The National Rigging Certificate (NRC) is the certification required for anyone actively working in rigging in the events and entertainment industry.
The qualification provides riggers with a means of demonstrating that they have attained a professional standard within their chosen rigging discipline. It provides employers and venue operators with a benchmark to use when hiring. Upon gaining the award, individuals are issued with a certificate and an NRC ID card.
The certification ‘assesses’ riggers – it is not a training programme. As well as the assessment, candidates must also provide evidence of work experience as a rigging professional.
The National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG) acts as the advisory body for the NRC.
Who should be NRC registered?
The NRC is a required certification for anyone actively working in rigging at height in the events industry.
NRC Level 2 and 3
NRC Level 2 is the required certification for Riggers. Those who achieve the Level 2 qualification can work as a rigger without direct supervision.
NRC Level 3 is a Rigging Supervisor qualification. Those who achieve the Level 3 qualification can supervise other riggers.
Level 3 candidates must have previously achieved Level 2. An existing NRC Level 2 card holder can register to take their Level 3 qualification if they have a minimum of 12 months experience of working within a supervisory capacity, from the time of gaining the Level 2 skills card.
What does the NRC assess?
Candidates are assessed with both written questions relating to rigging standards to assess their underpinning knowledge, as well as practical rigging tasks to test their basic rigging skills. Skills tested include chain hoists, trusses and rigging accessories and are relevant within any sector where entertainment rigging work is carried out. Scroll down to see a complete overview.
Candidates must also provide evidence of work experience as a rigging professional. To see a complete list of the supporting evidence you are required submit click here.
How do I apply?
- Register to the NRC scheme using this link. Once your registration and payment is processed you will receive your ‘Candidate Information Pack’ together with your unique candidate reference number – a number which is allocated to and will be your NRC ID card number in the future.
- Once your registration has been confirmed, your chosen NRC Assessment Centre will contact you within 10 working days to make further arrangements in relation to dates and your assessment.
- Assessment for Level 2 will take place over two consecutive days at an assessment centre. Level 3 requires 1 day at an assessment centre, followed by a one-day workplace-based assessment to assess supervisory skills only.
What does it cost?
Payment is made in two stages:
- An initial registration fee, which includes your candidate pack, NRC handbook, NRC ID card and certificate.
- An assessment centre fee which is paid directly to your chosen assessment centre.
- UK: £199 + VAT
- Europe: £249
- International: £ 299
If your employer is a member of PLASA you receive a 10% discount
Assessment centre costs
- UK: £650 + VAT
- Europe: £700
- International: please enquire
Assessment Centres and Dates
Unusual Rigging – Northampton
+44 (0)1604 830083
Unusual Rigging are now fully booked for 2018, however may accept group bookings with a minimum of 4 candidates – please contact them directly.
21st and 22nd January 2019
18th and 19th March 2019
20th and 21st May 2019
22nd and 23rd July 2019
16th and 17th September 2019
18th and 19th November 2019
21st January 2019
18th March 2019
20th May 2019
22nd July 2019
16th September 2019
18th November 2019
UK Rigging – Bolton
+44 (0)1204 391343
10th and 11th October 2018
4th and 5th December 2018
25th and 26th February 2019
15th and 16th April 2019
10th and 11th June 2019
19th and 20th August 2019
7th and 8th October 2019
16th and 17th December 2019
10th October 2018
4th December 2018
25th February 2019
15th April 2019
10th June 2019
19th August 2019
7th October 2019
16th December 2019
In addition to the UK, there is an assessment centre in Malmo, Sweden. The qualification PLASA NRC (Nordic) is the same as that in the UK, although much of the documentation is available in both Swedish and English. Please enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centres reserve the right to cancel dates booked for assessment but will offer alternative dates.
Employer and Venue Endorsement.
By endorsing the NRC scheme, rigging employers and entertainment venues are supporting and committing to increasing the safety of the industry, improving best practice, and recognising the competence of those working in rigging.
Find out how you can get involved
Skills and Knowledge
Outlined below are some of the skills and knowledge requirements for the NRC.
As well as the assessment, candidates will be expected to provide evidence of work experience as a rigging professional. Details of the evidence required is available here.
Please note: rope access does not form part of the assessment.
- Maintain Effective Relationships
- Ensure your own Actions Reduce Risk
- Contribute to Health & Safety in the Workplace
- Rigging Operations
- Rigging Installation
- Working at Height with PFPS (excluding rope access)
Key Topics Covered
- 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.
(In addition to all the Level 2 requirements)
- Create and Maintain Effective Working Relationships
- Conduct an Assessment of Risk in the Workplace
- Implement and Maintain Health & Safety and Welfare
- Supervise the Work of Staff
- Supervising and Carrying out Rigging Operations
- Supervising and Carrying out Rigging Installation
- Supervising and Carrying out Working at Height with PFPS (excluding rope access)
Key Topics Covered
- 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.
The National Rigging Certificate scheme assumes the following conditions:
- Work is being carried out in accordance with UK legislation.
- Competent riggers are working under competent supervision.
- The loads to be lifted or supported are known to the supervising rigger.
- The supporting structure for the rigging has been approved by a competent person.
The NRC does not assess or qualify riggers in the following areas:
- Specification or design of rigging equipment
- Ground support systems
- Personnel flying or automation
- Theatre flying and rigging
- Structural design or engineering
- Rope access methods or application
- Rescue methods or planning
- Scheduling or selecting rigging personnel
- Transport, logistics or the management of loading or unloading of vehicles
- For the purposes of the NRC, rigging is defined as 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 competent person employed to carry out rigging.
- A supervisor being present at all times throughout work activity.
Companies and venues who endorse the scheme