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Offshore Crane Operator Stage 2 Training

OPITO Standard

Product Code: 9035

Who is this Product for?

This Product is for individuals who have successfully completed the OPITO OCO Stage 1 Training and wish to progress to the next stage which is a more advanced training programme or onshore crane operators who wish to undertake the OPITO Offshore Crane Operator Stage 2 Training.

What does this Product cover?

This Product aims to provide the learner with more advanced training than that given in the OCO Stage 1 Introductory Training which then allows the successful learner to progress to OPITO’s OCO Stage 2 supervised workplace experience offshore.

It will also prepare experienced onshore crane operators for undertaking crane operations
in an offshore environment; they too will need to undergo OCO Stage 2 offshore work experience and assessment before being deemed competent to undertake OCO Stage 2 offshore lifting operations unsupervised.

Note: This OCO Stage 2 Training programme is not a formal assessment of competence, and therefore successful completion of this training by a learner cannot be used as an entitlement to operate an offshore crane unsupervised.

The key objectives
On successful completion of this training programme, the learner:

1. Will be able to identify and explain key elements of relevant legislation.

2. Will be aware of the different types of offshore cranes.

3. Will gain an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the offshore crane operator and the safety implications attached to that role.

4. Will gain an understanding of the main crane controls, operational safety systems, emergency safety systems, working limitations

5. Will gain an understanding of hazards associated with offshore crane operations and safe working practices of an offshore crane operator.

6. Will gain an understanding of typical first-line maintenance and inspection requirements for an offshore crane.

7. Will have practiced and demonstrated operating a crane following a lifting plan for a range of lifts with a variety of loads.

8. Will be able to respond appropriately to typical offshore crane malfunctions.

Entry Requirements

Learners who wish to undertake OCO Stage 2 Training will require:

a) An *OPITO-approved OCO Stage 1 Training certificate, or

b) An industry-recognised onshore crane operator certificate, or

c) A company certificate and relevant evidence which states that they have completed the equivalent of OPITO Offshore Crane Operator OCO Stage 1 Training within the last 12 months.

*The OPITO OCO Stage 1 certificate must be no more than one year old.

Medical entry requirements

Training activities contained within this Product may include physically demanding and potentially stressful elements. All personnel who participate in such activities must be capable of participating fully.

Therefore, OPITO-approved training centres are required, as a minimum, to ensure that prior to participating in practical exercises the learner is declared fit, in that they:

a) Possess an employing company approved medical certificate equivalent to an offshore medical certificate.


b) Undergo medical screening by completing an appropriate medical screening form provided by the OPITO-approved Centre


Evidence of a medical/eye test to confirm their depth of vision and that they are not colour blind.

The OPITO-approved Centre shall keep a record of the learners’ declaration(s) of fitness in accordance with their document control policy(s) or procedures. This information, along with summary details of the type of physical activities the learner will be asked to perform, will be given to learners by the OPITO approved Centre and, if applicable, to their sponsoring company as part of the joining instructions. The responsibility for declaring any current or pre-existing medical conditions that could have adverse effects to the individual’s state of health while undertaking the training and/or assessment activities lies with the learner and/or company sponsoring the learner. Where doubt exists regarding the fitness of any learner, the OPITO-approved Centre must direct the individual to consult a medical officer familiar with the nature and extent of the training.

Note: Practical exercises must be designed and delivered solely to meet this Product and must not place on the learners any demands other than those required to meet the Product.

Product Achievement Requirements

To achieve the Offshore Crane Operator Stage 2 Training Standard the candidate will need to complete the 4 mandatory units.

Guided Learning Hours

40 hours

There is an approximate ratio of 30% theory to 70% practical.

What could this Product lead to?

Offshore Crane Operator

- Stage 2 competence Assessment / Re-assessment (Fixed Installation)

- Stage 3 Competence Assessment / Re-assessment (Fixed Structures, Floating Structures,Vessel Subsea Lifting) 


Please note: If the expiry date on the learners previous certificate is within 3 months prior of the course enrolment date then the date of the new certificate should correspond with the expiry date of the existing/previous certificate unless stated otherwise by the Duty Holder or Asset Owner or Operator.

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