Offshore Crane Operator Stage 3 , Opito



The stage 3 assessment progression is designed as an evaluation of the candidates’ skill as a crane operator, usually after completing 40 hours of crane operations.

The one day assessment evaluates the competencies of the candidate operating the crane, as per stage 2, but also concentrates on the planning and understanding of the lifting process.


The criteria for stage three comprises of the fundamental elements of the stage 2 assessment and includes:


  • Crane and deck operations
  • Communication skills
  • Knowledge of HSE Plan
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and approved codes of practice
  • Knowledge of JSA
  • Understanding of safe working procedures




Upon completion of the course delegates should be able to:

  • Operate cranes using industry best practices.
  • Make pre-use checks and follow emergency procedures.
  • Demonstrate Knowledge of rated capacity indicators
  • Demonstrate Knowledge emergency and safety components. Demonstrating the ability to plan lifting operations effectively.
  • Assess loads and impact of weather conditions on the lifting.
  • Showcase a mastery of the device regarding the safety of personnel and assets.
  • Lift and displace loads of divers forms and sizes,
  • Show prove of total control of lifting operation.
  • Use personnel transfer and work basket safely.


Prerequisite of the Crane Operator Stage Three (3) Training

To be assess and certified to stage three in crane operation, the participants must have completed stage two training in crane operation. Participant will be expected to present medical certificate of sight fitness before being tested for the crane operator stage three course.


Who Should Attend

The crane operator stage three (3) training is intended for individuals who are to be involved in lifting operation using cranes and personnel transfers/work basket, offloading and back loading supply vessels and performing non-routine lifts.




Phase One

The candidate and the assessor will agree on the assessment plan with elucidations on the candidate to provide verifiable evidence and product as outlined in the assessment form as part of the first phase of the assessment. This should consist at least of the following:

  • Cranes types and differences
  • Principles of stability
  • Simple mechanics applicable to cranes
  • Converted cranes
  • Purpose built pedestal cranes
  • Transmission systems
  • Control systems
  • Speed and power limitations
  • Safety devices


Phase Two

The crane operator will have to acclimatize the assessor with the crane and functions in the Cab as if he was making a handover to another crane operator, Observations to be noted will include, but not be limited to:

  • Operate the crane in a safe manner,
  • Displaying awareness of any conflicting activity,
  • Control the crane whilst operating unloaded and with load on hook,
  • Demonstrate the ability to remove swing from the load,
  • Follow instructions given by the banks man through hand signals/radio contact use and understanding of load indicator functions,
  • Limiting devices,
  • Wires fitted to the crane in use,
  • Crane controls,
  • Understanding of the crane operator’s responsibilities under LOLER (Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations) or prevailing legislation