When is a Qualified Rigger or Signal Person Needed?

A qualified rigger is needed during assembly/disassembly of cranes, when employees are engaged in hooking, unhooking, or guiding the load, or in the initial connection of a load to a component or structure and are within the fall zone. 29 CFR Subpart CC [§ 1926.1404; 1926.1425].

What does a signal person need to know? The signal person is considered qualified if he or she:

  • Knows and understands the type of signals used at the worksite.
  • Is competent in using these signals.
  • Understands the operations and limitations of the equipment, including the crane dynamics involved in swinging, raising, lowering and stopping loads and in boom deflection from hoisting loads.
  • Knows and understands the relevant signal person qualification requirements specified in subpart CC (1926.1419-1926.1422; 1926.1428).
  • Passes a written test and a practical test. 75% to pass course. Students have a chance to take one retest, if they don’t pass the retest, they don’t do practical’s and will have to re take the course.

Class requirements:

  • Class room with air-conditioning, tables & chairs, and if possible, an extra room for practicals.
  • Time of Class: 8am- 12pm lecture time varies on # of students in class. ( 4-6 hrs)
  • Practical’s testing is 5-10 minutes per student.


If the client prefers the 3-day NCCCO Qualified Rigger certified course, you will need to call and schedule ahead of time.

Instructor to Student Ratio: 1:25 Length: 6-8 hours (Depending on practicals)