Course Overview

Doggers are responsible for determining the weight and applying suitable slinging techniques to lift a load and inspecting lifting gear to ensure it’s fit and safe to use . They are also responsible for communicating with the crane operator and directing them when moving a load. This is of particular importance when the load is not in their line of site.

A dogger ultimately has a duty of care to themselves, civilians and other workers’ safety on/ near a site operating in the vicinity of cranes. Doggers need to identify hazards and implement control measures to reduce risk of harm, injury and damage, as well as be able to read plans and diagrams to determine how best to lift objects safely and efficiently.

Dogmen also need to be good communicators so they can guide operators in high risk situations when moving heavy loads or awkward objects.  Typical objects and materials they are licenced to lift include steel plates, scaffolding, steel pipe stillage, brick cages and man/work boxes. Whether that be unloading materials with a vehicle mounted crane from a truck or around a work site with a mobile or tower crane.

Course Outline:   

communication techniques (whistles, hand signals two-way radios

calculate rated capacity of lifting equipment

    • apply different methods for making temporary connections to loads using fibre and synthetic ropes
    • ability to interpret rated capacity and working load limit tags
    • hazard identification and control
    • slinging techniques
    • selection and inspection of lifting equipment
    • directing crane operators in the moving of loads in a safe manner, using a slewing crane
    • inspection and care of a wide range of lifting equipment to appropriate Australian Standards and/or manufacturer’s specifications.

Course Inclusions:

  • Training will be conducted by one of our experienced trainer / assessors who have resource industry currency and supported by a strong knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and industry standards.
  • Practical and theoretical activities drive the training experience to ensure that the training is engaging, interesting and relevant.
  • 2 days of training. Up to 6 trainees per course. A typical course runs from 07:30-15:30

Participants must

Be at least 18 years of age

Equipment requirements

We supply all equipment necessary for you to undertake training.

For our public courses at our purpose-built training facility trainees must provide:



Appropriate clothing, closed-in footwear.


Students who are assessed as competent will receive a Statement of Attainment recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. This certification is nationally recognised. The Statement is issued by Australian Operator Training (RTO 41351).

National unit of competency

RIIHAN208E – Perform Dogging

Course Duration

8 hour day


$750.00 pp for public courses.

For group bookings outside our public course schedule or at your location, please contact our office on 07 49822541