Gain essential skills and knowledge to excel in rigging and lifting operations in the offshore oil and gas industries and start your journey to be an internationally OPITO qualified rigger today!


At Melior Training you will learn rigging from seasoned experts in our state-of-the-art training facility. We provide top-of-the-line equipment and realistic simulation scenarios, providing an immersive learning experience that mirrors real-life offshore situations. Gain invaluable hands-on practice in a controlled environment, preparing you for the challenges that await you in the field of rigging.

Upon completion of the course, you’ll be armed with a globally recognized certification, opening doors to prestigious job opportunities worldwide as a certified OPITO rigger. Stand out among your peers and become the go-to rigger employers trust.

All our courses are offered by highly qualified and experienced instructors. If you need more info please contact us.

IRATA Rope Access Courses Cape Town

OPITO Rigging Initial
Training Course
(Stage 1 & 2)

Course duration

We offer a 3-day rigging training course, where delegates receive thorough explanations and practical demonstrations to understand the expectations of performing rigging operations. Through practical rigging exercises, delegates gain firsthand knowledge of equipment operations and the specific purposes of each piece of gear.

What will you learn?

Stage 1: Theory and practical  (Standard code 9088)

  • Initial planning of tasks
  • Environmental considerations
  • Proximity hazards
  • Attaching/detaching and securing loads
  • De-rating of equipment and quarantining
  • Pre-use and post-use inspections
  • Preparation of lifting plans
  • Understanding sling angles and their effects on tension
  • Hands-on complex rigging tasks in teams, including cross hauling and routine lifts
  • Individual assessment of delegates’ planning skills and knowledge for given rigging tasks.

Stage 2: Work based experience

Upon completing the course, you will receive a Workplace Experience Logbook (Stage 2). This task-based logbook must be filled out during your offshore work and before your Initial Training certificate expires (within 2 years).

Entry Requirements?


Qualification and reward

Upon successful completion of this course you will gain an OPITO Stage 1 qualification (Standard code 9088). OPITO standard code 9088 covers the safe use of rigging equipment in the offshore oil and gas industry. To qualify for Stage 2 you must complete your Workplace Experience Logbook within 2 years.

Course cost?

Package 1: Training only > R14,000
Package 2: Training + Accommodation > R 15 200
Package 3: Training + Accommodation & meals > R16000

All prices are VAT inclusive.


OPITO Rigger Competence Assessment Course (Stage 3) or Reassessment (Stage 4)

Course duration

The 2-day assessment or reassessment is specifically designed for evaluating your competence as a Rigger, with no training component involved. During this period, your skills and knowledge will be thoroughly examined to ensure you meet the required standards. Whether you are undergoing initial assessment or refreshing your certification, this rigorous evaluation is aimed at validating your capabilities as a skilled and proficient Rigger within the industry.

What will you learn?

Stage 3: Assessment of competency (Standard code 9099)
Stage 4: Re-assessment of competency (Standard code 9199)

The 2-day assessment or reassessment is a critical evaluation without any training component. The instructor will determine if you have the competence to become a Stage 3 (assessment) or Stage 4 (reassessment) Rigger, which allows you to carry out complex lifting operations independently. You will be required to demonstrate all tasks from the OPITO Rigger Initial Training course and exhibit a sound understanding of reading lifting plans. This assessment is based on your experiences logged in the Workplace Experience Logbook, showcasing your field learnings.

Entry Requirements?

Prerequisites for OPITO Rigger Assessment (Stage 3):

To be eligible for Rigger Competence Assessment (Stage 3), delegates must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Possess a valid OPITO-approved Rigger Initial Training Certificate along with a fully completed and valid OPITO Rigger Workplace Experience Logbook, signed and validated by the employing company head of discipline or discipline manager and confirmed by the Centre.
  • Hold an OPITO Approved Rigger Competence Assessment or Re-Assessment Certificate awarded within the past 30 months*.
  • Provide evidence of being assessed as competent and achieving an equivalent qualification/certification from a nationally recognized awarding body, within the past 30 months. Note that the certificate would no longer be valid after two years.

*Note: If your OPITO Rigger Assessment or Re-Assessment Certificate (or equivalent) has expired by more than 6 months, you must attend the OPITO Rigger Initial Training before undertaking the Rigger Competence Assessment. In such cases, completing a Workplace Experience Logbook is not required.

Prerequisites for OPITO Rigger Reassessment (Stage 4):
OPITO Rigger Assessment certificate (stage 3)

Qualification and reward

Upon successful completion of this course you will either gain an OPITO Stage 3 qualification (Standard code 9099) or Stage 4 (Standard code 9199) qualification in the case of a re-assessment.

Course cost?

Package 1: Training only > R15,000
Package 2: Training + Accommodation > R 16 200
Package 3: Training + Accommodation & meals > R17000

All prices are VAT inclusive.


Why do should you do an OPITO rigging course in Cape Town?

Completing an OPITO rigging course can be beneficial for individuals looking to work in the offshore oil and gas industry, particularly in roles that involve lifting and rigging operations. OPITO, which stands for Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization, is a globally recognized organization that provides training and certification for the offshore energy sector. Melior Training in Cape Town is an accredited OPITO training provider.

Reasons to consider doing an OPITO rigging course in Cape Town:

An OPITO Rigging Course teaches you how to operate safely:

Rigging operations in the offshore oil and gas industry can be extremely dangerous. An OPITO rigging course provides you with the knowledge and skills to perform these operations safely, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.

An OPITO Rigging Course provide compliance:

Many offshore employers require their workers to have OPITO certifications to ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations. Completing a rigging course can make you more attractive to potential employers.

Develop valuable skills when doing an OPITO Course:

These courses offer comprehensive training on various aspects of rigging, including the use of equipment, load calculations, and proper procedures. You’ll gain hands-on experience and develop essential skills for working in this field.

OPITO Accreditation enhances your career advancement capabilities

Holding an OPITO rigging certification can open up new career opportunities and increase your earning potential within the offshore industry. It demonstrates your commitment to safety and professionalism.

Gain industry recognition when you become a certified OPITO rigger

OPITO certifications are widely recognized and respected in the offshore industry worldwide. Having this certification can help you stand out from the competition when seeking job opportunities.

Become more versatile and use your rigging skills in other industries

Rigging skills are valuable not only in the oil and gas sector but also in other industries, such as construction, manufacturing, and maritime. Completing an OPITO rigging course can make you a versatile and highly sought-after professional.

In summary, completing an OPITO rigging course can provide you with the necessary skills, knowledge, and certifications to work safely and effectively in the offshore oil and gas industry. It can enhance your career prospects, job security, and earning potential while ensuring that you are compliant with industry standards and regulations.

Why use Melior Access?

We are a specialist rope access company located in Cape Town

We are industrial and marine rope access specialists

We have years' experience in rope access and rigging

We have extensive experience in rigging & rope access

Our Cape Town technicians are trained in IRATA and IWH Rope Access techniques

Our technicians are IRATA Rope Access and ISO 9712 qualified

We are a member of IRATA in Cape Town

Member of IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association)

Our Rope Access work is properly insured

We provide comprehensive public liability insurance for all contracts

We are fully Coida compliant and keep up with the latest safety standards

Melior Access is fully COIDA and Department of Labour compliant

We are a level 2 BEE Rope Access Company based in Cape Town

We are a South African based owner operated BEE Level 2 company

We use top rated Rope Access gear for both training and contract work

We use top-rated gear and have an impeccable safety record

Our Accreditations

Photos of our rope access gear - Melior Access has an excellent safety record