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Live Event Rigger

Course Code: AP3

Level: 3
Subject area: Performing Arts & Live Events
Awarding body: Edexcel
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Three years
When you'll study: Various days and times

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About the course

Live event riggers ensure the infrastructure for the scenic, lighting, sound and audio-visual elements of a live event are installed safely, in accordance with technical plans which they are able to read and interpret. They assemble modular structural components as well as lifting these elements into place. They may be responsible for attaching additional equipment. Working in a sometimes fast paced and pressured environment, live event riggers will show logic and ability to safely work individually, as well as being part of a team, to meet client deadlines.

The work environment may vary and comprise exhibitions, conferences, concerts, sport as well as other related environments. Live event riggers may work at both indoor and outdoor events in a variety of temperatures and weather conditions.

What you'll learn

A live event rigger will:

• read and interpret designs, scaling from drawings to mark out work on site
• carry out rigging activities for an event
• rig hoists/ sling loads/ use modular structural products such as aluminium trusses
• de-rig and disassemble equipment and structures and return to storage leaving a tidy workplace.

Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship is via initial assessment. The candidate must be a minimum of 18 years old (for health and safety reasons) and be physically fit with an ability to work at height. It is recommended that they hold a minimum of 3 GCSEs (Grade C or above) in Maths, English and Science and have basic IT skills. Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to completion of their Apprenticeship.


Assessment is continuous, both on and off the job. This Apprenticeship will include level 2 assessment for the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) National Rigging Certificate, an industry recognised qualification.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. Just complete and return an application form.