To become a Dogman, you need to complete a Dogging Course at a licensed and certified training centre. This is because certain industries require different qualifications. This is particularly true for the industries that require high-risk work: these certifications are needed to protect every person on the worksite, including you. But, for those starting out in the mining, oil, and gas industries, what is a dogman course? And, why would you need it? This blog by the KI Group will explain everything you need to know about the Dogging Course offered at our centre in Perth.

The KI Group operates in Perth and the Belmont area in Western Australia. We are proud to offer short training courses and high-risk certifications for workers in the construction and mining industries.

What is Dogging?

Dogging is a necessary aspect of certain industries. It normally consists of two main aspects, which are:

  • A slinging technique used for moving a load
  • The directing of a hoist or crane operator who is moving a load.

The person that engages in the dogging is known as a Dogman. All dogmen on a worksite will have the right licensing and qualifications to perform this work.

Dogging is different from rigging, although they are frequently considered similar. Dogging is mostly slinging work that requires a judgment of what techniques, equipment and machinery are suitable. However, rigging is a more generalised term. It covers the activities of moving, placing or securing loads using mechanical load-shifting equipment.


What is Dogging?

Who Needs a Dogman License?

If you are engaging in some form of dogging work, you’ll need a dogman ticket or license. While slinging a load might look simple to the untrained eye, it is much more than simply attaching cables. You need to have an understanding and knowledge of the range of lifting gear to assess what’s sensible and know what method to use for the slinging. A license for dogging can be obtained through a Dogman course.

What is a Dogman Course?

A Dogman Course is a training qualification designed for participants to gain the necessary skills to plan, prepare, and complete dogging work.


What is a Dogman Course?

What Does the KI Group Dogging Course Cover?

The Dogging course by the KI Group covers the required learning needed in order to obtain a license successfully. Once participants have completed the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Determine the safe working load of gear and materials
  • Assess loads
  • Sling, move and place loads
  • Select, maintain and inspect lifting equipment
  • Develop the correct communication practices for Australia’s mining, oil and gas industry.

The course here with the KI Group is a comprehensive five-day programme, which includes both theory and practical components. It can be completed at the designated training centre we have in Perth.

What Will I Be Able To Do Once I Have Completed The Course?

Once you have successfully completed our Dogman course at the KI Group, you 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 Will I Be Able To Do Once I Have Completed The Course?


It’s important to note that you will receive a Statement of Attainment and Notice of Assessment on successful completion of this dogman course, 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.

The ticket will last for five years. This means that you must renew your dogman license every five years. The renewal requires paying the appropriate WorkSafe Australia fees.

You can invest in your career with the KI Group. Whether you want work experience in the construction, industrial, mining, oil, and gas industries, the KI Group provides the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to get you there. Our Dogman tickets are designed and implemented alongside the state and national laws and certifications so that graduates can be safe in the knowledge that they have the skills and knowledge to perform dogging safely.

Advance your learning and invest in your future with the KI Group. If you’re interested in advancing your career, get in touch with one of our friendly advisors today. We’d love to help you get your necessary qualifications!