Operator Competence Management Oil & Gas


AdviSafe offers a range of training modules known as The Competence Management Suite aiming at (further) developing the competences of (senior) operator technicians.

Competence Management has gained significance in recent years. If you ask yourself ‘How do we know if this person is competent to do this job?’ or ‘How can we prove/demonstrate this person is competent to do the job?’ our competence management support may be of help.

You need to be certain that people who operate your installations know what they are doing, not only in normal everyday operations, but in emergency situations as well. The workforce in your organisation needs to be aware, safe and effective in the execution of their current operations and must be prepared for future developments.

Your responsibility comprises social, ethical, safety and production aspects. Your employees will feel appreciated when they get the opportunity to learn and gain new experiences in relation to their current and future tasks and responsibilities. This will create a higher level of personal development and job satisfaction.

AdviSafe Competence Management Suite

AdviSafe’s Competence Management Suite comprises several elements which can be seen as isolated modules, or as a complete training pathway to guide a person to the level of (senior) operator technician. Apart from following the training modules each person needs to gain experience in the field.

AdviSafe Risk Management focuses on the improvement of competence management within your company.

In order to support you in this process we offer the following training elements:

  1. Introduction to new Operators

  2. Basic Knowledge Oil & Gas Industry

  3. VQ-POH3 Process

  4. VQ-POH3 Mentors training

  5. VQ-POH3 Assessor training

  6. Leadership & Communication Skills

This training module is meant for all future operators new to the organisation. This one week training module will give the future operator the necessary insight into the organisation, its operations, policies and the operator’s role in general. It provides a general and broad view and allows operators to effectively familiarise themselves with the organisation’s culture. Through team assignments, which will help new operators to get to know each other, their individual tasks and responsibilities and your organisation’s policies will be clarified. Other subjects that will be addressed during this training are HSE, risk management, legislation, human resources, competence policy, control of hydrocarbons under pressure, PTWs etc. As a final assignment a presentation will be given to the management.

Basic Knowledge Oil & Gas Industry

This training module is meant for all future operators in your organisation who do not have sufficient basic knowledge of the Oil & Gas industry and its related processes. Basic knowledge of subjects with respect to platform/field location organisation, functionality of oil and gas related processes & systems and risk management will be addressed.

This specific training is needed to allow future operators who do not yet have the basic oil & gas knowledge. It allows them to enter the VQ-POH3 process so as to become an operator. Most of this 3 week training will be theoretical (classical), with an option of field visits and practical exercises. All participants receive a reference book. This training will be concluded with an exam.

VQ-POH3 Process

VQ-POH3 is a quality-based competence trajectory certified by OPITO. Successful completion of the VQ-POH3 process results in the internationally recognised POH3 (Processing Operations Hydrocarbons 3) certificate. The POH3 indicates generic and technical competence for a number of predetermined processes in which working with hydrocarbons is an important subject. The duration of the VQ-POH3 process differs per person, but will take up to a maximum of two years.

The generic competence to be proven relates to the monitoring and maintaining of health, environment and safety systems, the control of emergencies and critical situations and creating, maintaining and enhancing productive working relationships.

The technical competence to be proven is related to preparation, startup, operation, monitoring and shutdown of the integrated process systems and the isolation and reinstatement of process plant and equipment.

The VQ-POH3 process is not a customary education; no classical sessions are organised. Future operators will gain experience and knowledge in the field, guided and supported on an everyday basis by a mentor inside the organisation. The future operators’ generic and technical competence will be assessed on the basis of the practical and theoretical evidence and experience gained in the predetermined processes. The formal assessments are directed and executed by certified external assessors.

Selection and training VQ-POH3 internal mentors

The role of the internal mentor is crucial in ensuring that the candidates get the guidance needed during their VQ-POH3 process. The role internal mentor is supporting the VQ-POH3 candidate in relation to theoretical, mental as well as organisational aspects. Selecting the most suitable candidates for this role within your organisation and giving them all the right knowledge and information to support the VQ-POH3 candidate is important. Therefore we offer our help in selecting the right people and provide them with a 1,5 day training in which they get all the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm needed to fulfill this role.

After this training they will be able to support their dedicated VQ-POH3 candidate(s) in such a manner, that the VQ-POH3 candidates will be able to complete their VQ-POH3 process in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Leadership & Communication Skills

Making the move into a supervisor’s position can be demanding. Not only does this person need technical skills, a (senior) operator also needs to be able to supervise a team of own and/or contractor personnel. This may require new skills that enable the supervisor to get optimum results through his team members. Once a person’s ability to become a competent supervisor and his readiness for this new role has been recognised by the organisation, this intensive training provides guidance on how to build and develop personal leadership skills needed when moving into a supervisory role.

The Leadership & Communication Skills consists of different modules and supporting coaching and is concluded by an assessment. The complete training will take place over a period of 9 to 12 months.

The training consists of the following modules:

  • 2 x 3 days Personal Effectively;
  • 1 x 3 days Functional Leadership;
  • Individual coaching as and when required in between the different modules;
  • 1 x 2 days Assessment.