All employees regularly working at an offshore production or drilling facility must obtain a CSTP card. Some onshore operators also require workers to undertake CSTP.

The CSTP gives participants new to the oil and gas industry an overview of the industry, the regulatory regime under which it operates, and the various practices that are common within the industry.

The CSTP Program for “New Starters” involves two components:

  • A three-day training program at an APPEA-approved training organisation
  • Workplace demonstration of the CSTP behaviour learnt during training.

The workplace observation component must be completed within 12 months of the off-the-job training.

If the workplace observation component of the training is not completed within 12 months of attending the training course, the trainee may need to attend a refresher course and could be charged a fee for card issue.

Step 1 – Attend training for new starts

A new start must undertake a three-day CSTP course with an APPEA-approved training provider. For offshore workers, this course is often combined with helicopter underwater escape training (HUET), or two days of either Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) or Tropical Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (TBOSIET) training.

After completing the CSTP course, the worker will be issued with a Training Observation Confirmation form– a signed endorsement that the required behaviours have been successfully demonstrated during training. This document should be kept as it confirms progression towards completing the CSTP and may be required by the person conducting the workplace observation assessment.

The worker’s Training Observation Confirmation form and a passport-style photo will also be uploaded to the national CSTP database.

Before completing this phase of CSTP, the worker should:

  • Provide contact details to the training provider so that the card or other information can be sent out.
  • Have a passport-style photograph taken.
  • Receive a copy of the completed Training Observation Confirmation form.
  • Receive a copy of the CSTP Workplace Observation Checklist and Workplace Observed Safety Behaviour Confirmation forms, which are required to be completed back at the workplace (additional copies can be downloaded).

Step 2 – Workplace observation

One copy each of the Workplace Observation Checklist and the Workplace Observed Safety Behaviour Confirmation forms will be provided for the workplace observer to complete.

The supervisor must then observe the worker in the workplace, checking off the required behaviours as they are demonstrated on the CSTP Workplace Observation Checklist. This checklist is kept as part of the workplace’s documentation.

(The supervisor can obtain further information on how to complete the observation confirmation form at the Workplace Observations tab).

Conducting workplace observations does not mean the observer must follow the employee around the work site with checklist in hand. Typically the observer will watch the employee demonstrate the behaviours (or not) in the everyday performance of their work.

Over the course of several shifts, the observer is required to watch the employee (across as many aspects of the worker’s job roles as possible) and determine if the core safety behaviours are applied correctly and consistently.

Sufficient time and opportunity must be provided so that employees to face new situations and circumstances that require the applying the core safety behaviours in different contexts.

To record performance outcomes, the observer is encouraged to reflect on what they have actually seen the employee do (in the context of the observable behaviours listed) before completing the CSTP Workplace Observation Checklist.

Note: Observers are to record performance outcomes for two observation durations across different swing/work cycles.

For continuity it is preferred that only one observer watches the trainee. 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.

Step 3 – Workplace confirmation

If the observations meet the expectations contained in the check-list, the observer(s) will complete and sign the Workplace Observed Safety Behaviour Confirmation form.

The workplace should keep a copy of this form for inspection by the independent reviewer during an audit.  Workers should also keep a copy for their own records and to present to the independent reviewer if required.

If, following two  observations, the applicant has not achieved all performance outcomes, the employer should  contact an approved CSTP training organisation to arrange further training.

Any trainees who have not successfully complete the workplace observation component within 12 months of attending the course, may be required to attend  either a refresher course,  attend the full course again or meet the experienced worker criteria. A fee for card issue may be charged.

Step 4 – Submit application and receive CSTP card

The training course fee includes the application fee for the CSTP card.

A copy of the Workplace Observed Safety Behaviour Confirmation form must be emailed to  cstp@appea.com.au

Once the application has been assessed, processed and recorded on the national CSTP database, the worker’s card will be issued and sent out. This usually occurs within 21 days.

CSTP documents for new starts