Located in the vibrant city of Cape Town, South Africa, the Offshore Africa Training Centre (OATC) proudly stands as the first South African training centre to achieve OPITO accreditation in the region. We specialise in two technical areas: Rigging and Lifting operations, offering a range of OPITO-certified courses and OPITO Offshore Survival courses including BOSIET, FOET and HUET CA-EBS.

At OATC, our team of instructors and assessors brings a wealth of industry experience to the classroom, holding recognised and OPITO assessor qualifications. This ensures that you receive the highest quality International training that you are expecting. This first-hand knowledge not only enriches your learning experience but also equips you with the skills necessary to excel in the offshore industry.

In a work sector where safety is paramount, OATC is committed to upholding internationally approved safety standards. As new drilling sites and offshore operations emerge, international approval becomes a necessity, guaranteeing that employees are trained to the highest safety standards. Our commitment to safety is your assurance of a secure and productive offshore career.

While OATC is not a placement agency and cannot guarantee employment, our OPITO-accredited certificates significantly boost your international job prospects and marketability. Employers worldwide recognise the value of OPITO certifications, making you a more competitive candidate in the global offshore job market. With most international Operators, OPITO certification is the minimum requirement to be considered for employment.



Meet Gary Concar, founder of Offshore Africa Training Centre. Gary is an industry veteran with hands-on experience dating back to 1994. His diverse career spanned tasks from FPSO replacements to riser installations, handling 500T platforms, and mooring FPSOs. These journeys along the west coast enriched his expertise through valuable experiences and lessons.

In January 2009, Gary joined Sparrows Global, a major offshore staffing firm, contributing as an OPITO level 4 Rigger and Banksman/Slinger on BP’s Greater Plutonio FPSO. His roles expanded to Heli-deck landing officer, heli-deck crew member, forklift operator, and emergency response fire team member.

In 2013, Gary’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish South Africa’s inaugural OPITO training center, realised by the close of 2014. He holds current OPITO Stage 4 Rigger and OPITO Stage 4 Banksman/Slinger qualifications, in addition to being a certified OPITO Assessor.



Louise Concar:

Business manager 

Luvuyo Ngqu:

Training instructor assistant

Anotando Madosi:


Liah Classen:

Customer service administrator

Chris Joubert

Opito Rigger Assessor 

Nathan Bowers

Support Staff and Maintenance

Kristy Mintern


Earl Vraagom


We take immense pride in our decade-long partnership with SAFER Training. While SAFER Training is headquartered in the UK, their reach extends to clients and projects across the globe.