Rigging and Signalperson Qualification Training

Rigging & Signalperson Qualification Training Course


Properly trained rigging personnel and signal people are just as important as well-trained operators to the safe, smooth operation of a crane. OSHA mandates that all riggers and signal people meet specific qualifications for their jobs. Our program is designed not only to help your employees meet these requirements, however,  also to impart the skills and knowledge necessary to create a safe, efficient work site. All employers must have qualified rigging personnel present during hoisting activities for assembly and disassembly work. Qualified riggers are also required whenever workers are within the fall zone and hooking, unhooking, or guiding a load, or when they are doing the initial connection of a load to a component or structure.


What is a Qualified Rigger?

A qualified rigger is a person in possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing that identifies them as such, or who has extensive knowledge, training and experience in the area. A qualified rigger must successfully demonstrate the ability to solve problems related to rigging loads and must be able to properly rig the load for a particular job. Qualified riggers are not required to be qualified for every type of rigging job: they must, however, be qualified for whatever type of rigging work they are doing and/or overseeing.


 Riggers do not have to be certified by an accredited organization or assessed by a third party, though employers may choose to require rigger candidates to pass such an assessment.


According to OSHA regulations, a qualified signal person is required to be present when:

  • The point of operation is not in full view of the operator
  • The operator’s view is obstructed in the direction the equipment is traveling
  • Either the operator or the person handling the load determines a signal person is needed because of site-specific concerns


What is a Qualified Signalperson?

A qualified signal person must meet the following criteria:

  • Know and understand the type of signals used at the worksite
  • Be competent using these signals
  • Understand the operations and limitations of the equipment, including crane dynamics involved in swinging, raising, lowering and stopping loads and in boom deflection from hoisting loads
  • Know and understand the relevant signal person qualification requirements specified by OSHA.
  • Pass an oral or written test and a practical test.


Signal people must meet their qualification requirements according to the above assessments, which may be administered either by a third-party qualified evaluator or by a qualified evaluator from within the company. Either way, employers must make documentation of the individual’s qualification available at the worksite. This documentation must specify not only that the signalperson is qualified, but also the specific types of signaling (hand, signal, or any other) for which he or she is qualified.