Rigging and work at height training courses

Total Training has been providing entertainment industry rigging training 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 course is delivered at Total Training in Birmingham, UK Rigging in Bolton and Rigging Team in Stevenage, an illustration of its popularity and proving the demand for standardised entertainment industry rigging training. Practical 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.

The two and one day courses are generally carried out at the client's site on demand. Contact Total Training for details.

Rigging and work at height courses

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.  3 days of intensive practical training on a purpose built steel structure.

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.

1 day 'Below the hook' course

Specifically designed for those who need to attach their equipment to hoists installed by others and to operate them. We’ve delivered this course to lighting, audio and AV technicians, workshop staff and even museum conservators.

1 day Work at height with PFPS

Held in any location with suitable facilities to use or demonstrate Personal Fall Protection Systems (PFPS).


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.

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 LOLER regulations really say rather than what you've heard and how to comply with inspection and Thorough Examination requirements 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 2015 affects the entertainment industry and who holds duties under the Regulations.

Online Training

The theory elements of our courses continue to be available online post-Covid. Understanding UK legislation governing lifting operations, working at height and regulations such as CDM 2015 are well suited to online learning.

Other topics include load distribution, force calculations and principles of safe lifting.

Online courses can be delivered one to one, or for groups of up to 8 people.

For a bespoke course that meets your requirements