Competence Assurance Guidelines For F(P)SOs

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January 2009
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This publication sets out the basic skills and knowledge requirements for safe operation of F(P)SO installations and the training and assessment of F(P)SO personnel to meet them. It has been produced by OCIMF in cooperation with the Marine Safety Sub-Committee of The International Association of Oil and Gas Procedures (OGP) and with OGP’s endorsement.

This publication provides guidelines to assist F(P)SO Managers in achieving and maintaining the highest practical standards of competence for F(P)SO operations personnel. The guidelines are installation specific, not company generic. This means that if a company has multiple F(P)SOs then the whole range of activities will need to be carried out for each unit.

The purpose of this guide is to enable F(P)SO Managers to:

  • Develop an effective Competency Assurance Program
  • Develop a concept for competency assessment that meets each company's needs based upon their own site organisation structure
  • Determine the competencies required for each Level of F(P)SO personnel
  • Assess the competence of each member of the F(P)SO operations personnel
  • Assist establish the training needs for each member of the F(P)SO personnel
  • Establish the required experience and knowledge for safe operations, based upon the Competency Assessment Tables.

Section 1 – Implementation Guidelines

1.1 General

1.2 Getting Started

1.3 F(P)SO Personnel and Competency Levels

1.4 Customising and the Guidelines

1.5 Responsibilities Ownership and Stewardship

Section 2 – Functional Analysis

2.1 Index of Functions, Units and Elements

2.2 Analysis Tree

Section 3 – Assessors and Verifiers

3.1 Appointment and Training of Assessors

3.2 Appointment and Training of Verifiers

Section 4 – Criticality Assessment

4.1 General

4.2 Performing a Criticality Assessment

4.3 Criticality Assessment

Section 5 – Competence Assessment Tables

5.1 General Principle

5.2 Developing Competency Assessment Tables

5.3 Verification and Approval

5.4 Revalidation Process

5.5 Overview

Section 6 – Assessment Guidance

6.1 General

6.2 Observation

6.3 Questioning

6.4 Written Test

6.5 Oral Test

6.6 Assessment Expertise

6.7 Records

6.8 Overview

Section 7 – Competence Record Book

7.1 Overview Model Competence Record Book

7.2 Record Sheets

Section 8 – Training Guidance

8.1 General

8.2 Determining Individual’s Training Needs

8.3 Training Strategy

8.4 Overview

Appendix 1 – Model Competence Record Book

Appendix 2 – Worked example of Criticality Assessment

Appendix 3 – CATs (Competence Assessment Tables)

System 1 – Produced Fluid Inlet

System 2 – Fluid Separation

System 3 – Gas Handling

System 4 – Produced Water Injection

System 5 – Well Test Measurement

System 6 – Auxiliary Systems

System 7 – Emergency Situations/Personnel Safety

System 8 – Ballast System

System 9 – Navigation Systems

System 10 – Corrosion Systems

System 11 – Hydrocarbon Systems

System 12 – Export Systems

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) is a voluntary association of oil companies with an interest in the shipment and terminalling of crude oil, oil products, petrochemicals and gas. OCIMF focuses exclusively on preventing harm to people and the environment by promoting best practice in the design, construction and operation of tankers, barges and offshore vessels and their interfaces with terminals. Learn more at

Number of Pages:
Published Date:
January 2009
Binding Format:
Hardback Spiro
Book Height:
300 mm
Book Width:
210 mm
0.6 kg

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