In April 2020 Total Training will celebrate 22 years of delivering training specifically tailored to entertainment rigging. In that time we will have delivered over 600 three day rigging training courses and over 7000 people have attended our rigging, work at height, rescue and inspection courses in the UK and overseas.

Total Training operates from the Birmingham premises of the Total Solutions Group and from UK Rigging in Bolton who deliver our courses under licence. Total Training rigging and work at height courses are believed to be the only courses of their kind to be run on a regular basis anywhere in the world. Typically we run at least two 3 day courses in most months of the year, often at both sites.

Practical rigging and work at height training is carried out on a purpose built steel beam structure which mimics a typical arena roof/grid. This ensures participants benefit from learning in a realistic but controlled environment away from the everyday pressures of the workplace.

Individuals requiring training can join the 3 day rigging course in Birmingham.

Other courses are generally run for employers for between 4 and 8 participants. However if you can get a group of 4 or more together we can run a course specially for you. Courses in Birmingham are charged per person, at the client’s premises we charge an inclusive trainer/day rate.

Contact us if you don’t see what you need. We frequently mix and match course modules to meet client’s requirements.

Training terms and conditions


Rigging training for the entertainment industry

3 day The hugely popular course delivered at base or on site where facilities exist.
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2 day – A rigging only training course for employers, usually held at their own venue.
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‘Below the hook’ one day rigging course. Click here for more info. 


Work at height training with PFPS

1 day –  A very popular course; usually held for employers with 4 – 6 people to train.
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Rescue training

Typically delivered on site for employers following consultation to establish their requirements. Contact us for details.


Other courses – contact us to make bookings

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 the Regulations impact the entertainment industry and who has duties under CDM 2015

Inspection of PPE – how, why and when under the PUWER, Work at height and PPE Regulations

Inspection of lifting equipment – what the PUWER and LOLER regulations require and how to comply with 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

One day rigging course for aerialists – legal requirements, inspection of equipment, installation and safe working at height