Rigger & Signalperson Training2022-06-20T16:50:37-04:00

Rigger and Signalperson Training

ANSI/ASME B30.5 (the mobile crane standard) was updated at the end of 2021 to include qualifications for riggers. The more robust definition of ‘qualified rigger’ now requires a written and practical examination. At least one qualified rigger must be onsite everywhere a mobile crane is used. All affected parties using mobile cranes now have one year from the date of publication to fall into compliance with this revision. To be designated as “qualified” by the employer, riggers must provide “evidence of satisfactory completion of a written and a practical examination”.

The revisions do allow for non-qualified riggers (what the standard refers to as “rigger trainees”). However, these personnel “shall be directly supervised by a qualified rigger”. Employers may choose to train all riggers to meet the standard of qualification. The option exists, however, to train specialists – qualified riggers – for each job site. This could be any individual with the ability to supervise rigging activities, to include even the crane operator (though this is not recommended practice). As ever, CICB’s recommendation is that all personnel at every level be thoroughly trained to the highest standard necessary to complete their job safely.

Certification vs Qualification – CICB continue to offer two training routes: CICB programs and preparatory CCO programs for certification. There is a difference between certification and qualification as OSHA and ANSI/ASME define it. Understanding this difference is critical for every employer as they look to train their riggers to the new standard. Read more here.


CICB Class C Rigger – Previously known as ‘BRSP’, this comprehensive rigging class serves as a foundation for riggers new to their craft as well as experienced hands. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion and will be competent to work under the leadership of a qualified rigger.

CICB Class B Rigger – A 3-day program that mirrors Class C, with an additional day of practical, hands-on evaluation and examination. The training and exams will provide the evidence necessary for employers to designate their riggers as “qualified”.

CICB Class A Rigger – Customized, advanced rigging programs, tailored specifically to the unique needs of the customer. Typically, 4-5 days long, this training meets all the requirements for qualifying your riggers, with the addition of the complex scenarios unique to your lifts.