All existing experienced personnel working in offshore oil and gas operations must obtain a CSTP card.

An experienced worker program is available to people who have worked at least 12 months within the last two years in the oil and gas industry.

Experienced personnel must undergo a recognition of prior learning (RPL) process and safety behaviour observation in the workplace to obtain a CSTP card.

RPL means that CSTP’s off-the-job training requirements can be waived. But workplace observation of safety behaviours is still required.

Step 1 – Workplace observation

A supervisor will  observe the worker conducting several tasks in the workplace over a period of no less than 28 days – which can be over two or more shifts – so that they can accurately complete your CSTP Experienced Worker Application.

Preferably, the application is signed off by the same supervisor. But rosters and work schedules mean this may not always be possible. Therefore, CSTP allows up to three supervisors to carry out workplace observation and sign off the CSTP Experienced Worker Application.

A copy of the application should be taken for the worker’s records and another kept for company records. These will be required to be produced if requested by the independent assessors for the audit process.

Step 2 – Submission and payment

The worker should then email a submission to that includes:

Step 3 – CSTP card issued

After processing the application, the CSTP card should be issued within 21 days of receiving payment and all required material and payment.

CSTP documents for experienced workers