API Qualified Offshore Rigger

The purpose of this course is to provide persons involved with rigging & slinging the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge of:

  • Requirements for the marking of lifting components
  • Pre/Post user control and correct storage of equipment
  • Recommended Practice - per API RP2D 7th Edition
  • Enterprise of Competence & end user equipment inspection
  • Planning of lifting routes and lay down areas
  • Slings
  • Eyebolts, Swivel hoist rings, Padeyes
  • Shackles and Turnbuckles
  • Definitions: Rigging equipment
  • Rigging and Crane Blocks
  • Baskets


Theoretical training covering:

  • Calculation of lifting equipment capacities
  • Safe job analysis and Risk Assessment planning
  • Equipment strengths and weaknesses
  • Slinging configuration
Practical training covering:
  • Lift planning and risk assessment
  • Lifting team basics
  • Blind Lifts
  • Slinging various types of load according to size, weight, shape and centre of gravity.
  • Choosing the correct lifting equipment
  • Visual check of slings (wire /fiber)
  • Visual check of lifting accessories
Students will receive an API – U certification upon course completion and passing exams. Participants will be given theoretical tests to confirm their understanding, and a minimum pass mark is set at 75%.

The course participant will be able to:

  • Give examples of the result of incorrect use of lifting components and how this can be avoided.
  • Show knowledge of the regulations regarding marking, documentation, use, maintenance, daily inspection and discard criteria of lifting gear.
  • Choose correct lifting equipment and show correct methods of use.
  • Direct crane operations safely using radio & hand signals
  • Develop and follow a lifting plan and risk assessment