What is the CSTP?

The Common Safety Training Program (CSTP) provides a benchmark for safety training and preparation in the Australian oil and gas industry. Based on the demonstration of industry safe behaviours, the program breaks with traditional safety training by establishing a behaviourally focused program for workplaces and training organisations. The CSTP uses a structured off-the-job program followed by a period of workplace demonstration. The aim is to help reduce the number of safety incidents in the industry for all workers.

Who needs to undertake the CSTP?

Is the CSTP compulsory to work in the Australian oil and gas industry?

Since 1 January 2013, all workers at offshore production facilities have been required to hold a CSTP card or be working towards obtaining one.

Since 1 July 2013, all workers at offshore drilling facilities have been required to hold a CSTP card or be working towards obtaining one.

People who spend more than five consecutive nights on an offshore facility or undertake six or more visits offshore within a 12-month period must attain a CSTP card.

There are some exemptions for offshore construction workers on construction vessels and for marine crew not directly involved in activities relating to drilling or operations on a production facility. But individual companies may insist that their personnel to acquire CSTP cards.

The industry has not made CSTP compulsory for onshore operations, but individual companies can demand that their workers attain CSTP cards.

Is CSTP required for both new and experienced workers?

All personnel at an offshore production or drilling facility are required to hold a CSTP card or be able to demonstrate progress towards attainment (e.g. have completed the off-site training component but not yet completed the workplace observation confirmation).

Who is exempt from the CSTP?

Offshore construction workforces on construction vessels are currently exempt from this requirement. Marine crew are also currently excluded unless they are directly involved in activities relating to drilling or operations on a production facility. Individual companies may require their personnel to attain CSTP cards.

It is recognised that short term, infrequent “visitors” are required to go offshore, often at short notice. These personnel are generally closely supervised or escorted and therefore not required to hold a CSTP card. A short term, infrequent visitor is deem someone who does not spend more than 5 consecutive nights  or 6 or more offshore visits in any 12 month period.

Are frequent visitors offshore required to hold a CSTP card?

Personnel who spend more than five consecutive nights on an offshore facility or undertake six or more visits offshore within a 12-month period must attain a CSTP card.

Are contractors required to hold a CSTP card?

The program is equally applicable to Contractors as Operators. Contractors expecting to work in the Australian oil and gas industry on offshore production or drilling facilities must work towards having their personnel attain CSTP cards.

Who else can do CSTP courses?

Is CSTP available for the onshore oil and gas industry?

While it is not an industry requirement to hold a CSTP card when working in onshore oil and gas facilities, the program is available for onshore workers, including coal seam gas workers. Companies operating onshore are encouraged to participate due to the high-risk nature of the work environment.

Can people who are not working in the oil and gas industry undertake CSTP?

Anyone can participate in the training component of CSTP. But to obtain a CSTP card, the CSTP requirements must be demonstrated in an oil and gas production or drilling workplace.

To complete the CSTP, applicants must complete the three-day course and the workplace observation phase within 12 months. If not already employed in the oil and gas sector, course participants have 12 months from the completion of training to start the workplace demonstration component. Participants who have not found work in the oil and gas industry after 12 months will be required to redo the training component.

What if I completed the three-day course more than a year ago, but haven’t done the workplace observation yet?

It is expected that the workplace observation phase is done within 12 months of undertaking the three-day course. Depending on your work history since doing the course, you may need to re-attend the full three-day course or do a one-day refresher course. Under rare circumstances, a worker in this situation may qualify for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

How do new starts undertake CSTP?

How long is the off-the-job training component of the CSTP for new starts?

The off-the-job training component takes three days at an approved training organisation. The CSTP training can be done in conjunction with a BOSIET (Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training) course TBOSIET (Tropical Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training). Doing it this way will take a total of five days.

What if I completed the three-day course more than a year ago, but haven’t done the workplace observation yet?

It is expected that the workplace observation phase is done within 12 months of undertaking the three-day course. Depending on your work history since doing the course, you may need to re-attend the full three-day course or do a one-day refresher course. Under rare circumstances, a worker in this situation may qualify for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

How do experienced workers undertake CSTP?

What is the definition of an experienced worker for CSTP purposes?

Anyone who has been working in the oil and gas drilling or production industry for at least one year within the last two years is deemed to be an experienced worker.

I have worked in the industry for a long time. How do I obtain a CSTP card?

A recognition of prior experience pathway is available for people who have worked in the oil and gas industry for at least 12 months within the last two years.  For further information see this webpage.

How long can a worker be away from the industry before having to undertake CSTP on returning?

Anyone who has been out of the oil and gas industry for the previous two years or longer must undertake the full CSTP before resuming work in the offshore industry.

Does CSTP accommodate workers who have participated in the UK MIST program?

CSTP no longer provides recognition of prior learning for MIST card holders.

How is workplace observation done?

Are qualified assessors required for the workplace observation process?

Supervisors observing participants in the workplace do not need to be qualified assessors. This an observation process, not an assessment process.

When should workplace observations be undertaken?

Observations are not to be completed in a day. It is recommended that the observations occur over at least several shifts and when conducting different tasks. Where practical, the observations should be taken over four weeks or two swing shifts. The timing must be of sufficient duration that the observer is absolutely confident that the person understands the safety management processes and behaviours that are expected and are not a one-off occurrence. As a guide applicants newer to the industry will take longer to assess than someone with many years of experience.

I have been asked to conduct a workplace assessment. What is expected of me?

A formal checklist has been developed to help observers. See this link.

How does CSTP documentation work?

I don't have an employee number. What should I enter on the CSTP Experienced Worker Observed Safety Behaviour Confirmation?

The CSTP card for experienced workers will carry their employee number preceded by a 3 or 4-character reference for their employer. This allows the CSTP Independent Reviewer to track where the decision on behaviours was made. If you do not have an employee number, APPEA will establish a unique identification number for you.

How long does it take to receive the CSTP card?

CSTP applications are usually processed within 21 days from receipt of all required documents/photographs and payment (as applicable). Cards are then posted by standard mail to the address provided.

How is CSTP administered?

Which training organisations are authorised to deliver CSTP?

APPEA is the only body that can authorise training organisations to provide the off-the-job training component of CSTP.  Click here to view the training organisations currently approved to provide CSTP.

Why is there an Independent Reviewer?

The Independent Reviewer is critical to CSTP’s ongoing integrity and sustainability. APPEA appoints the Independent Reviewer to externally review all aspects of the CSTP. The role includes undertaking compliance reviews of training organisations and workplaces.

Do any other courses build on CSTP?

Is there a program for supervisors and managers to further develop safety leadership skills?

The Safe Supervisors Competency Program (SSCP) has been developed to further develop safety leadership skills. This program is designed to provide supervisors and managers the skills needed to promote and implement consistent safety behaviour in the Australian oil and gas industry. For more information see this link.