Total Training has been providing training for entertainment industry rigging since 1998. We’ve delivered over 600 of our renowned three day rigging courses all over the world in that time and many hundreds of work at height, rescue and inspection courses.

The Total Training three day rigging and work at height courses are delivered at Total Training in Birmingham, UK Rigging in Bolton and The Rigging Team in Stevenage. In February 2022 all three centres were delivering the three day rigging course at the same time – an illustration of its popularity and the demand for a standardised entertainment industry rigging course.

Practical rigging and work at height training at each site is carried out on purpose built structures which mimic a venue rigging grid. This ensures participants benefit from learning in a realistic but safe and controlled environment – away from the pressures of the workplace.

Online training

The theory elements of our courses continue to be available online. Topics include load distribution, slinging and bridling physics and principles of safe lifting. Understanding UK legislation governing lifting operations, working at height and regulations such as CDM 2015 are well suited to online learning. Courses can be delivered one to one, or for groups of up to 8 people.

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We recommend individuals join the scheduled 3 day rigging courses. All other courses are run for employers for between 4 and 8 participants at our site or in the workplace. Courses at our sites are charged per person, at the client’s premises we charge a day rate per trainer.


3 day ‘Rigging for the entertainment industry’ course. The internationally renowned course that we’ve delivered at least 600 times since 1998, all over the world.
This course can also be delivered at a client’s site by arrangement.
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2 day rigging course – A rigging course usually held at the employer’s premises or venue. We’ve offered this course since 2000 for those responsible for rigging at stage or floor level or who work at height on grids or catwalks where personal fall protection is not a requirement.
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One day ‘Below the hook’ rigging course. Specifically designed for those who need to attach their equipment to hoists installed by others and to operate them to lift their equipment. We’ve delivered this course to lighting, audio and AV technicians, workshop staff and museum conservators. Click here for more info. 

Work at height using personal fall protection systems

1 day – Entertainment industry specific use of work restraint and fall arrest. A very popular course, particularly with theatres. Usually held for employers with between 4 and 6 people to train.  Click here for more info.

Rescue training

We are proud to have helped develop effective rescue plans and training for many large employers in the industry and entertainment venues in the UK and overseas. Normally delivered on site for employers following consultation to establish their requirements. Contact us for details.

Other popular courses

Rigging course for aerialists – legal requirements, inspection of equipment, installation and safe working at height. We also offer a one day course for studio owners/managers.

Inspection of personal fall protection systems – how, why and when to inspect your PFPS in accordance with Regulations

Inspection of lifting equipment – what the PUWER and LOLER regulations actually require and how to comply with the requirements for inspection and thorough examination in-house

Inspection of aluminium trusses – how, why and when to inspect aluminium trusses

Manual handling – sensible manual handling training for the entertainment industry

‘Rigging physics’ – understanding force calculations and load distribution in entertainment rigging

Risk assessment – why, how and when to carry out risk assessments for rigging or work at height

Method statements/lifting plans – how to create and implement lifting plans

CDM 2015 – how CDM affects the entertainment industry and who hold duties under CDM 2015

Contact us if you don’t see what you need. We frequently mix and match modules to meet client’s requirements and are happy to deliver bespoke courses as required.

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