Dogging Training Course (DG)


CPCCLDG3001A - Licence to Perform Dogging

Worksafe Western Australia Certification

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This Perth-based dogman training course is designed for participants to gain the necessary skills to plan, prepare and complete dogging work based on the National High Risk Licence Unit of Competence: ‘CPCCLDG3001A – Licence to perform Dogging’. On completion of this high risk course, participants who attain the dogging ticket will be able to determine the SWL of gear and materials; assess loads; sling, move and place loads; select, maintain and inspect lifting equipment and develop the correct communication practices for the mining, oil and gas industry in Australia.

This comprehensive five day course includes both theory and practical components and can be completed at our training centre in Perth.

Participants who are successful in the completion of this training course will be at an advantage to secure dogman jobs within the industrial, mining, construction, oil and gas sectors consisting in:

  • Selecting and inspecting lifting gear.
  • Slinging loads per trained techniques.
  • Directing a crane or hoist operator in the movement of loads.


What are the prerequisites of getting a dogman licence?

  • Persons must be 18 years of age or older
  • Photo ID must be presented i.e. current drivers licence or passport
  • Basic numeracy skills
  • Basic English language and literacy skills


Our in-depth 5 day dogman training course covers the major documentation and procedural aspects of engaging in dogging activities:

  • Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation – also called occupational health and safety (OH&S)
  • High-risk work licencing (HRWL) rules
  • Hazard identification, hazard controls and risk-reduction planning
  • Selection and inspection of lifting gear
  • Performing slinging techniques
  • Direct crane operator when load is out of view
  • Preparing site and equipment
  • Shut-down procedures


On successful completion of this dogman training course, persons will receive a Statement of Attainment and Notice of Assessment which is valid for 60 days. Once a copy of your Statement of Attainment, Worksafe application and Worksafe fee has been submitted to the relevant state or territory regulator you will receive a National High Risk Licence.

*Note – The course price does not include the Worksafe application fee of $115

KITA can lodge your Worksafe application for High Risk Work Licence for $115, this includes an administration fee. Two passport photos will need to be provided


What is dogging?

There are two main aspects of dogging. These are:

  • Directing the operator of a hoist or crane when they do not have a line-of-sight on a load they are shifting, lifting and moving
  • The techniques of slinging that are used for securing and moving a load – this includes the inspection and choice of the lifting equipment used.

Who needs a dogman licence?

If you’re working with – or intend to work with – cranes of any type, you should have a dogman licence. This includes workers in the resources and/or construction sectors who may be required to dog loads with loadshifting equipment.

How much can I expect to earn as a dogman?

According to the salary and career research experts at Payscale, the average rate for a dogger/rigger in Australia is $30.31/hour. This varies according to certain factors. Click here for more detail.

What is the difference between dogging and rigging?

Work that is considered “dogging” is defined under the terms of the Dogging High-Risk Work (HRW) Licence. The definitions largely govern slinging work that requires judgment of what techniques, equipment and machinery is suitable.

Rigging is a more general term and covers the activities of moving, placing or securing loads using mechanical load-shifting equipment. However, it does not include the operation of that equipment. Riggers may also erect, set-up and dismantle cranes or hoists.

How long does the dogman licence last?

Once you have a dogman licence, you must renew it every 5 years. Renewal requires paying the appropriate WorkSafe Australia fees.

How much does a dogging licence cost?

To get your dogman licence you must do a training course. Fees vary. To complete a full 5-day course cost, contact us for a quote. If your licence has lapsed within the past 12 months, we can also quote on a tailored refresher course. All courses are exempt from GST.

Does Covid-19 affect Dogging training courses?

No. At KI Training & Assessing, we’re still conducting dogman training courses, as per usual.
Following the Government mandated social distancing restrictions – 1 person per 4 square-metres – we have adjusted our class sizes and relocated to larger premises.

We have also undertaken many preventative measures to ensure hygiene is maintained throughout all our facilities. In particular, our training centre is totally sanitised twice a day.

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Duration: 5 days
Maximum Participants: 8people
Course Dates:

Next dates for this course are:

8 - 12 June

6 - 10 July

3 - 7 August 31 Aug - 4 Sep

5 - 9 October

2 - 6 November 30 Nov - 4 Dec

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