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Offshore Crane Operator Stage 3 Competence Assessment (Vessel Subsea Lifting)

OPITO Standard

Product Code: 9042

Who is this Product for?

This Product is intended for personnel who wish to become OPITO-certified Stage 3 offshore crane operators, on Vessel Subsea Lifting

What does this Product cover?

This Product aims to establish that the learner has the required underpinning knowledge, understanding and practical skills to fulfil the role of Stage 3 Offshore Crane Operator safely and effectively.

Note: Duty holders (or equivalent) of the fixed structure, floating structure or vessel must ensure that successful Stage 3 OCO candidates get sufficient familiarisation with the specific type of offshore crane they will be expected to operate before undertaking lifting operations.

Entry Requirements

Learners for OCO Stage 2 Competence Assessment require: [ A and C ] or [ B and C ] – see details below:

(a) A valid OPITO-approved OCO Stage 2 Competence Assessment certificate


(b) A valid OCO Stage 2 or a Stage 3 industry-recognised Offshore Crane Operator competence certificate.


(c) A fully completed and valid logbook, based on the OPITO Stage 3 OCO Standard workplace requirements (Appendix 1: OCO Stage 3 Logbook Requirements)

See OPITO Offshore Crane Operator Stage 3 Workplace Experience Logbook document

Medical entry requirements

Training and/or assessment 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 Centres are required, to ensure that prior to participating in practical exercises the learner undergoes medical screening by completing an appropriate medical screening form provided by the OPITO-approved Centre

The OPITO-approved Centre shall keep a record of the learner’s declaration 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 should direct the individual to consult a medical officer familiar with the nature and extent of the training.

Note: Practical exercises should 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 3 Competence Assessment (Vessel Subsea Lifting) the learner will need to complete the 4 mandatory units

Guided Learning Hours

8 hours - This may vary depending on the nature of the crane operation

Where an assessment is conducted in the workplace: it must be completed within one trip or hitch; the length of the trip/hitch would depend on individual company work cycles.

What could this Product lead to?

Offshore Crane Operator Stage 3 Competence Re-Assessment (Vessel Subsea Lifting)


2 years

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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