Client representative course

This course is designed to provide offshore project supervisors and managers with the relevant skills needed to become an effective and fully competent client representative.

JFD's client representative course offers a comprehensive overview of the common issues affecting offshore construction, diving and maritime operations and includes detailed information about legislation, guidelines and best practice.

Leadership and management training is also covered, providing delegates with the skills needed to become an effective and fully competent client representative.

We have recently developed a one day refresher course for delegates looking to refresh their skills and stay up to date with the latest legislation.

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Course Start Date End date Location Min students Cost Book
Client Representative 22 Jul 2024 26 Jul 2024 Online 2 £2,295 + VAT BOOK NOW
Client Representative 07 Oct 2024 11 Oct 2024 Online 2 £2,295 + VAT BOOK NOW
Client Representative 16 Dec 2024 20 Dec 2024 Online 2 £2,295 + VAT BOOK NOW


These courses can be scheduled on demand anywhere in the world.

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Course objectives

This course is to provide delegates with a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a recognised client representative. A client representative acts as the client’s eyes and ears during the offshore phase of a project and is the client’s prime method of monitoring the site from both the point of view of safety and efficiency.

The course provides a comprehensive overview of offshore legislation and the common issues affecting offshore construction, diving and maritime operations.

This course also provides an understanding of global and regional variances. Best industry practices and guidelines are covered within sessions on IMCA (International Marine Contractors Association) and OGP (Association of Oil & Gas Producers) diving recommended practice. This course is based on the contents of OGP 431 and 411 and its syllabus is endorsed by a member of the OGP diving operations sub-committee. 

Entry requirement

It would be advantageous for delegates to have supervisory experience in their relevant offshore discipline, or have been involved in the lifecycle of a project. This is not a requirement however.


On successful completion of the course and passing the end of course exam, delegates are issued with an NHC certificate of training complete with photographic ID and individual certificate number.

Course duration

5 Days.


Topics include:

OGP 431 and 411 
  • Client representative role and responsibilities
  • Competency assessments and overview of OGP and diving safety committee
  • How OGP members should use OGP 411

Legislation and guidance

  • HSE diving at work
  • Inshore / Offshore UK / Norway
  • ADCI (consensus standards)

Local rules, regulations and best practice

  • MHSAW, PUWER, LOLER, PFER – regional differences


  • ICOP D014 auditing D023 / 24 / 18 etc

Leadership and management

  • Definition of leadership
  • Planning, organisation and teambuilding
  • Communications and conflict alignment of roles and responsibilities
  • Stress and emergency response

OGP culture and ethics

  • Pro-active engagement

Prime interfaces

  • Contracts and work-scope
  • SMS / bridging docs

Risk assessment and MOC

  • Techniques and tools
  • Company variations
  • Vessel assurance and SIMOPS
  • IMCA safety flashes


  • IMCA safety flashes
  • Client representative checklist OGP 431 (app 2)
  • Audits, certificates and closeouts
  • Deck and lift plans
  • Scheduling and DP systems


  • Understanding the system – company variations

Environmental PONS

  • Overview of chemical management

Subsea awareness

  • Overview of field layout, reservoir, seabed to surface and topside
  • How it is all connected and how it works
  • Risks on subsea equipment during subsea operations
  • Typical projects
  • Location and identification of subsea equipment
  • Isolations, procedures and drawings
  • Piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID’s)

Project reporting

  • DPR’s, registers and logs
  • Closeout meetings and lessons learnt

Accident and emergency

  • Incident investigation and reporting
  • RIDDOR and OGP RP 433
  • Emergency response procedures
  • Primacy controls (OIM, master) 

We have recently developed a Client Representative Refresher course and will be scheduling courses on a regular basis.

The course is aimed at delegates who completed their Client Representative course a number of years ago and are looking for a one day course to update and refresh their knowledge and skills.

The courses aims to cover any changes in guidance and legislation documents, procedures and processes as well as looking into recent incidents focussing on lessons learnt.

You can contact our team to discuss your suitability for this course.