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


2021 course dates to be confirmed for training delivered at AquaTerra House.

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