The ability to safely and competently calculate, sling, lift and control crane lifts on-site is a critical skill in the crane industry.

You’ll learn how to calculate regular loads correctly, understand the technical aspects of slinging and lifting regular loads, and use internationally recognised communications methods to control crane operations on the work site, all while identifying potential hazards and adjusting to environmental change.

Known in the industry as the “Rigger/Dogman course”, and targeted at people who already have some workplace experience, our focus is on the individual student and we’ll work with you until you’re ready to take your new skills onto the job site.

You’ll be able to:

  • Calculate weights or regular loads.
  • Prepare and plan for lifts
  • Safely sling and lift different types of regular loads
  • Direct and control crane operations throughout the lift
  • Use a "constant talk method" of radio communication with crane operators
  • Use international hand signals

Like the rest of New Zealand’s construction industry, the crane business is booming. Skilled people are in high demand by businesses who know the value of having capable staff in command of multimillion-dollar machinery and loads. Take your career to the next level with Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s industry-recognised, quality-focused cranes training.

  • Awards:
    Tai Poutini Polytechnic Short Award
  • Location:
    Available nationally
  • Method of Study:
    Part time
  • Total Duration:
    5 week self-paced component followed by a 4 day block course
  • Dates:
    Multiple intakes per year

Unit Standards

  • US 3789 Sling regular loads and communicate during crane operations.

Entry Criteria

  • Be 16 years of age or over.
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) 5.5.

Note: Some courses within this programme require specific levels of physical ability.


This is a Safety Sensitive Programme