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).

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.) outlines 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”.

If the work you do fits into the above categories, we strongly recommend completing a Dogging Licence Course.

  • 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
  • Victorian residents only
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Experience working around machinery is preferred

Available Dates

Upcoming Workshops

Course Dates Time Available Spaces Cost Individual Bookings Business Bookings
6 - 10 June 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 7 $1,350.00
10 June, 14 - 17 June 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 9 $1,350.00
20 - 24 June 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 3 $1,350.00
27 June - 1 July 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 6 $1,350.00
4 - 8 July 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 8 $1,350.00
11 - 15 July 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 9 $1,350.00
18 - 22 July 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 9 $1,350.00
25 - 29 July 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 9 $1,350.00
1 - 5 August 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 9 $1,350.00
8 - 12 August 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 9 $1,350.00
15 - 19 August 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 9 $1,350.00
22 - 26 August 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 9 $1,350.00
29 August - 2 September 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 9 $1,350.00
5 - 9 September 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 9 $1,350.00
12 - 16 September 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 9 $1,350.00
19 - 23 September 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 9 $1,350.00
23 - 27 September 2022 07:45 am - 04:00 pm 9 $1,350.00

Course Details

For the Dogging Licence Course, trainees must have adequate English language skills to safely complete tasks relating to dogging work operation, such as being able to:

  • Read and correctly interpret safe work method statements, load information and lifting equipment specifications
  • Complete paperwork such as risk assessments and logbook entries
  • Calculate the weight of loads based on dimensions and materials
  • Determine the lifting capacity of slings in various configurations
  • Speak English clearly
  • Explain, describe and verify sometimes complex needs and issues
  • Direct crane operators in the movement of loads

If a trainee is concerned that they may not have the required capabilities to complete our Dogging Licence Course, please contact WAM Training on 1800 143 343 for advice.

Upon successful completion of our Dogging Licence Course, trainees will be issued with a WorkSafe Notice of Assessment (which can then be used to apply for a High Risk Work Licence via the myWorkSafe Portal) and a Statement of Attainment.

  • A maximum of 9 trainees can attend this course
  • Trainees should wear safety shoes (and hi-vis clothing if they can)
  • A Pre-Course Worksheet will be provided which must be completed prior to the course
  • For identification, trainees should bring a driver’s licence or passport

Informal Assessment (Formative Assessment)

WorkSafe Victoria requires Trainees to complete informal (formative) assessments before they are allowed to sit the formal (summative) assessments. That is to say that our Trainers need to have determined that the Trainee is ‘ready’ to sit the licence tests. We do this using three worksheets which must be correctly completed prior to the licence tests. If the worksheets aren’t completed correctly (I.e. the Trainer determines that the Trainee isn’t ready for the licence tests), then the formal (summative) assessments will need to be postponed. In some cases, this will attract additional charges – Therefore, thorough preparation prior to course commencement is critical.

Formal (Summative) Assessment

Trainees will then be formally assessed in three stages:

  1. Theory Assessment (71 short-answer questions)
  2. Maths Assessment (6 maths questions involving calculating load weights and determining the lifting capacity of slings in various configurations
  3. Practical Assessment (Hazard identification, sling selection and inspection and the directing of a crane operator via radio, hand and whistle signals

The formal assessments for the Dogging Licence Course are closed-book and no notes are permitted to be used. Also, if a Trainee is unable to complete the worksheets, additional one-on-one training may be required and can be provided as indicated below. Verbal assessments may be conducted for the Theory Assessment only. If required, verbal assessments may be postponed to a mutually agreeable date and time as they must be conducted one-on-one.


In the event that re-assessment is required, the following rates apply:

  • Theory – $100
  • Maths – $75
  • Practical – $300
  • Practical Training – $150 per hour if required

If you have any questions about our Dogging Licence Course, please contact WAM Training on 1800 143 343.

Any time that judgement is exercised with regards to sling inspection or the slinging method a DG Licence will be required. WorkSafe Victoria has advised WAM that the use of inspection checklists would still require judgement to be exercised. Also, any time that a person is directing a crane operator to shift a load where that load is outside of the view of the operator, a DG Licence will be required.

A DG Licence does not allow the operation of any machinery.

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4 reviews for Dogging Licence

  1. Scott

    Did the dogging course here and at first it was overwhelming when they showed the week’s schedule but they have it set up in a way that you learn everything at a comfortable pace and I came out of the course feeling very knowledgeable on dogging. Have also done working safely at heights and traffic management with them and they are very thorough and professional.

  2. Tau

    I have attended several courses during the COVID-19 crisis In order to upgrade skills with accredited licenses. Thanks to all the staff members for their professionalism and dedication to making this achieve-able and always positive in broaching any issues.

  3. Andre

    Completed a doggers course at the Laverton Branch. The facility’s are fantastic and modern, very clean and tidy with ample parking. Justin and Tyrone were great to work alongside, very welcoming helpful and professional. The rest of the WAM team were very friendly, always saying hello and asking how things were going. Highly recommend, I will be returning to WAM for any future training needs.

  4. Ben

    Staff from entry to exit, they treat people with respect, free fruit basket to grab, men and women alike were professionals and polite. The trainers were clear and helpful, tried to make course less boring. Brings in lunch orders by staff, seen female students doing the courses which was cool and not one-sided. All in all, I got two tickets from them and the staff were not simply there for a paycheck. For the employers, your workers, if they have ears and half of a brain of a 10 year old with a calculator, they can pass.

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