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Introduction to the Trainee Rigger Scheme

The Trainee Rigger Scheme has been designed to provide a pathway for those seeking a career in entertainment rigging.

If you are interested in getting involved in rigging, you are advised to seek work with a local crewing company in your area who work in arenas, exhibitions, live events, or touring in the first instance.

In order for you to be able to make the best of the scheme, you need to have some proximity to NRC qualified riggers - they are the only people who can sign off experience you will be recording in your Log Book. A list of qualified riggers is available here.

There is a three year expiry date printed on your card.

You are required to have attended one of the specified industry-related 1 Day Health and Safety courses before signing up. For more information see here.

What is provided:

A syllabus is provided to help you choose relevant training.

You are provided with a Log Book, detailing tasks you are expected to build experience in.

You are provided with an electronic booklet which gives you information about rigging as a career, using the Rigging Handbook, how to complete the Log Book, the equipment you will need, finding riggers to sign off your log book and preparation for the National Rigging Certificate (NRC).

You are provided with the Rigging Handbook which has information on rigging theory, your responsibilities under the law, and if in due course you wish to be assessed at NRC Level 2, what you will be required to be competent in. No training is directly provided by PLASA.

Registration costs £199 +VAT.

Should you choose to progress to and NRC Level 2 qualification, you will automatically be given a discount on the cost.

Follow the instructions below to register.

  1. Save an image of the card or certificate issued by the H&S training provider, ready for submission as part of the registration process.
  2. Save a passport-style photograph of yourself to upload
  3. Save an image of your signature on a plain white background to upload

Click here to register

Payment is taken using a credit or debit card. If you wish to apply by phone, please call 01323 524120.


These definitions have been agreed by the National Rigging Advisory Group:

Rigging is:

The installation, removal, or other activity using lifting, or suspension equipment, or accessories used in tension for lifting or supporting display, production, performance, or event technical requirements.

A Rigger is:

A competent person employed to carry out rigging.