Dogging Training Course

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Gain the knowledge and skills to safely undertake the work of a Dogman

Dogging is the physical attachment of slings (chains, shackles and associated equipment) to a crane and lifting device that involves the movement of heavy loads. The “dogman” is responsible for the safe lifting and movement of these loads, as well as accurately directing the crane. The crane operator often sits high up without a clear picture of the construction site and relies on the dogman to direct him. When you are moving huge loads, which can weigh in excess of a tonne or more, any small mistake or accident can prove fatal. Therefore, the Dogman carries a lot of responsibility and has to undergo a dogging training course to ensure his compliance with all safety and operational aspects of the job. Dogging is a pre-requisite to becoming a Rigger but Dogging is also a skill used by many others in lots of different workplaces.

Dogging work is defined as;

  • the application of slinging techniques, including the selection and inspection of lifting gear, for moving a load using a crane, hoist or other plant configured for use as a crane or hoist; or
  • directing an operator of a crane, hoist or other plant configured for use as a crane or hoist in the movement of a load, including when the load is out of the operator’s view.

This course aims to provide enrolled students with the knowledge and skills to safely undertake the work of a Dogman through the use of real equipment in a real workplace.

It also provides students with an entry level pathway into the construction industry as well as many other industries that may use various types of cranes and lifting equipment.

There are no training prerequisites for entry to this course, however in order to be granted a licence, all participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a good understanding of both written and spoken English
  • Provide photographic identification

In order to reserve your position on this course, 50% of course fees are payable by electronic funds transfer, direct deposit, credit card or cash payment at reception or you could mail a cheque payable to SMS Training Institute. Balance of fees are payable on commencement and prior to the issuance of certification.

Companies MUST provide a valid Purchase Order prior to receiving a booking confirmation for personnel attending.

Upon successful completion of this training course, participants will need to apply to Worksafe WA for the issue of a DG -Licence to perform high risk work. An additional fee is payable (see Fees below) directly to Worksafe WA.

  • Full Course / Unit fees only $850 – 5-day course (40hrs)
  • RPL – $425 – 50% of 5-day course fee
  • WorkSafe WA Licence Application fee $95 (payable directly to WorkSafe)
  • Passport Photos for licence application $20 Available from Australia Post offices

This course is delivered over five (5) days.

Upon commencement, students are provided with learner manuals and any other resources that may be relevant to their work environment, such as company safe work procedures etc.

Training and Assessment will be delivered face to face utilising a combination of classroom theory and practical activities at the SMS Training Institute or at the client organisation’s workplace.

The assessment will include a written theoretical test, calculations assessment and practical demonstrations using a nationally endorsed assessment instrument.

Candidates will be offered two opportunities to successfully meet the requirements of the assessment. Where a candidate has not met the requirements after two attempts, further fees will be payable.

All participants attending this training at SMS Training Institute are required to wear appropriate safety clothing including long pants or jeans and steel capped footwear.

Hard hats and other PPE will be supplied as required.

Please also bring with you;

  • Pen, note book/paper and a calculator
  • Smile and a sense of humour
  • You are welcome to bring your own hard hat and other PPE if you prefer, but it is not essential.

If delivered at a client organisation work-place a fully serviceable crane, fully tested and tagged lifting equipment and a variety of loads as would typically be found in the workplace will be required along with a variety of pallets and loads for use in practical activities.

Please contact SMS Training Institute for a full list of required resources.

This course may lead to employment in a number of industries and workplaces that require personnel to work with cranes and load shifting equipment.

On successful completion, students may undertake further studies in a CPC30511 Certificate III in Dogging, CPC30711 Certificate III in Rigging or many other qualifications that include this Unit of Competency.

RPL is a form of assessment that acknowledges skills and knowledge gained through:

  • Formal training conducted by industry or education
  • Work experience
  • Life experience

The main principle of RPL focuses on the outcomes of learning rather than when or where the learning occurred. Evidence of competency is collected by the student and submitted to the nominated assessor and assessment is made based on the required industry standard within the relevant training package unit of competency. If you believe this may apply to you for any part of the course, then you should request an application kit during the enrolment process.

Please be aware that successful completion of the National Assessment Instrument for the licence class will also be required prior to WorkSafe issuing a high risk work licence.

SMS Training Institute is responsible for the quality of the training and assessment in compliance with the Standards for RTOs 2015, and for the issuance of the AQF certification documentation.

Once the student has begun the assessment service in their chosen unit of competency, we are committed to completing the delivery of the assessment within the agreed duration.  Further negotiation of the timing for completion of the assessment will be required if a student is unable to complete the course due to illness or extenuating circumstances.

We offer a fair and reasonable Refund Policy.

SMS Training Institute will ensure that any complaints and appeals are dealt with in accordance with the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness. Refer to our Complaints & Appeals Policy.

For more information, contact us today or call our friendly staff on 6424 8027.