Offshore Crane Operator - Stage 1

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The Stage 1 Offshore Crane Operator course aims to give participants with minimal or no experience the fundamentals to work with and or around offshore cranes in a safe and efficient manner.


The Stage 1 Offshore Crane Operator course is designed for participants with little or no crane experience.

Course Content

  • Crane pre operational checks and maintenance.
  • Wire rope inspection and care.
  • Safe rigging practices.
  • Rigging calculations.
  • Offshore crane safety devices.
  • Safe working loads.
  • Load indicators.
  • Dynamic factors.
  • Communication associated with lifting operations.
  • Lifting operation lift assessments.

Career Opportunities/Pathways

Successful completion of this course will allow participants to perform supervised deck lifts on offshore facilities. Further practical experience may lead to attaining the pre-requisites for Offshore Crane Operator - Stage 2.

Course Pre-requisites

No experience required.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Requirements

This assessment requires the ability to read and interpret typical product specifications, job sheets, procedures, material labels and safety information as provided to operators. Writing is required to the level of completing workplace forms. Numeracy is required to calculate loads and estimate balance points for slinging. All assessment activities will be conducted in English.

Practical Assessment

The participant will be required to perform a range of exercises in varying weather conditions in the offshore crane simulator.

Theory Assessment

Crane operators will be required to successfully complete a theory assessment before being deemed competent.


Upon successful completion of course, participants will be awarded a Stage 1 Certificate of Competency.

Course Duration

5 days

  • Day 1 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Day 2 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Day 3 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Day 4 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Day 5 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

Course Availability

To check for upcoming course dates, course availability and to enrol on this course, please go
to our Training Management Portal.

Number of Participants

Minimum 2 participants

Maximum 6 participants

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course participants are required to agree with the Term and Conditions of enrolment. These terms and conditions are available at or on request from Farstad Shipping Offshore Simulation Centre staff.