OPITO Rigger Assessment – Stages 3 & 4

OPITO Rigger Assessment – Stages 3 & 4


This course is designed for rigging and lifting personnel who require to be assessed to the OPITO Stage 3 or Stage 4 standard. The standard identifies the basic competencies and safety training required by the UK offshore Oil & Gas industry for personnel involved in rigging and lifting operations, generally referred to as ‘Riggers’. It explains how competence shall be assessed and certified for Stage 3 or Stage 4 assessment.


Candidates will need to have successfully completed the OPITO Stage 1 Rigging course within the last 2 years and provide a fully completed and valid logbook based on the OPITO Stage 2 Rigger Standard workplace requirements. Alternatively provide a letter from their employer confirming that they have met the equivalent of the OPITO Stage 2 Lifting Experience.

Duration: 2 days

People: 4 (max)


  • Relevant legislation (PUWER & LOLER regulations), personal responsibilities, ACOPs, relevant standards and guidelines.
  • Awareness of Manual Handling and good Housekeeping
  • The planning of Lifting Operations
  • Team work and communication. Ability to work as part of a team
  • Different types of slings and lifting equipment
  • Equipment pre and post use inspection, including certification of equipment
  • Equipment identification and selection
  • Safe and correct use of equipment
  • Rigging principles and terminology (e.g. angles and tensions in slings, centre of gravity and security)
  • Weight identification and estimation
  • Placements of loads and disconnection of load slings
  • Appreciation of dynamic factors which could influence a lifting operation (e.g. when working on FPSO’s, MODU’s, Semi Submersibles, and construction support vessels)
  • Cross haul/transfer loads. Change lifting equipment during a lift
  • Location of centre of gravity when offset on a load
  • Movement of loads in confined spaces or with restricted access


The scheduled course dates below are for training to be delivered at AquaTerra House.

If these dates are not suitable, or you would like to enquire about training delivery at your own premises/site, please place these requests into the form below.

May 2020

12th – 13th

27th – 28th

June 2020

9th – 10th

24th – 25th

July 2020

7th – 8th

22nd – 23rd

August 2020

11th – 12th

26th – 27th

September 2020

8th – 9th

23rd – 24th

October 2020

6th – 7th

21st – 22nd

November 2020

10th – 11th

25th – 26th

December 2020

8th – 9th

23rd – 24th


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