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Master Rigger

4 Days
Rigging Applications
Qualification Available
3.2 CEUs

Comprehensive rigging applications training course for those with experience (2+ years) to crane and rigging operations

The ITI Master Rigger Course is designed for participants that have had some exposure (2+ years) to crane and rigging operations. The course exposes participants to a variety of equipment and applications which include multiple crane lifts, load turning, load drifting with chain hoists, jacking and rolling using mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems, incline planes and managing the center-of-gravity in all three axes.

Rigger and Signalperson Qualification Exams are offered on Day 5, following the Master Rigger Course at ITI Training Centers. Written and Practical Exams are administered. Candidates who successfully pass the exams will receive a 5-year ITI Qualification. These qualifications meet the requirements of OSHA.



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Course Subjects & Learning Objectives

RIGGING SELECTION Become familiar with basic rigging terms, rigging gear identification and be able to determine the best hitch and rigging gear necessary for lifting various types of loads.
RIGGING USE & INSPECTION Determine proper hook loading and the removal criteria for the rigging equipment used within their facility.
LOAD WEIGHT ESTIMATION Learn techniques and formulas to estimate the weight of a load.
Center of Gravity Learn techniques and formulas for estimating  the load’s center of gravity.
Load Distribution Determine load distribution on various lifting systems using the Master Rigger’s Reference Card.
Sling Tension Calculate the tension in the slings and rigging hardware when rigging a load using single or multiple leg assemblies.
Load Control Determine the best hitch type and rigging gear necessary for lifting various types of loads.
Signals & Tag Lines Recognize proper crane and rigging procedures as they relate to taglines, signaling, and avoidance of pinch points resulting in immediate risk to personnel.
Chain Fall & Load Drifting Determine tensions introduced to chain falls and come-a-longs during drifting activities.
Load Turning Determine the transfer of weight during different methods of load turning.
Levers, Jacking, & Rolling Determine load to winches, jacks, rollers, and floors during special load handling activities which require moving the load horizontally.
Winches & Blocks Determine the load to rigging blocks and the mechanical advantage necessary to move a load vertically or horizontally.
Off-level Pick Points Calculate sling tensions for off-level pick points using the Master Rigger’s Reference Card.
Accident Case Study Recognize and understand the elements which can contribute to a rigging accident.

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Daily Training Schedule

Each participant will receive a course workbook, Rigging Gear Inspection Reference Card, Master Rigger’s Reference Card, Journeyman Rigger’s Reference Card, Horizontal Rigging Reference Card and a Length: Height: Run Reference Card. 

Day 1 - Primarily classroom based. Course subjects are introduced, expanded on, and tied to real world examples and case studies.
Day 2 - Mix of classroom and hands-on practical time.
Day 3 - Mix of classroom and hands-on practical time.
Day 4 - Mix of classroom and hands-on practical activities. Students work in small groups (3-4  per team), putting together learning objectives from days 1-3 in a "Rigging Rodeo."

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Student Testimonials

Words of wisdom from former students who've completed the Master Rigger Course at ITI

“As the media reminds us of the high rates of accidents occurring to operators and riggers, we at Cianbro Companies strive to provide our employees with the skills and knowledge of how to prevent an accident. In the past our company has received Master Rigging Training from Industrial Training International. They offer a hands-on approach by providing rigging gear inspection, proper rigging procedures and load control using almost any vertical or horizontal rigging system. The classroom teaching techniques and hands-on learning exercises that we have received from the Industrial Training International group has guided our company in creating our own successful in house rigging training program. The Industrial Training International crew and facilities are truly a world class group, solely dedicated to educating and improving the crane and rigging world.”

The late George ArsenaultFormer Rigging Training Coordinator, Cianbro Companies

“After attending ITI’s Master Rigger training course back in 2006 we knew that the Boilermakers had found the absolute direction in which we should take our rigging training - hands-on, action-packed, and engaging. ITI has since trained-up dozens of Boilermakers, is assisting in the implementation and design of the Local 146 Training Centre, and we are utilizing ITI’s rigging training program - tailoring it specifically for Boilermaker-related rigging. We anticipate using ITI’s program for years to come for our members across Canada...”

Grant JacobsDirector of National Training, Boilermakers National Training Trust

“I would like to let you know about the Master Rigging Training course that I attended in January.  It was by far the best course I’ve taken in my professional career. I learned more about rigging overall as well as specific details about questions I had about rigging than I could have imagined. One of the aspects of this course that I feel made it so effective was the hands-on portions of each day. It was a combination of learning the technical aspects as well as gaining “real world” experience in one fell swoop. Les was a great instructor and I believe that he only made the course better by both being able to explain the why, as well show the how, when it came to any question or challenge about rigging that arose throughout the week. I look forward to taking more classes through ITI and have the utmost confidence that they will be as beneficial as the Master Rigger course.”

Rob MillerCSP, OHST, Ameren Services

“The Master Rigger course is the best course I've taken yet in crane and rigging fundamentals. Jim Cox, ITI's Instructor for the course, was as good as it gets for teaching this material. I'm looking forward to my next course at ITI.”

David JohnsonSmithAmundsen

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