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Regulatory changes – are you affected?

We have been delivering training for more than 40 years and our teams are recognised within the industry for their knowledge and experience. It is our business to watch and listen to the wider industry and ensure that the training we deliver reflects this ever changing industry.

To help you ensure you stay compliant, below are some of the upcoming industry and regulatory changes that you need to be aware of.

Fit to train

The OPITO BOSIET, FOET and HUET courses now include in-water training with the CA-EBS. This element requires additional medical tests for delegates, captured via a ‘Fit to Train’ certificate. The medical test must be completed before taking a BOSIET, FOET or HUET course.

The certificate must be granted by an Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) registered doctor, and can be given to people who have been assessed as either fit to train or unfit to train. The difference is that those assessed as unfit to perform in-water CA-EBS training will not participate in the in water CA-EBS training session.

If you need any further guidance, please visit OPITO's website or Step Change In Safety at


2018 - Introducing the new OPITO Helideck Training Standards 


On 1st January 2018 OPITO Helideck Training Standards changed, bringing implications for offshore personnel, training and competence.

The Helideck Emergency Response Team Member (HERTM) and Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader (HERTL) Training standards have been developed by an industry work group comprising representatives from key oil and gas industry stakeholders including regulatory bodies, trade associations, Operator/duty holder organisations, drilling and contractor organisations, aviation operators, specialist assessment providers and OPITO-approved training providers.

You will find a summary of the prerequisites that were introduced in the attached.

Detailed Information on OPITO-certified helideck related standards including Workplace assessment standards can be located in the OPITO Standards Library.

Please contact us on the number above, or using our form if you need any questions relating to these changes.

2017 - New One Day Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Further training – now booking!


Our new OPITO-approved Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Further Training course is now available to book. Scheduled from 1st November 2017 at our Marine Training Centre in Aberdeen, the new course is now just one day (reduced by half a day), helping to deliver cost efficiencies for employers and delegates.

The new course duration applies to both the Freefall and Twinfall Lifeboat Further Training course and was implemented as part of a review of the OPITO Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain training standard. The review was completed by an industry work group that included offshore operators, drilling contractors, HSE, OPITO and training providers, including Petrofac.  During the review, it was found that by making minor changes to course delivery, the programme could be reduced to eight hours contact time – achievable in a day. We successfully piloted the course earlier this year. The course retains the same learning outcomes and practical assessment of offshore lifeboat coxswain, but an initial written assessment has been removed, now covered during the practical exercises.

Course validity for the Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Further Training remains at two years, with the Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Initial Training course duration remaining at four days.

For more information, or to book, please contact:

2017 - OSR

In response to changing training standards, we have redesigned our Offshore Safety Representative Initial Training, to accommodate changing legislation and to reduce the duration from four-and-half days to just four. The new course will be running every week from Monday, 5th June. Find out more

2017 - STCW

The MCA has implemented changes to the standards for some STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) training elements.

From January 2017, anyone working commercially aboard a vessel must provide certificates showing completion of MCA-approved STCW training or updating training within the last five years.

The new regulations affect the following STCW courses:

Personal Survival Techniques (PST)

Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FP&FF) 

Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than fast rescue boats (PSC&RB) 

Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats (PFRB) 

Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF) 

No matter what your maritime role, make sure you are compliant with Petrofac Training. We have over 35 years’ experience in survival, fire, marine, health and safety and emergency response training and are MCA accredited. We can provide bespoke training packages to businesses as well as individually-tailored sessions for the public.

We can help you achieve updated certification in under two days* and offer a flexible course schedule running throughout 2016.

Find out more about STCW updating training

*The full STCW training may require up to four days. The two day course relates to completion of Firefighting and Fire Prevention and Personal Survival Techniques only. Training required is role dependent. Call Customer Case for your bespoke requirements.

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