to bring your own PPE. A definitive list is provided by PLASA when you register to take your NRC exam.


Where can I stay whilst at UK Rigging?

A full list of hotels and local guesthouses is provided when you book to do the course. If you require this beforehand, please email liz@ukrigging.net.


What will I receive after my course?

For the training courses, each candidate will receive a certificate of training.

For the PLASA NRC, successful candidates will be qualified and receive a skills card and certificate from PLASA.


Are there any pre course requisites?

All training courses except the rescue course are suitable for anyone to attend. If you have some experience, you will gain more from the courses than if you attend with no previous experience.

For the Rescue Course, candidates should be confident working at height and have a good understanding of PPE for work at height, otherwise they should attend the One Day Work at Height course (or similar) beforehand.

In order to take the PLASA NRC and NELC, you must already be competent as this is purely an exam to prove your competence in rigging.


What are the methods of payment?

Payments can be made by Credit/Debit Card, bank transfer, cheque or cash.


After successfully completing a training course, am I now qualified / competent?

Competence is a combination of training, experience and knowledge. Therefore, no training course alone can make someone competent in rigging. Training however is a step towards becoming competent, and once you feel you are competent, you can look at taking your PLASA NRC or NELC qualification as proof of competency.