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Skills

Skills and Knowledge

What types of things are being assessed?

To register for Level 2 or Level 3, a candidate will need to supply witness testimonies and other forms of evidence to provide confirmation of their experience. Detail of the evidence required is available at www.plasa.org/pd/qualifications/register/Evidence Requirements.pdf.

During the assessment process, candidates will be given a number of written questions relating to the rigging standards to assess their underpinning knowledge. Level 2 candidates will also be given defined rigging tasks in the form of practical scenarios to complete within a specified time. These scenarios encompass the basic rigging skills required in rigging work using chain hoists, trusses and rigging accessories and are relevant within any sector where entertainment rigging work is carried out.

Outlined below are some of the skills and knowledge requirements:

Level 2

  • Understanding of basic legal requirements and personal responsibilities in rigging work.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the terms used in entertainment rigging.
  • Working safely and effectively as part of a team.
  • Working from plans and marking out rigging points.
  • Making pre-use checks of equipment.
  • Preparing and assembling rigging.
  • Making attachments to structures at height and at ground level.
  • Controlling the lift.
  • Knowledge of basket and choke hitches.
  • Knowledge of dead-hangs and bridles.
  • Using electric chain hoists (motors) and controllers safely.
  • Using steel, chain and fibre slings, shackles and masterlinks correctly.
  • Safe working at height, including using personal fall protection systems (PFPS) and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Assembling, slinging and lifting trusses.
  • Terminating steel wire rope using industry-standard methods.
  • Using hauling lines and the knots used for safe lifting.

Level 3

In addition to all the above for Level 2

  • Writing risk assessments and implementing the control measures identified in them.
  • Making rigging calculations and load estimations for trusses, bridles and slinging.
  • Supervising other riggers on site and interpreting method statements.
  • Understanding legal requirements, personal and organisational responsibilities in rigging work.
  • Working safely, communicating effectively and supervising a team.
  • Interpreting and devising plans and marking out rigging points.
  • Controlling the lifting operation.
  • Confirming the correct use of lifting equipment.
  • Supervising work at height and use of personal fall protection systems.
  • Knowledge of appropriate rescue planning.
  • Ensuring correct use of truss system.
  • Supervision of the operation of access equipment.
  • Knowledge of rope work appropriate and knots used for supervising safe lifting with hauling lines.

Please note: rope access does not form part of the assessment.