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Advanced Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for Grips

This qualification is the second level of qualification for competence in grips. Covering Tracking Vehicles, Recces, Camera Cranes, elevated complex track and vehicle mounted camera rigs.

What will I learn?

There are 7 units to complete, each unit listed below describes what you must be able to demonstrate and competently achieve on production. Being competent means that you can do a task to a skilled level, understand why it is done that way and solve associated problems.


  1. Contribute to good working relationships

  2. Conduct an assessment of risks in the workplace

  3. Rig tracking vehicles and trailers

  4. Recce the locations for filming requirements

  5. Rig camera cranes

  6. Track and swing the crane arm

  7. Elevate and track the camera

  8. Select and monitor the use of grip equipment

  9. Lay complex track

  10. Rig car mounts and use rope, fastenings and strops


Upon acceptance to the qualification, you will be allocated a qualified assessor who is also a Level 3 qualified working grip. Four work-based assessments will be carried out to assess all units of the qualification. You will also be required to write up log-books and provide photographic evidence of work undertaken in each unit area. The qualification is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete.


Entry Requirements

  • Completed the Level 2 Diploma in professional competence for Grips

  • 6 references in total; 4 x Director of Photography and 2 x Camera Operators

What will I be qualified to do?

  • Anything and everything related to the Grip Department.

Interested? Contact us now.

Please contact Martin Horstead at Bucks College in order to apply for your qualification or use the button below to submit an enquiry.

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