OPITO Training Courses

Certified training of Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization


3-Day Training Course for personnel who have had little or no training and/or experience in rigging and lifting operations and wish to gain an Industry-recognised introductory certificate in rigging and lifting operations prior to undertaking further supervised workplace training.


Courses are run every week Monday to Wednesday.


08h00 – 17h30 hours each day. You will receive short breaks throughout the course.


Industry Training Centre (ITC), Kurland Brick, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, 6602.


20 km east of Plettenberg Bay off the N2 to Gqeberha (PE). GPS: -33.942664, 23.494227 VIEW MAP

Course Information

Who is the course for?

This course is for participants who have had little or no training and / or experience in rigging and lifting operations and wish to gain an industry recognised introductory certificate in rigging and lifting operations prior to undertaking further supervised workplace training.

What does this course cover?

This course aims to equip the learner with knowledge of the rigging principles, general hazards and risks of rigging and lifting operations, an awareness of relevant legislation and regulation, and an opportunity to practice basic rigging operations following a lifting plan.

Course Entry Requirements

Training activities contained within this course may include physically demanding and potentially stressful elements. All individuals who participate in such activities must be capable of participating fully.


Elements of the course may be physically demanding and some activities, such as lifting operations, carry some risk. Participants will be asked to complete a medical disclaimer form prior to the course commencing.

Medically Fit

All participants must be declared fit to ensure that prior to engaging in practical exercises they possess an employing company-approved medical certificate equivalent to an offshore medical certificate or they must complete a medical screening form provided by ITC.

Proof of Identity

You will be required to bring an original government-issued photographic identity document such as your ID, passport or drivers license in addition to details of your emergency contact.


You will need to complete the 2 mandatory units. This course is approximately 30% theoretical and 70% practical. Learners receive all theoretical learning specified in each outcome prior to any practical assessment taking place. Outcomes 1 & 2 of both UNITS comprises an open-book written test.

UNIT 1 OIS-198

The Role of the Rigger and an Introduction to Lifting Operations THEORY ONLY Outcome 1: The role of the Rigger Outcome 2: Introduction to lifting operations – relevant legislation and management of the hazards

UNIT 2 OIS-199

Rigging and Lifting Operations THEORY Outcome 1: The principles of rigging and lifting Outcome 2: How to prepare for the lifting operations Following theoretical learning and demonstration of practical exercises by the ITC instructor, learners will be observed undertaking practical exercises covering all the criteria specified in outcome 5 – 7 of Unit 2. PRACTICAL Outcome 3: The principles of rigging and lifting Outcome 4: How to prepare for the lifting operation Outcome 5: Preparation for lifting operations Outcome 6: Carrying out the lifting operation Outcome 7: Restoring the work area and post-operation responsibilities


Rigger Initial Training Certificate

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be issued the Rigger Initial Training Certificate which indicates that the learner has achieved the minimum level of training as defined by employers and approved by OPITO; it does not imply competence in the Rigger role. The certification is valid for two years. Further course information can be found here

Course, Accommodation, Meals and Travel

Course Price

  1. Training + Assessment – R15,500.00
  2. Accommodation at the training centre (with Wi-Fi and DSTV) – FREE


Dorm-style accommodation is provided for free on site which is available on a first-come first-served basis.

Meals (breakfast & dinner)

  1. Meals can be ordered from an on-site menu
  2. Meals can be ordered from a local restaurant and collected
  3. There is a self-catering kitchen on-site if you wish to cook for yourself

Travel Arrangements

Closest Airport

The closest airport is George. For candidates travelling by bus from other areas, i.e. Gauteng, Mpumalanga or Eastern Cape, we provide a free pickup service from the Plettenberg Bay bus station during daylight hours. You will need to confirm your arrival times with us the week before training.

Shuttle Information

• We now provide a free shuttle to and from Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay every week. The shuttle will depart from the Shell petrol station @ The Angolan Embassy in Cape Town @ 0930 hours on Sunday morning. Please ensure to be at the collection point by 0900 hours. • We will also pick up candidates at fuel stations along the N2 from Caledon to Knysna between 1200 and 1600 hours • The shuttle will return to Cape Town on a Friday afternoon • The shuttle is available on a first come first served basis • If you are flying to George airport please try to arrive after 1400 hours on Sunday and we shall collect between 1400 – 1600 hours for free • For international travel, if you are flying into South Africa please fly to Cape Town and arrive on Saturday. Make your own accommodation booking for the Saturday and travel arrangements to the shuttle pickup point on Sunday morning.

Closest Bus Station

Closest bus station is Plettenberg Bay. Below are links to the popular bus services: 1) www.translux.co.za 2) www.citytocity.co.za 3) www.intercape.co.za (recommended bus service if travelling from Johannesburg). You can book online with Intercape via www.intercape.co.za or at most ShopRite and Checkers stores.

General Information

Rigger Initial Training Certificate

  1. Our driver can take you into town every Tuesday and Thursday. This service is provided free of charge.
  2. We provide a duck feather duvet to ensure you stay warm at night and a towel. Please ensure you bring toiletries.
  3. The weather in Plettenberg Bay can get quite cold, so please bring WARM CLOTHES.
  4. The accommodation is on the same premises as the training venue.
  5. We provide kitchen facilities (fridge, microwave, kettle and gas cooker).
  6. Please ensure that you bring comfortable clothes to train in.
  7. Training activities contained within this course may include physically demanding and potentially stressful elements.

Our courses have a low instructor to candidate ratio to ensure you get the best tuition possible

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