OPITO Products for Energy - Oil and Gas (Upstream)

Rigger Competence Assessment Standard

Standard Code: 9099

Revision: 2

Amendment: 2 (Feb 2022)

Aim and objectives:

The aim and objectives of the OPITO Rigger competence assessment are to establish that the learner has the required underpinning knowledge, understanding and practical skills to fulfil the role of Rigger safely and effectively.

Target audience:

The target group for the Rigger competence assessment is personnel who wish to become an OPITO-certified competent rigger.

Learner pre-requisites:

Learners must possess:

Option 1

(a) A valid OPITO-approved Rigger Initial Training Certificate


(b) A fully completed and valid OPITO Rigger Workplace Experience Logbook and supporting evidence for each of the 10 tasks*, such as a copy of the lifting plan, permit or toolbox talk, based on the OPITO Rigger Initial Training Standard and Rigger Workplace Experience Logbook requirements. The logbook must be signed as true and valid by the employing company head of discipline or the employing company discipline manager and confirmed by the Centre as being present and correct prior to assessment taking place.

*Supporting evidence is not required for learners who completed the Initial Training Standard (previously Stage 1) between February 29th, 2020, and February 28th, 2022.


(c) If a learner completed the Initial Training Standard (previously Stage 1) between February 29th, 2020, and February 28th, 2022 and does not have a completed Workplace Experience Logbook, a formal letter from a current employer, meeting the below criteria, may be accepted.

The letter must:

1)Be on company letterhead

2)State that the learner has met the equivalent of the OPITO (previously Stage 2) Workplace Experience Logbook criteria

3)Include details of the senior employer representative’s position in the company, full contact details, and be signed and dated by the senior employer’s representative

4)Be sent directly from the employer to the Centre prior to assessment and not provided by the Learner

Option 2

(d) An OPITO Approved Rigger Competence Assessment or Re-Assessment Certificate awarded with the previous 30 months.

Option 3

(e) Evidence that they have been assessed as competent and have achieved an equivalent qualification/certification by a nationally recognised awarding body, awarded within the previous 30 months**.

Please note that after two years the certificate would no longer be valid (see Note 1 below).

Note 1: Learners who possess an OPITO Rigger Assessment or Re-Assessment Certificate which has expired by more than 6 months will be required to attend the OPITO Rigger Initial Training prior to undertaking the Rigger Competence Assessment. In these instances, there will be no requirement to complete a Work Experience Logbook. Rigger Competence Assessment/Reassessment Standard

**It is the responsibility of the Centre to confirm and demonstrate appropriate recognition and equivalency of the Learner's qualification/certification.


2 years

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