This nationally accredited basic Dogging course (Dogman ticket) is to provide the underpinning knowledge and skills to perform dogman work safely. The Dogging course has been designed for learners with any level of experience for dogging a load.

Basic English language, literacy, numeracy and an age of 18+ are course entry requirements, as students are required to be assessed successfully against all elements of the state WHS set practical and theory assessment. Where necessary theory assessment can be answered verbally.

Typically the training and assessment is competency-based. 120 nominal hours of training or supervised operation is required by WHS law before an assessment can be booked with a WHS approved assessor and WHS. 2-5 hours for your assessment to be conducted.

Training and assessment is both practical and theory based and delivery can be selected by the learner as either log book or full course.

LOG BOOK TRAINING–Designed for those learners whom wish to complete the mandatory 120 hours of practical dogging training on the job or at their current employment with a licensed supervisor.
Step 1-Completion of theory training and equipment familiarization. Learner is then placed on a training plan with their supervisor.
Step 2– Learner completes approx 120hrs of supervised operation by a licensed operator.
Step 3– Learner books and completes a final theory and practical based assessment and is issued paperwork for license application.

FULL COURSE TRAINING– Designed for learners who don’t have access to the equipment, a licensed supervisor or require the delivery of practical in a very focused one on one environment.
Step 1-Completion of theory training and equipment familiarization Learner is then placed on a training plan with the trainer.
Step 2– Learner completes approx. 120hrs of supervised operation practicing skills and operation process as instructed by the trainer in a structured learning environment in a small group.
Step 3– Learner books and completes a final theory and practical based assessment and is issued statement of attainment and paperwork for their license application.


1. Plan job.

1.1. Site information is obtained and related to the task.
1.2. Hazard s and potential hazards associated with the slinging and directing of loads are identified.
1.3. Hazard control measures consistent with appropriate standards are identified to ensure the safety of personnel and equipment.
1.4. The weight, dimensions and centre of gravity of the load are identified and assessed.
1.5. Suitable lifting/slinging points on the load are identified.
1.6. Appropriate lifting equipment needs are assessed.
1.7. Appropriate communication methods are assessed with crane / operators and other appropriate personnel .
1.8. Manufacturer's specifications/information is obtained for special loads where necessary.

2. Select and inspect equipment.

2.1. Lifting equipment appropriate to the task is selected.
2.2. Lifting equipment is inspected for serviceability.
2.3. Damaged or excessively worn lifting equipment is identified, labelled and rejected.
2.4. Appropriate communication methods for the crane/operator and appropriate personnel are selected.
2.5. Appropriate communication equipment is selected and its serviceability is checked.
2.6. Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is selected and checked.

3. Prepare site and equipment.

3.1. Hazard prevention/control measures are applied consistent with appropriate standards to ensure the safety of personnel and equipment.
3.2. Appropriate slinging method is selected.
3.3. Lifting equipment is prepared and assembled where appropriate.
3.4. Load destination is prepared.

4. Perform task.

4.1. Lifting equipment is attached and secured to the lifting hook using appropriate techniques.
4.2. Lifting hook is positioned over the load centre of gravity.
4.3. Lifting equipment is attached and secured to the load in an appropriate manner.
4.4. Tag line is attached and secured where appropriate.
4.5. Test lift is conducted to ensure security of load.
4.6. Load is moved maintaining stability and control at all times.
4.7. Appropriate communication methods and communication signals are applied to safely coordinate the load movement both within sight and out-of-sight of crane operator.
4.8. The load is landed to ensure that it is stable and secure from movement.
4.9. Lifting equipment is removed or disconnected from load and prepared for next task or storage.

5. Shut down job and clean up.

5.1. Unserviceable lifting equipment inspected and rejected.
5.2. Defective equipment is isolated and tagged.
5.3. Lifting equipment is stored in accordance with procedures and appropriate standards.
5.4. Hazard prevention/control measures are removed where appropriate.
5.5. Excess materials from the work area are removed (where applicable).
5.6. Defects are reported and recorded according to procedures and appropriate action is taken.

  • Plan and prepare the work
  • Select the correct equipment to support the load during lifting
  • Inspection of all equipment before and after use and the assembly of lifting gear to Australian Standards
  • Issue instructions to the crane operator on the movement and positioning of the load
  • Ensure correct positioning of the load
  • Remove slings and lifting accessories