WAM Training (RTO 22054) - Factory 1, 2 & 3 73 Dohertys Road Laverton North, VIC 3026 1800 143 343

Dogging Licence Course

5 Days – 7:45am to 4:00pm
$1500 (GST Exempt)

This Dogging Licence Course is suitable for anyone who needs to attain a Dogging High Risk Work Licence (required to select and inspect slings, exercise judgement in slinging methods and to direct crane operators when loads are outside of view.

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Start Date
Mon 13/01 to Fri 17/01 (5 Places Left)
Mon 20/01 to Fri 24/01 (7 Places Left)
Mon 03/02 to Fri 07/02
Mon 17/02 to Fri 21/02
Mon 02/03 to Fri 06/03
Mon 16/03 to Fri 20/03
Mon 30/03 to Fri 03/04

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  • Selecting lifting equipment
  • Inspecting lifting equipment (I.e. prior to use)
  • Slinging methods using a range of lifting equipment, including flexible steel wire rope, chains and synthetic slings
  • Directing crane operators using verbal, hand and whistle signals

Additional Entry Requirements:

  • Applicants must reside in Victoria
  • Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Applicants must satisfy the Language, Literacy and Numeracy requirements as outlined below
  • Experience working around plant/machinery is preferred but not mandatory

Registration Rules:

  • Registration closes at 4:00pm Friday the week prior to course commencement
  • No substituting of attendees is permitted after the above registration close times
  • No refunds will be given in cases where a company sends a substitute attendee after the registration close times have ended
  • Only Residents of Victoria will be assessed as required by WorkSafe Victoria
  • The rules outlined above are to ensure WAM Training’s ongoing compliance with the conditions imposed by WorkSafe Victoria
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Why Complete this Dogging Licence Course?

Section 21 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic.) requires that employers provide an adequate level of information, instruction, training and supervision to employees to enable them to work safely.

Part 3.6 and Schedule 3 of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (Vic.) outline the requirement to hold a High Risk Work Licence if conducting dogging work, which is defined as one or both of the following:

  • the application of slinging techniques, including the selection or inspection of lifting gear, to sling a load
  • the directing of a crane or hoist operator in the movement of a load when the load is out of the operator’s view

Further, slinging techniques are defined as “those slinging techniques that require the exercise of judgment in relation to the suitability and condition of lifting gear, and the method of slinging, by consideration of the nature of the load, its mass and its centre of gravity”.

Language, Literacy, and Numeracy Requirements

In order to enrol in a Dogging Licence Course, Trainees need to be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to work by themselves and as part of a team with some accountability of their own work areas in defined and routine tasks. Applicants must have sufficient reading, writing, verbal communication and numeracy skills in English to enable them to safely complete tasks relating to dogging work. Refer to the descriptions below.


  • Read and correctly interpret safe work method statements, load information and lifting equipment specifications


  • Complete required documentation relevant to dogging work, including completing risk assessments


  • Calculate the weight of loads based on dimensions and materials
  • Determine the lifting capacity of slings in various configurations

Verbal Communication:

  • Speak clearly and unambiguously in English
  • Explain, describe and verify sometimes complex needs and issues
  • Direct crane operators in the movement of loads

WorkSafe Victoria allows the 71 question short-answer test to be answered verbally – but please note that the 6 question maths test must be completed in writing (refer to the ‘Additional Course Information’ section below)

Individuals who are concerned that they may not have adequate reading, writing, numeracy and/or verbal communication skills are advised to contact WAM Training on 1800 143 343.

What is the Dogging Licence Course Outcome?

Once competence is achieved, trainees will be issued with:

  • A Notice of Assessment which may then be used to apply for a Licence to Perform High Risk Work – Class DG
  • A temporary licence which may be used to perform dogging work whilst WorkSafe Victoria produces the High Risk Work Licence (valid for 60 days)
  • A Statement of Attainment (Nationally Accredited)
Additional Course Information

Read the information below before making a booking into a Dogging Licence Course.

How many trainees can attend the course?

  • A maximum of 9 trainees are permitted

What should trainees wear?

  • Trainees are required to wear safety shoes and hi-visibility clothing (WAM Training can provide a hi-visibility safety vest if required)

Do trainees need to study?

  • Yes – All trainees will be forwarded the Course Handbook upon making a booking.  WAM Training requires that all trainees study the Course Handbook prior to the commencement of face-to-face training
  • In addition to studying the Course Handbook, WAM Training will provide a Pre-Course Worksheet which must be completed prior to the commencement of face-to-face training

What should trainees bring?

  • Completed Pre-Course Worksheet
  • Trainees must bring a passport or an Australian driver’s licence
  • Contact WAM Training on 1800 143 343 if you do not have one of the forms of ID listed above

How is the assessment conducted?

Trainees need to demonstrate their readiness for formal assessment by successfully completing three worksheets (one of which is provided as a Pre-Course Worksheet). Trainees will then be formally assessed according to the assessment instrument approved WorkSafe Victoria, which includes:

  • 71 short answer questions
  • 6 maths questions involving calculating load weights and determining the lifting capacity of slings in various configurations
  • Practical demonstration of the correct selection and inspection of lifting equipment, slinging of loads, and directing of a slewing crane to shift five loads (including assessment of the trainee’s ability to use verbal, hand and whistle signals, as well as the use of three knots and hitches)

The assessments are closed-book and no notes are permitted to be used. In the event that a Trainee is unable to complete the worksheets, they will not be assessed using the formal assessment instruments. In such cases, additional one-on-one training may be required and can be provided as per the rates listed below.

Can the assessment be conducted verbally?

  • WorkSafe Victoria allows the short-answer questions to be answered verbally
  • WAM Training endeavours to conduct verbal assessments during standard course hours, but as verbal assessments must be conducted one-on-one, there is a possibility that verbal assessments may need to be postponed to a mutually agreeable date and time

Are there any additional fees?

  • After successful completion, trainees are required to lodge their Application for High Risk Work Licence at Australia Post and pay a lodgement fee of $65.00 (GST Exempt).

What if I need retraining and/or reassessment?

In the event that reassessment is required, the following rates apply:

  • Knowledge Reassessment – $100
  • Assignment Reassessment – $75
  • Practical Reassessment – $300
  • Practical Training – $150 per hour if required

Please don’t hesitate to contact WAM Training on 1800 143 343 if you have any other questions.

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Course Reviews
  • “Left the course with a clear understanding of what a dogger’s responsibilities and role are. Thoroughly enjoyed this course.” – Jamie F, 11.01.19
  • “Fantastic knowledge by trainer, made the course exciting and interesting to participate in.” – Anonymous, 11.01.19
  • “Course was well run. Received lots of relevant information. Practical area was well set out with good variety of equipment and with different types of lifts. Will be able to use knowledge in the future.” – Chris P, 11.01.19
  • “Steve was awesome, fair and such an involved teacher! Accompanied by Luke, both gave positive feedback and great tips regarding the course. Can’t wait to do more courses with WAM.” – Kerrie G, 14.12.18
  • “Steve explained all aspects of the course in a way that made sense and was easy to understand. He delivered all the information and made sure we understood each part before moving on. Excellent course and well presented.” – Shane W, 03.08.18
  • “The methods were really effective in aiding me to learn and remember the material well. A great mixture of theory and prac.” – Walter L, 22.06.18
  • “Thank you! Steve was very patient and explained all topics clearly with relevant examples. Steve adapted the practical component well to cover information useful for our occupations. Industry examples were great.” – Karren, 23.11.17
  • “Good course. Well-presented and executed. Will recommend WAM to friends and colleagues.” – Enjo C, 27.10.17
  • “Loved it, excellent. Great facilities, instructor was very professional and developed the course to a good level. Very well delivered.” – Anonymous, 06.10.17