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Rigger I Practical Exam Outline


Candidates must pass a Practical Exam to be certified. Candidates may take their Written and Practical Exams in either order. Candidates have 12 months after they pass their first exam (Written or Practical) in which to pass the corresponding Written or Practical Exam.


Certified Rigger Level I Practical Exam

The Practical Examination is comprised of four main tasks that increase progressively in the skill level tested. Candidates’ skills are tested in demonstrating pre-use rigging inspection, rigging hitches, rigging connections, and basic knots. Candidates are allowed 60 minutes to complete the exam.

The following is an outline of the practical testing procedure for Rigger Level I certification.


You must report to the Test Site at the scheduled time. The Test Site Coordinator is responsible for setting the testing schedule. During the Practical Examination, you are under the direction of the Examiner and must follow the Examiner’s directions at all times.

The following sections describe the specific tasks that you will be performing when taking the Rigger Level I Practical Examination. It is important that you understand these instructions. If there is anything you do not understand, please request clarification from the Examiner.


The Rigger Level I Practical Exam consists of four tasks:

You will be required to complete all phases of the test in sequence. Once you have completed all of the Practical Exam you must leave the testing area. Only personnel involved in the administration of the test are allowed in the test area.


There is a 60-minute time limit for the Rigger Level I Practical Examination. If you do not complete the exam in 60 minutes, the exam ends and you will receive credit for the tasks (or sub-tasks) completed.


Before the test, you will watch a short candidate video or presentation showing all the tasks you will be required to perform during the examination.


Prior to beginning the examination, the Examiner will ask you for a government-issued photo identification such as a driver’s license.

The Examiner will ask if you have read the Candidate Information and Instructions and will answer any questions you may have. He/she will have you sign the score sheet indicating that you understand the instructions for the test.


  • At the Examiner’s indication to start, you will inspect all of the rigging slings and hardware located in front of you. Select those items that meet ASME and OSHA Removal from Service criteria.
  • Place the selected items to one side and say “Done” to indicate that you have finished.


  • At the Examiner’s indication to start, you will be directed to demonstrate six different hitches.
  • After completing each hitch, say “Done” when you are ready to have the hitch evaluated.
  • You will rig a single straight-line hitch using the 5 ft. web sling and a 5/8-inch shackle on the eye bolt located on the round tube.
  • All other hitches will be rigged around the round tube.


You will have one minute to review the available rigging equipment for this testing session. The rigging has been inspected and is approved for use.

  • If your task involves the use of hardware that requires a torque wrench for final tightening, you are only required to secure the hardware to finger-tight condition for the task assignment.
  • Softeners are not required for these tasks.
  • You will choose three task assignment cards—one of each color—for the three rigging tasks. The Examiner will read the cards aloud.
  • At the Examiner’s indication to start, gather and assemble the rigging materials that are required to complete the assigned task. You will then rig and suspend the 6 in. × 30 in. square aluminum tube, as described on the task assignment card.
  • When you have completed your rigging assignment, announce that you are “Done.” The Examiner will evaluate your completed rigging setup.
  • You will disassemble the rigging assembly before continuing on to the next rigging assignment.


  • At the Examiner’s indication to start, you will tie five different knots using a rope or ropes of different diameters.
  • When it is necessary, use the 4 in. round PVC pipe and eye bolt as your anchor point.
  • Tie each knot and say “Done” when you are ready to have the knot evaluated.
  • Place the tying rope on the table after the last knot has been evaluated.
Candidates must demonstrate the following basic knots:
  • Sheet bend
  • Clove hitch
  • Inside bowline
  • Square/reef
  • Two half hitches


Once you have completed the Practical Examination:

  • The Examiner will complete your score sheet.
  • The Examiner is not permitted to review your score sheet or discuss your performance on the test.
  • Exam results will be mailed to you within approximately 12 working days of NCCCO’s receipt of the score sheet.
  • If you have completed all of your tests, you must leave the Test Site.