It is not enough for organizations to simply say their members have the training and necessary skills to do the work. Organizations need to have a way of showing it. By the use of the rigger training and UA/EPRI examination/certification programs, the United Association is able to show manufacturers and contractors that by choosing United Association certified riggers they are assured of the highest quality craftsmanship, integrity, and safety available in the construction industry. The implementation of the UA/EPRI Industrial Rigging Certification Program is a continuation of the United Association’s commitment to assure that the best trained and qualified personnel are available for all future rigging requirements in the construction industry. The program is recognized as a significant and progressive step in developing and ensuring skilled riggers for the construction industry.
In the four years of its existence, the program has grown significantly. Today, it is the second largest certification program the United Association operates. With a budget of over $2 million, we will continue to train the best riggers available. Since its inception, the UA/EPRI Industrial Rigging Certification Program has qualified over 2,500 riggers. This allows the United Association to provide industry with highly-skilled workers who deserve the wages and benefits that go with a union job.
.Researching the Benefits
In order to determine whether the Rigging Certification Program meets the needs of industry, the UA conducted a survey. This extensive survey included individuals and organizations involved in the construction industry. Study participants included union members, contractors, manufacturers, and plant/facilities owners. The research study utilizes first hand information of the benefits associated with United Association trained and certified riggers. Research showed the program provides significant advantages for contractors, manufacturers and owners. These benefits include the elimination of rigger certification costs, no delays in job start-up. It also provides confidence that United Association riggers have proven abilities & skills. Close to 90% of the organizations responding to the survey felt the rigger certification program met their needs, this is certainly a noteworthy statistic. Data shows the United Association is on the right track with their program and will continue work closely with industry participants.
It is the continuing goal of the United Association to provide highly trained UA craftsmen.Our craftsmen have detailed knowledge and experience that will contribute to lower plant operating costs. In fact, many utilities and other industrial facilities throughout the United States and Canada have already established completion of the UA/EPRI Industrial Rigging Certification Program as a necessary hiring requirement.