Rigger and Signal Person (Advanced) Training Online

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Advance Rigging & Signaling Online Training, designed by trainers with 15+ years of onsite training experience. The estimated time for this training is 4 – 5 hours.

*Equivalent to NCCCO’s level 3 training when combined with the proper practical experience

  • OSHA-Authorized: OSHA-authorized courses that are reviewed yearly & updated to meet the latest standards.
  • Instant Access: After purchasing, you'll have immediate access to the online course.
  • Printable Certificates: Upon completion, you will receive a printable certificate and OSHA wallet card.
  • For Businesses: We offer company accounts and bulk discounts.

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What’s in the Advanced Rigger & Signaler Course?

Our Rigger and Signalman safety training course is regulation aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement. Each class contains sections on weight, angles and stress, center of gravity, sling hitches and types, and the hardware and lifting devices these workers can expect to work with. 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.

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 4 – 5 hours.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees
  • Supervisors

OSHA Requirements: This course meets the following OSHA Requirements:

  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart CC – Cranes and Derricks in Construction
  • 29 CFR 1926.180 – Crawler, locomotive and truck cranes
  • ASME B30.5 – Mobile and locomotive cranes
  • ASME B30.22 – Articulating boom cranes
  • 29 CFR 1910.179 – Overhead cranes and gantries
  • 29 CFR 1926.554 – Overhead hoists
  • ASME B30.2, 11, 16, 17 – Overhead and gantry cranes

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction, Stability, Load Charts
  2. Rigging I – Equipment
  3. Rigging II – Rigging Principles
  4. Safe Operations & Conclusion
  5. Final Exam

Why Take Our Online Advanced Rigger & Signaler Training?

Our online training course provides a substantial, thorough, and effective way to learn how to work safely. We’ve been providing industry-specific safety training solutions for individuals, safety managers, and business owners for over 15 years.

The online course meets the classroom requirement for occupational safety training. It also includes a proficiency checklist that employers can use to perform a practical evaluation, in accordance with standards and regulations.

We have fine-tuned this training to provide you with the best experience possible. Our robust training approach gives an interactive experience that helps learners retain information and apply it on the job site, preventing costly accidents and fines. Safety training is an investment. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs.

Why Buy Our Advanced Rigger & Signal Person Training Course?

The exercise workbook and rigging reference card for this training will be available for download upon purchase.
This course also includes practical exam guides and examination helps, as well as hand signal and rigging poster files, which can be accessed and used by your employer after the written exam for the purpose of administering the required practical examination.

  • Complete Training: First and foremost our goal is to keep you safe and save you money. Don't risk getting expensive OSHA fines because you settled for a sub-par training program that didn't cover safety topics in depth. Train using a program that helps you retain what is learned so that it is put into practice on job sites.
  • Cost-Effective: Hiring a trainer to come on-site can be expensive. In contrast, our online curriculum lowers costs while still providing a professional training experience.
  • Records Tracking System: We offer an easy-to-use management system so that if you have multiple students who are receiving the training you can have access to all records, all-terrain certificates, observation guides and more! (contact us if you would like us to quickly create a company account for you)
  • Train Your Way: You can use this online training program for new hire training, refresher training or train remotely. Access it from anywhere and work on your schedule.
  • Interactive Learning: Special reminders and quiz questions throughout the course prep students for the final exam so that it is passed the first time.
  • Corporate License: Do you want to host this course on your own server? Contact us about obtaining broadcasting rights for this and any of our other online courses.

Don’t want online training, check out our Advance Rigging & Signaling training kit.

What Is an Advanced Rigger?

Riggers use rigging equipment to move heavy goods and equipment across construction sites. Some of the most common pieces of rigging equipment are:

  • Pulleys
  • Cranes
  • Winches

Riggers use temporary structures like scaffolding on construction sites to move and install precast facades and panels on new buildings.

An advanced rigger should be able to recognize and translate safety and load indication devices. They also must be able to:

  • Read capacity and load charts
  • Identify unique mechanical advantages
  • Find the center of gravity as it pertains to the rigging operation
  • Understand the effects of angles or indirect tugging in the rigging process

Crane Rigging

Cranes are flexible machines that can be used for a variety of tasks. These tasks can range from loading and unloading commodities to lifting materials or humans to heights of hundreds of feet. The most important part of lifting loads during crane operations is rigging. Rigging plays an important part in ensuring the operations go safely and smoothly. Even with the safest cranes and equipment, accidents will happen if the load rigging is wrong.

Individuals in charge of rigging should be experienced and understand all the rigging procedures. The most important part of rigging is safety. After all, the primary goal of rigging is to aid in the reduction or elimination of injuries and accidents.

What Type of Work Would an Advanced Rigger Perform?

The primary function of a rigger is to ensure that heavy equipment and supplies are transported safely around the workplace. This is a high-risk task, but it is also a rewarding occupation with opportunities to advance and learn more in-depth skills. Riggers install or repair rigging for:

  • Building projects
  • Manufacturing operations
  • Logging yards
  • Ships and shipyards
  • Entertainment industry

They also signal or verbally direct employees to raise and transfer loads to ensure worker and material safety. Other responsibilities include:

  • Rigging testing to assure safety and dependability.
  • Using hand and power tools, attach loads to rigging to give support or to prepare them for moving.
  • Choose equipment like cables, pulleys, and winches based on load weights and sizes, facilities, and work schedules.
  • Using chain falls, gin poles, gallows frames, and other equipment, to control the flow of heavy equipment through tiny openings or limited spaces.
  • Using multi-point suspension techniques, tilt, dip, and turn suspended loads to maneuver over, under, or around obstacles.
  • Install yarding line ground rigging, fastening chokers to logs and lines.

OSHA Program Requirements: Advanced Riggers

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) laws and regulations controlling cranes and derricks, a rigger must be designated a “qualified rigger” to do particular activities on the project site. Employers that enable an unqualified rigger to do lifting and hoisting duties may be subject to an OSHA violation.

Defining Qualified & Advanced Rigger

A rigger must meet two key criteria in order to be deemed a qualified rigger:

  1. They must hold a recognized certificate, or professional status, or have verified knowledge, training, and experience.
  2. They must demonstrate their ability to discover and implement solutions to rigging load concerns.

Qualified riggers do not need to be qualified for every form of rigging job imaginable; only the task at hand is required. Because each rigging load has its own characteristics, handling them might be easy or might be complex.

However, prior experience does not guarantee that a rigger is qualified to rig, especially when rigging loads that are unstable, abnormally large, or eccentric. Loads like this may necessitate a tandem lift, several lifts, or the usage of custom rigging equipment. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that the individual charged with rigging work is qualified and has the necessary equipment for each and every job.

The Ultimate Choice

Furthermore, a qualified rigger is not obliged to carry any documents that verify their qualifications. They can carry these documents, but it is ultimately up to the employer to decide their suitability for the particular task. Finally, obtaining a license or certification through approved programs does not necessarily qualify a rigger. The employer is always responsible for determining whether or not an employee is qualified for a certain rigging task.

Certified Operator vs. Advanced Rigger

Certified operators and qualified riggers require separate certifications. While certified operators may meet the standards for a qualified rigger, they must have the necessary knowledge and experience to accompany it.

However, the qualifications for these two professions differ, and permitting one or both to perform work for which they are not qualified may result in an OSHA violation. Consult an OSHA attorney if you are unsure if an employee fits the requirements for any of these roles.

Advanced Rigger Annual Salary

A rigger’s salary ranges from $32,480 to $78,200, depending on experience and industry knowledge. They will most likely earn $53,000 every year; however, riggers are paid the most in New York, where they earn an average of about $78,910.

Rigger Working Conditions

Riggers operate under different conditions based on the type of task they do. They also have a variety of career options, ranging from self-employment to industrial occupations. Riggers who have contractual employment may have to move in order to find work. However, those who work in industrial plants and similar organizations are rarely confronted with this issue.

They may also work in the oil or mining industries, depending on their employment needs and experience. Riggers work on drilling rigs in the oil and gas business, operating all components of the drilling apparatus and monitoring the rig’s performance. Marine riggers install, repair, and maintain the ropes, cables, winches, and pulleys carried by ships in the maritime industry.

Communication is Key

As a rigger, communication is arguably the most critical skill to have. Rigging includes the use of a crane to lift large materials. Riggers and people around them must be mindful of the dangers when operating a crane. It is critical for these individuals to have effective verbal communication skills in order to deliver clear instructions to those around them. This assures the safety of all those working on the site.

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Crane stability is based on the principle of balance and leverage. The leverage on the crane’s side must always be greater or the crane will tip over. The principle of balance and leverage formula looks something like this: The torque (leverage) of a crane is equal to the effective weight of the crane multiplied by the distance from the center of rotation to the tipping point.

Load Charts

Load charts differ from one crane to the next. Load charts for small utility or knuckle cranes are simply a chart that indicates the boom and capacity at various boom lengths and radii. Other cranes employ different load tables based on the boom sections, stabilizer and outrigger deployment, and attachments used during the pick.

Sling Damage

Punctures and snags are the most typical types of synthetic sling damage. Never place loads on top of slings or take slings out from beneath loads. Slings should always be protected when wrapped around sharp corners or protrusions.

Wire Rope Slings

Wire rope slings are lubricated during manufacturing, however, they should also be regularly greased to extend service life. There is no clear rule for how much or how frequently this should be done because it is largely dependent on the circumstances in which the sling is utilized.

Chain Slings

Before usage, all chain slings must be visually examined and properly inspected link by link at least once a month.


In order to estimate the size and capacity of the slings and rigging hardware needed for a successful pick, you should consult an approved rigging card before planning a lift.

Shackles, eyebolts, swivel hoist rings, hooks, or lift type weld-on lugs are all acceptable types of hardware. Use lifting hardware carefully and at the correct angle. Do not overexert these parts. Check the lifting hardware for bends, corrosion, nicks, and pits before you use it.

Lifting Devices

There are countless specialized below-the-hook lifting tools available for use during a lift. Most are offered by various distributors, while some are created for specific lifts by skilled engineers. Use lifting equipment only for the specified purpose, and adhere to any guidelines established by the manufacturer.


The single most crucial safety measure in rigging and hoisting is to know the weight of the cargo before attempting to lift it. The use of the crane’s load chart, the selection of the appropriate capacity slings, and the rigging equipment for the pick all depend on it.

Angles & Stress

Nobody should be permitted to rig loads without being aware of the strains that are placed on the slings when lifted at various angles. The lifting capacity of a sling is decreased when slings or sling legs are utilized at an angle. The reduction in weight depends on the sling’s angle. The load may also be stressed by sling angles. A rigger must consider the pressures the sling will experience when using an angle in addition to the load it will be lifting when selecting the right sling.

Sling Hitches

There are many variations of the three fundamental hitches that a rigger might use to control the load during a lift. Keep in mind that the rated capacity of the sling might vary significantly depending on the type of hitch used to raise the load.

Slings must be able to accommodate certain hitches on the tag in order to be used. The manufacturer, a description of the sling, the material it is made of, and its size should all be listed on the tag. The sling should be taken out of operation and should be replaced if the tag is unreadable or missing.

Crane Operations

No other task on a building project has a higher risk of failure than operating a crane. Every employee working with a crane must be aware of their duties, obligations, and contribution to the overall safety of each lift.

Crane Safety

Your company’s safety regulations, as well as those for the crane and any attachments you want to use, must be reviewed and understood. Riggers should have detailed knowledge of capacity and warning labels, attachment processes, safe operations, maintenance, and attachment procedures.

Know Your Worksite

The planning of all activities is the secret to a safe crane operation. Daily safety meetings should be held regardless of whether you are preparing to construct the crane, setting up the site, or working on a project to explain the job, processes, and duties; plan for potential dangers; and address any adjustments that need to be made.

Know Your Machine

Before the day or work shift begins, perform a complete pre-shift examination of the machine. Make sure everything was done correctly and that there is enough fuel. Of course, it should go without saying that you should never operate a crane that needs maintenance or repair.

Why Do I Need Advanced Rigger Signaler Training?

Anyone who uses or is around heavy machinery is required by law to get training before working independently. While there are extremely strict standards for forklift refresher training or other operations. Although most other equipment doesn’t have to meet such exact specifications, it’s still a good idea to adhere to the same rules.

OSHA’s guideline for refresher training is particularly strict in some situations and requires that workers be reevaluated every three years to see whether they are still competent enough to operate the machinery. According to best practices, all forms of equipment should follow this same principle. It is prohibited to grant a so-called “free-pass” based on experience, age, or length of employment. The employer will set the evaluation’s scope, but it must include a written and practical test to demonstrate continued competence.

Our Advanced Rigger Signaler Training

Our online version of OSHA’s classroom training requirement is satisfied by our regulation-aligned Rigger and Signalman safety training course. Each class has sections on weight, angles and stress, the center of gravity, several types of sling hitches, and the tools and lifting equipment that these workers will likely use.

For the final written test that is part of the course, this presentation includes periodic practice quizzes. This course contains a checklist that employers can follow when conducting a practical exam in addition to the written exam.

The other applicable federal, state, provincial, territorial, and local criteria must still be familiar to you.

Other Training Options:

We offer two other types of training for this course. The other training types are DIY training kits and a train the trainer certification course. An identical final exam and OSHA-aligned safety training certificate applies, no matter which of the three format options you choose below.

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Our online trainings are great for those who want to learn at their own pace and on their own time. Online trainings can be completed from any location, eliminating the need for expensive seminars.

Employers can assign employees specific trainings and keep track of their progress and exam scores. We also offer group trainings, company accounts, and even bulk discounts for businesses.

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Training Kit

Our kits are the perfect resource for those who want the freedom of training employees themselves. Unlike traditional trainings that are taken once, the kit offers a complete initial training as well as activities and materials to train employees long after they’ve been certified.

These materials include practical evaluations, exams, toolbox trainings, accident profiles, ect.

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Train the Trainer

Train-the-trainer courses allow employers to take full control of the training process. Employees who take these courses are fully certified to use the training kit and train others.

This means that employers can hold training seminars and courses without the need for third-party trainers. We will also include a training presentation and materials to train others.

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When you purchase (credits) you are essentially buying seats in a virtual classroom. You may assign any employee(s) to any class(es) at any time until those (seats) have all been assigned.

Whether you are looking to save on a few guys or your whole crew, we make it affordable for everyone to get safety training. These discounts are available on all of our online trainings! Look below to see the breakdown of what you can save when you buy your course seats (credits) in bulk with Safety Provisions.

Online Safety Training FAQs

What does each online class cover?

Generally speaking, each course covers the following: 1. Overview of the Course/Introduction to the Equipment 2. Anatomy, including pre-shift inspections 3. Stability Principles 4. Common Hazards/Accident Profiles 5. Safe Operation 6. Rigging and Hand Signals (for crane courses only).

How long is the course?

Trainees go at their own pace, but in general each class (including the exam) takes anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours. We recommend planning for two or more so you don’t end up rushing through the exam.

Are these courses OSHA-aligned?

All of our Hard Hat Training online courses were built and continue to be updated by our trainers and inspectors using OSHA and ANSI guidelines. But it is important to understand that by OSHA-aligned, we mean it follows to the best of our ability the best practices and safety principles put forth by OSHA. In an online format, it is not possible to cover every code for every situation or hazard across every industry. For this reason, our safety training solutions are tools to further knowledge and help employers train and/or certify their crew. But just because a course or program is OSHA-aligned it does not necessarily mean a company as a whole will be aligned or avoid citation if OSHA were to audit them. There is so much more that goes into collective company alignment with OSHA. For example, workers need to be observed applying in the field what they learned in the classroom. This observation/practical exam should be done by trainers, supervisors, or other designated competent persons. Whether you use our training kits or online courses, we provide guides to help employers do this. Other things that need to be done for ultimate alignment may include but are not limited to: addressing with your crew any gaps in the training or additional hazards or principles specific to your work situation; creating, training on, and enforcing and abiding by written safety programs (also known as plans or procedures); and performing regular inspections and risk assessments.

Are the e-learning classes up-to-date with OSHA standards?

Yes, all of our Hard Hat Training online courses are up-to-date with the latest OSHA standards. As standards change, we make changes to the courses. If you purchase any of our online courses outright, though, it will then be your responsibility to update the course in accordance with any changes to the standard.

Does this course certify or qualify me?

There is a lot of confusion among operators and even companies about what it means to be certified or qualified. Simply put, no, a course does not certify anyone, only an employer does. Or, in other words, because it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure an employee is properly trained, it is also his or her responsibility to say when the employee is “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.” The online courses, like our training kits on CD or USB Drive or even live training via a 3rd party, is just a tool to help them in doing so.

According to OSHA, all operators of heavy equipment must receive operator training. Proper training must include a classroom portion including a written exam, as well as a practical hands-on portion/exam wherein the operator is observed operating the machine. The online course satisfies the required classroom portion of the training. Upon completion of the course and written exam, the safety administrator of the company will receive a checklist which can be used to observe the trainee on the machine. When done successfully, the administrator signs the bottom of the form. At this point, unless further training is required by your employer, you have done everything required by OSHA to be considered by your employer as “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.”

If I pass this class and exam can I take my certification and get a job anywhere?

See “Does this course certify me?” This will depend on your employer. Remember, it is their responsibility to see that you are trained and if there is ever an accident, it is they who will have to prove to OSHA that they trained you sufficiently. Because of this, while some smaller businesses may simply accept your certificate and a copy of your test, more often than not they will require you to go through their own training program. This is their right to do so. It is their further responsibility to train you in accordance with the job, site, equipment, etc. Having said that, we have fielded many calls from potential employers who wanted to learn more about the classroom portion of the training we offered. After hearing our explanation, they accepted the online class as satisfying the classroom portion of the required training and proceeded to do their own practical.

How long is the training good for?

OSHA standards dictate that safety certification needs to be completed at least once every three years. Since no online course can provide “certification,” these courses will combine with your onsite practical training to fulfill OSHA’s requirements for up to three years. Having said that, refresher training is required sooner if an employee changes sites or jobs, is asked to operate a different type of the equipment, is involved in a near-miss or accident, or is observed operating the machine in a dangerous manner.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, upon successful completion of the course and exam, you will have immediate electronic access to your test, a certificate, and a checklist you can use for the practical hands-on portion of the training. Simply print them off.

How many people can use this course? Can I play it for several employees at the same time?

When a course is assigned to an employee, only that employee can take the course. There are many reasons for this, but most importantly the course is designed to train that one employee per OSHA regulations. Also, there is a final written exam at the end that will be linked to the trainee assigned. OSHA requires proof of training and if multiple people were to sit in on that one course, they would not get credit for taking it.

Can I customize the classes?

Your business’s learning portal can be completely customized for your employees including colors and logo. Additionally, if you purchase our courses outright to be used on your own company LMS (learning management system), you also get the right to rebuild them and customize them to meet your own needs. If you have Adobe Captivate, which we use to build our courses, customization is even easier.

Are SCORM/Tin Can options available for use on our own company LMS?

All of our online courses are designed to be SCORM-compatible and can be easily uploaded to your company’s current SCORM-friendly LMS. You can license their use annually or purchase them outright. Licensing or purchasing them outright does not, however, give you the right to resell or distribute our courses to parties other than those whom you are training.

If we buy or license the eLearning courses for use on our own LMS, can you customize them for us?

Yes, we have done and continue to do this for clients. Pricing depends on the extent of customization requested. Please contact us for a quote.

Can I resell these trainings?

We do have resale options available. Contact us regarding resale opportunities.

How do I Look Up My OSHA Alignment Safety Certification?

So, you have already purchased a course from us, taken the online training, and passed the certifaction exam with flying colors. Now what? Most people want to print off a copy of thier OSHA Alignment Safety Certification and keep it for your records. Learn how to do that.

2 reviews for Rigger and Signal Person (Advanced) Training Online

  1. Ron R.

    It was done well

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thanks, Ron. We spend a lot of time creating the materials, and we’re happy to know that you had a positive experience with this course.

  2. Alan F.

    Good course

    • Hard Hat Training

      Hello Alan, thanks for your review! We are glad that you had a good experience with the course! Thanks for choosing Hard Hat Training.

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How Does Online Training Work?

Each employee or individual takes the online course at their own pace. Quiz questions are included along the way to prepare for the final exam (Employers or managers may assign employees to specific safety courses). Quiz questions are included along the way to prepare for the final exam.

Instant access to your safety certification and wallet card is granted when the online course is completed and the subsequent online exam is passed. Once the online exam is passed, administer the practical exam. We suggest correcting any mistakes and having the trainee initial the edit on the practical exam sheet. Congratulations! You have finished your online safety training course.


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