What is Dogging work?
Dogging work involves exercising judgement (making decisions) when:

  • Selecting appropriate slinging methods and lifting gear by:
    • considering load size and shape
    • determining load weight (its mass) and centre of gravity, and
  • Inspecting lifting gear like chains, slings, ropes, cables and hooks used to attach loads to plant to ensure it is not defective.

Dogging work also includes:

  • Directing a plant operator in the movement of a load when the load is out of the plant operator’s view by communicating with the plant operator using hand signals, whistles or two-way radios.

Note: Plant in this context means a crane or hoist or other plant used as a crane or hoist


About the course
This is a complete course for beginner and advanced operators alike. They will learn the latest regulation, skills, training and understanding. This is a competency based training course that will keep working with participants for additional periods of time to help participants achieve the required competency.


Who is this course for?
The perform dogging course is designed for people who want to gain the skills and knowledge required to perform slinging techniques, including the selection and inspection of lifting gear and/or the directing of the crane operator in the movement of the load when the load is out of view of the crane/ operator.

Licensing, Legislative, Regulatory Considerations

This unit is based upon the National Standard for Licensing Persons Performing High Risk Work and covers the scope of work to demonstrate competency in the application of slinging techniques, selection and inspection of lifting gear and/or the directing of the crane/ operator in the movement of the load.

Participants must be over 18 years of age, be able to speak and understand English; understand technical concepts and provide adequate 100 points of identification as per WorkCover NSW requirements.

The National Standard requires all high risk work licence training and assessment to be conducted under the supervision of an RTO, with the licence assessment component conducted by a WorkCover NSW accredited assessor.

A successful Formative Assessment must take place before the WorkCover Summative Assessment can be done.

For more information on when a licence to perform dogging is or is not required:


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