Industry Training

Sling Regular Loads and Communicate in the Workplace

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

About the course

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.


Available nationally.


Multiple intakes per year. Please enquire for more information.

Method of study

Part-time - Five week self-paced component followed by a four day block course.

Unit standards

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

Entry requirements

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

To apply 

Please click the apply button in the top right-hand corner of this webpage to begin the application process or alternatively, complete the enquiry form below. For help with applications, please contact 

Enquiry form

Phone number e.g. 027 XXX XXXXX

You will be offered a place subject to meeting the entry and selection requirements and the availability of places on the programme. The Polytechnic reserves the right to not accept late applications, i.e., after the programme has started. The Polytechnic reserves the right to cancel, prior to commencement, any programme which does not attract a minimum number of students. The fees shown are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change. For further information visit here.