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The scope of works a licensed Dogman can perform:

  • Selection and inspection of lifting gear
  • Application of slinging techniques
  • Directing the crane or hoist operator in the movement of loads


There are no course prerequisites for the Dogman licence, however applicants must be eighteen years of age and have a level of fitness that allows them to perform manual handling tasks.

Course Outline:

This is a five day course, including theory and practicle training.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Application of Working Load Limit formulas for lifting chain, wire rope, natural and synthetic ropes
  • Application of load factors and reeve factors
  • Inspection and identification of defective lifting gear
  • Various knots and hitches (refer to the assessment instrument)
  • Reading crane load charts
  • Correct method of working with cranes
  • Safe slinging techniques
  • Whistle, hand and radio signals for working with cranes

Prior to attending the course, trainees should familiarise themselves with:

Dogging Guide

Natural Fibre and Synthetic Rope W.L.L. formulas

Wire Rope W.L.L formulas

Chain Slings W.L.L formulas

Knots and Splices

The assessment involves three parts:

  • General knowledge questions
  • A written assignment
  • Practical skills demonstration
Course cost: P.O.A.


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