What is CSTP?

The Common Safety Training Program (CSTP) provides a benchmark for safety training and preparation in the oil and gas industry.

Launched in 2010, the CSTP reflects the commitment of the Australian Oil and Gas industry to continually improve safety performance with over 8000 participants already completing the program.

The program is based on the demonstration of industry-established safe behaviours. It establishes a behaviourally focused program for workplaces and training organisations.

CSTP combines a structured off-the-job program followed by a period of workplace demonstration. It is recognised as a world leader because of its immersive, workplace simulation and hands-on approach to developing safety skills and culture from the onset of workers’ careers in the oil and gas industry.

It has introduced a consistent, reliable and high-quality process that allows companies to have confidence in entry-level safety training standards applied across the whole industry.

Offshore workers

All personnel regularly working in Australian offshore production and drilling operations must undertake CSTP and hold a CSTP card. This has been mandatory since 2013.

Onshore workers

While not required for onshore personnel, the program is also applicable, and available, to workers in onshore oil and gas. Some companies now require their onshore workers to hold CSTP cards.


CSTP is administered by the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) on behalf of the Australian oil and gas industry.

APPEA is the peak national body representing Australia’s oil and gas exploration and production industry.

It oversees the CSTP’s Independent Reviewer and seeks regular feedback on the program via the CSTP Industry Advisory Group.

CSTP Industry Advisory Group

The Industry Advisory Group (IAG) membership consists of members drawn from various sections of the industry on voluntary basis. Its objective is to ensure CSTP is implemented in an effective and efficient manner to meet industry’s requirements. The IAG meets at least 4 times a year to:-

  • address matters relating to content or structure
  • review statistics on participation
  • review reports from the independent assessor
  • consult widely with industry to identify and resolve operational issues
  • liaise with CSTP training providers
  • report to the APPEA Board on progress and uptake of the CSTP

The IAG can be contacted through APPEA via info@cstprogram.com.au

CSTP Independent Reviewer

The Independent Reviewer is appointed by APPEA to visit workplaces, interview applicants, assess training organisations and review compliance with the requirements of CSTP. This ensures a high and consistent standard of training delivery and provides confidence that all applicants have met the required standards.

The Independent Reviewer must be genuinely independent of any training delivery or approved training organisation and from any participating workplace. They must have oil and gas industry knowledge and experience and demonstrated competence in assessing training program outcomes.

Worksite visits by the Independent Reviewer

From time to time the Independent Reviewer will contact organisations in advance and determine an appropriate time to conduct a site based review. This may include examining a sample of workplace observation checklists, review evidence supporting decisions to offer RPL to experienced workers and evaluate the systems used to record CSTP and relevant training information. The audit is often used to provide the opportunity for supervisors to discuss aspects of the program.

Following the visit, a report is provided to the organisation for their feedback and a copy is then forwarded to the CSTP Industry Advisory Group for their information and if applicable action.