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Intro to Rigging & Signaling Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and Canada.


We Offer Three Types of Rigging & Signaling Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Rigging & Signaling certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Rigging & Signaling Training Course?

Our Intro to Rigging and Signaling training course is regulation aligned, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on general definitions, site setup, rigging equipment, rigging principles, crane operations, and hand signals.

As part of this training, we’ll show you why it’s important to conduct a thorough pre-shift inspection each day before using the equipment. You will also learn about machine stability and the importance of knowing the aerial lift’s capacity. We will also emphasize the importance of planning each job and setting up the machine and site properly to avoid hazards and obstacles around the worksite. Finally, you will learn about some of the common hazards associated with aerial lifts so you know how to recognize, avoid, or minimize them.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 2.5 – 3 hours.

Intended Audience:

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, and local standards, this training encompasses the following laws and regulations:


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Rigging & Signaling Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1926.1419 – Signals – general requirements
  • 29 CFR 1926.1420 – Signals – radio, telephone or other electronic transmission of signals
  • 29 CFR 1926.1421 – Signals – voice signals, additional requirements
  • 29 CFR 1926.1422 – Signals – hand signal chart
  • Canada Standards

  • CAN/CSA-Z150-11: Safety Code on Mobile Cranes
  • CAN/CSA-Z150.3-11: Safety Code on Articulating Boom Cranes
  • CAN/CSA-C22.2: Safety Code for Material Hoists
  • ISO 16715:2014 – Hand Signals Used with Cranes
  • ASME/ANSI B30.1-29: Cranes, Slings, Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices
  • ASME/ANSI B30.22 Articulating Boom Cranes
  • CAN/CSA-B167-08: Overhead Traveling Cranes (design, inspection, testing, maintenance, safe operation)
  • ASME B30.2 – Overhead and Gantry Cranes (top running bridge, single/multiple girder, top running trolley hoist)
  • ASME B30.11 – Monorails and Under-hung Cranes
  • ASME B30.11 – Monorails and Under-hung Cranes
  • ASME B30.17 – Overhead and Gantry Cranes (top running bridge, simple girder, under-hung hoist)

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Rigging & Signaling Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who works with or around heavy machinery must receive training prior to working on their own. While requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, OSHA’s standard in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

    Stay Informed On All Things Rigging & Signaling

    Did You Know?

    From 2011 to 2017, there were 297 total crane-related deaths reported — that’s an average of 42 per year. (Source: BLS).

    Nearly 50% of all fatal crane injuries were caused by an employee being struck by an object or equipment. (Source: BLS).

    Cranes were invented in Ancient Greece. (Source: Hevi-Haul).


    Intro to Rigging & Signaling Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is the difference between a rigger and signal person?

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    The duties of a rigger and signal person may overlap, but some worksites designate employees to strictly act as a signal person without any rigging responsibilities.

    What is the most common misuse of rigging?

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    Failing to inspect rigging equipment is the most common misuse of rigging. As a rigger or signal person, you should perform thorough pre-shift inspections of all slings, lifting hardware, and below-the-hook lifting devices. A damaged piece of equipment can lead to load failure and serious accidents.

    Who can be a signal person?

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    Anyone wishing to be a signal person must be trained and evaluated through a written and practical test. This can be done through a qualified third party, or the employer can have a qualified evaluator (in their employ) do the assessment. However, we should note here that if you are certified by your employer, this certification cannot follow you to another job as a third-party assessment would.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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