What is a dogman and who needs a dogging licence?

Written by Neil McLeod


A dogman is employed to drive and direct a crane in operation on a building construction or mining site and often works as part of a team with a rigger and crane operator.

A dogman checks the loads to be moved to ensure they match the lifting capacity of cranes and also attaches lifting devices to hoisting equipment using tag lines. Communication is with a dogman whistle, hand signals and radio. 

Dogging (DG) is a high risk work (HRW) licence that requires:

  • the application of slinging techniques including the selection and/or inspection of lifting gear to safely
  • or directing a crane or hoist operator in the movement of the load when the load is out of view of the operator.


Slinging techniques requires use of judgement to determine the suitability of lifting gear and the method of slinging, by considering the nature of the load (size, shape and weight) and its centre of gravity.


When is a dogging licence not required?

There are some circumstances where a person without a high risk work dogging (DG) licence can safely sling a load when there is no judgment required for slinging techniques or the suitability and the condition of lifting gear.

The following factors need to be predetermined by a licensed dogger or rigger or an appropriately qualified engineer:

  • the weight of the load or weight range to be lifted has been determined and communicated (which may be marked on the load)
  • selection of the sling and slinging techniques for the load has been made
  • the inspection of lifting gear confirms it is in a safe and serviceable condition the lifting points have been incorporated as part of the load (e.g. lifting lugs) or are marked on the load
  • the load is to be lifted within the view of the operator at all times
  • standard lifting procedures have been documented and signed-off by the dogger, rigger or engineer
  • the person has been trained and deemed competent in the documented lifting procedures

If these factors cannot be predetermined then a person with a high risk work dogging (DG) licence must conduct the lift.


How do I get a dogging licence?

To work alongside crane operators and truck drivers, as a labourer or construction site worker in Brisbane, Queensland or beyond, you will need a Dogman ticket.

You can get your nationally recognised Licence to perform dogging at Civil Trans Training. 

CPCCLDG3001A Licence to perform dogging (5 day course)  - $1200

Upon successful completion of the dogging course, you will be issued with a dogman ticket allowing you to work in a variety of industries.


Or combine with our Mobile Slewing Crane Licence to get bang for your buck!

CTT Dogging & Mobile Slewing Crane Combo Deal 


Book online or call us on 1300 366 135. 


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