Qualified versus Certified Rigging
Employers generally choose qualified riggers because they are experienced and know the trade, whereas certification is a reference showing that the rigger has been formally tested. Certified Rigging must be conducted by a third party proctor this is accomplished by using a series of written tests that indicate the rigger is knowledgeable followed by a practical assessment that shows he/she is physically capable. There is much debate on whether one must be a certified rigger versus qualified rigger and the jury is still out as to whether OSHA will mandate a certification by November 2017.
Each industry presents different types of rigging applications, the level of complexity and expertise needed to accomplish the job in a safe productive manner. Only the employer is able to identify the requirements of a qualified rigger in his or her job description. Rigging principles are universal, much like gravity and as we all know a qualified rigger is always in defiance of gravity. Some say Qualified Riggers are a defiant bunch of stubborn, hard working people with a can do attitude, that get $*it done. Well, there is a place for all of us, and defying gravity just so happens to be our place! To better understand Qualified Rigging there is an online course we offer, visit our shop page to learn more.
OSHA Qualified Rigging
OSHA states in CFR 126.1401, 4 and 25 that a qualified rigger is a rigger who meets the criteria for a qualified person.
The employers of qualified riggers must determine whether a qualified rigger is qualified to perform that company’s specific rigging tasks.
Each qualified rigger may have different credentials or experience such as Iron Worker, Pipe Fitter Demolition, Concrete, Road Crew, Lineman, Sign Installer, HVAC technician, Sheet Metal Worker, Roofer, Welder or Lift Director the list goes on and on.
A qualified rigger is a person that:
• possesses a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or
• has extensive knowledge, training, and experience, and
• can successfully demonstrate the ability to solve problems related to rigging loads in his profession
A qualified rigger is a person who has shown competency and skill in his trade
There are several third party companies that offer certified rigging credentials, the 800-pound gorilla in the industry is NCCCO. NCCCO offers level 1 and 2 Certified Rigging tests that are conducted by a proctor. The written exam consists of 60 questions which have to be completed in 60 minutes. The practical for the certified rigging exam demonstrates basic rigging competency.
Some may say that rigging certification is like a driver’s license and does not meet the rigging qualification criteria.
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