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

Our 3 day ‘Rigging for the entertainment industry’ course is delivered at Total Training in Birmingham, and under licence at UK Rigging in Bolton and Rigging Team in Stevenage. During 2022 all three centres were often delivering the course on the same dates – an illustration of the demand for a specific and standardised entertainment industry rigging course.

The course is designed to be largely practical and training is carried out on purpose built structures which simulate venue rigging environments. This ensures participants benefit from learning in a realistic yet safe and controlled manner away from the pressures of the workplace.

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Individual attendees

We recommend individuals attend the ‘public’ 3 day rigging courses as scheduled opposite.


All our courses are regularly run for employers with between 4 and 8 people to train on a course. Courses are charged at a day rate rather than per person attending.

Other courses available from Total Training

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 ground level or who work at height on grids or catwalks where personal fall protection is not required.
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One day ‘Below the hook’ 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 technicians, workshop staff and museum conservators for 20  years.   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 for theatre and venue staff, 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 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 UK legislation.

Inspection and Thorough Examination of lifting equipment – what UK legislation actually requires and how places of entertainment can comply with the law.

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

Manual handling – sensible manual handling training for the entertainment industry

‘Rigging physics’ – understanding forces 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 mix and match modules to meet client’s specific  requirements and are happy to deliver bespoke courses as required.

Online training

The theory elements of our courses continue to be available online post-pandemic. Topics include load distribution, slinging and bridling physics and principles of safe lifting.

Understanding legislation in the UK 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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