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Offshore crane operator standard

Offshore crane operator training course

Our crane operator training standard is the most sought after across the world.

When we develop your people you can be assured of their competence to carry out the safety critical role of offshore crane operator to Sparrows exacting and industry-leading standard.

We define competency as an individual having the ability to  consistentlyindependently and  safely perform a task that can be measured against a standard.


Contact us to discuss your requirements and to book a course or assessment.


Standard course offerings listed below.

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Summary of offshore crane training development programme


Aptitude testing To support the identification of practical skills including hand/eye co-ordination

Stage 1 – Novice operators – Designed to suit personnel who have no previous crane operating experience

Workplace experience – static lifting – Conducted under direct supervision to develop trainee skills for deck lifting operations

Stage 2 – Advanced operators – Designed to suit personnel with formal training and practical workplace crane operating experience

Workplace experience – Dynamic lifting – Conducted under direct supervision to develop advanced skills for ‘over the side’ lifting operations

Competence assessment The first assessment is conducted at the candidate’s workplace by a Sparrows assessor to deem the crane operator competent

Stage 3 Re-assessment to ensure continuing competences. This can be conducted at the candidate’s workplace or on a simulator



Standard offshore crane operator courses - worldwide


  • Offshore crane operator – stages 1, 2 and 3
  • Simulator assessments
  • Crane appreciation

Standard offshore crane operator courses - US specific

  • API-U crane operations
  • Gin pole / auto-crane operator
  • Mobile crane operator and rigger
  • Offshore crane operator stage 3 assessment
  • Offshore knuckle boom crane operator and qualified rigger
  • Offshore pedestal crane operator and qualified rigger
  • Offshore Pedestal crane operator
  • Powered overhead crane operator
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