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Offshore Crane Operator – Stage 3 Re-assessment


The Stage 3 Offshore Crane Operator Re-Assessment is used to assess the continued competence of offshore crane operators. BS 7121 Part 11: Offshore Cranes states that an operator’s competence should be re-assessed every 2 years and the Health and Safety Executive has acknowledged that practical simulation exercises play a part in complying with this standard.



Participants shall hold a current Stage 3 Certificate of Competency and be experienced in all facets of offshore crane operations.

Assessment Content

Crane operators will be required to successfully complete both a practical and theory assessment before being deemed competent to operate an offshore crane unsupervised.

For the practical assessment, the assessor will accompany the crane operator to the crane cab and expect the operator to give a detailed and thorough description of an offshore crane and its workings including but not limited to the following:

    • Describe the responsibilities of an offshore crane operator referring to relevant governing standards and legislation.
    • Describe and function all limits associated with the crane.
    • Ability to competently read a variety of load charts.
    • Understanding of load indicator functions. This is to include both static and dynamic modes.
    • Crane controls and functions
    • Maintenance requirements for offshore cranes and wire ropes including adequately demonstrating all pre start inspections

Utilising the offshore crane simulator, the operator will be exposed to a variety of emergency situations in varying weather conditions. The crane operator will be required to perform a range of lifting operations including deck to deck and vessel to vessel lifts.

As and when required, subsea lifting operations can be incorporated into the stage 3 offshore assessment.

Course Pre-requisites

  • A current Stage 3 Offshore Crane Operator certificate of competency.
  • The participant is able to supply to the assessor a detailed CV (resume) and contactable references to verify experience.
  • Verifiable 50 hours supervised over the side lifts signed off in an appropriate recognised logbook.

Competency Achievement

Upon successful completion of the assessment process, the participant will be awarded a Stage 3 Offshore Crane Operator Certificate of Competency, valid for 2 years from date of issue, allowing them to operate an offshore crane unsupervised.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Requirements

This assessment requires the ability to read and interpret typical product specifications, job sheets, procedures, material labels and safety information as provided to operators. Writing is required to the level of completing workplace forms. Numeracy is required to calculate loads and estimate balance points for slinging. All assessment activities will be conducted in English.

Course Duration

Day 1 8:30am to 4:30pm

Number of Participants

Minimum 2 participants
Maximum 6 participants

Course Fee and Additional Service Costs

$2,710.00 + GST

This course fee includes morning tea and lunch at the training centre.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course participants are required to agree with the terms and conditions of enrolment, available for reading during the online enrolment process.