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Established in 1991, OPITO is the global, not-for-profit, skills body for the energy industry. For over three decades the company has ensured safety is at the forefront of operations, with more than 375,000 people trained to OPITO Industry Standards every year, across 50 countries through 200 accredited training centers.

In 1991, the UK Government created a number of National Training Organizations (NTOs), each focusing on a specific sector – OPITB then become OPITO, responsible for oil and gas extraction.


The industry-owned organization works with governments, national oil companies, operators and contractors, offering a range of services and products to meet international skills needs and support workforce development.

OPITO sets industry standards in emergency response, industry training and competence. Standards are developed by oil and gas work groups, made up of industry representatives, training providers and trade associations. Training standards are reviewed by OPITO and industry partners. In partnership with industry stakeholders, OPITO identifies the needs and requirements for new and improved training and competence standards for both onshore and offshore.

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Standards & Training Programs




Apprenticeships

  • Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Program: The Oil and Gas Technical Apprentice Program (OGTAP), managed by OPITO and the ECITB, is recognized as one of the most successful apprenticeship schemes of its kind. OGTAP apprentices have the opportunity to gain recognized qualifications, combined with practical training hosted by OGTAP sponsoring companies. The program is offered in four key disciplines - Electrical Maintenance, Mechanical Maintenance, Process Operations, & Instrumentation and Control Maintenance. Apprentices attend an industry appointed college for 21 months, gaining various qualifications including:
    • Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Level 2 (Performing Engineering Operation)
    • National Certificate (multi-discipline)
    • Higher National Certificate (allocated discipline)
    • OPITO Global Standards - Oil and Gas Level 2

Petroleum Open Learning

Oil and Gas Electrical Engineering Systems Series

  • Oil and Gas Separation
  • Gas Dehydration
  • Petroleum Gas Compression
  • Natural Gas Liquids Recovery
  • Oil Pumping and Metering
  • Water Injection
  • Produced Water Treatment
  • Gas Flow
  • Process Flow and Piping and Instrument Diagrams
  • Oil Treatment (Dehydration)

Petroleum Processing Technology Series

  • Oil and Gas Separation
  • Gas Dehydration
  • Petroleum Gas Compression
  • Natural Gas Liquids Recovery
  • Oil Pumping and Metering
  • Water Injection
  • Produced Water Treatment
  • Gas Flow
  • Process Flow and Piping and Instrument Diagrams
  • Oil Treatment (Dehydration)

Subsea Technology Series

  • Subsea Equipment and Tools
  • Material Technologies, Subsea Systems and Flow Assurance
  • ROV Systems
  • Subsea Controls

Introduction to the Oil and Gas industry

  • OPITO e-Learning Introduction to the Oil and Gas Industry

OPITO Oil and Gas (Upstream) Training Standards

Basic Emergency Response

  • Basic H2S Training
  • Basic Offshore Safety Induction & Emergency Training (BOSIET) with Emergency Breathing System (EBS)
  • Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) with Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS)
  • Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (with Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System) – [OPITO STCW95/2010 Conversion]
  • Basic Onshore Emergency Response
  • Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS) Initial Deployment Training
  • Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System CA-EBS (delivered in conjunction with T-BOSIET/THUET/TFOET)
  • Emergency Breathing System
  • Escape Chute Training - Initial Training
  • Further Offshore Emergency Training (FOET) with Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS)
  • Further Offshore Emergency Training (with Emergency Breathing System)
  • Further Onshore Emergency Response
  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) with Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS)
  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (with Emergency Breathing System)
  • HUET Diver Training Program
  • Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) Further Training 
  • Offshore Oil & Gas Industry Minimum Industry Safety Training Standard (MIST)
  • Oil & Gas Industry International Minimum Industry Safety Training (IMIST)
  • Safe Driving at Work Training and Competence Assessment

Specialist Emergency Response

Management of Emergency Response

  • Control Room Operator Emergency Response 
  • Major Emergency Management - Initial Response Training
  • OIM Controlling Emergencies
  • Onshore Control Room Operator Emergency Response Assessment 
  • Plant Manager/ Incident Commander Initial Response Training

Helideck and Emergency Response Teams

  • Fire Warden Competence 
  • HDA HERTM Workplace Competence Assessment Standard for NUIs
  • Helicopter Refuelling Training
  • Helicopter Refuelling Workplace Competence Assessment
  • Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader (HERTL) Further Training 
  • Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader (HERTL) Training 
  • Helideck Emergency Response Team Member (HERTM) Further Training
  • Helideck Emergency Response Team Member (HERTM) Training 
  • Helideck Operations Initial Training 
  • HERTL Workplace Competence Assessment 
  • HERTM Workplace Competence Assessment Standard
  • HLO HERTL Workplace Competence Assessment Standard for NUIs
  • HLO Workplace Competence Assessment Standard
  • Lead Fire Warden Competence Standard
  • Offshore Emergency Response Team Leader [Training and Competence Assessment]
  • Offshore Emergency Response Team Member [Training and Competence Assessment]
  • Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Competence Standard - Industry guidance document
  • Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Further Training (Free Fall)
  • Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Further Training (Single Fall)
  • Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Further Training (Twin Fall)
  • Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Initial Training (Free Fall)
  • Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Initial Training (Single Fall)
  • Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Initial Training (Twin Fall)
  • Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Supplementary Fall Training (Single Fall)
  • Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Supplementary Fall Training (Twin Fall)
  • Offshore Radio Operator During Emergencies
  • Onshore Fire/Emergency Response Team Leader Training Standard - Further
  • Onshore Fire/Emergency Response Team Leader Training Standard - Initial
  • Onshore Fire/Emergency Response Team Member Training Standard - Further
  • Onshore Fire/Emergency Response Team Member Training Standard - Initial

Emergency Response & Rescue Vessels (ERRV)

  • Command and Control for ERRV Masters and Mates
  • ERRV Crew Advanced Medical Aid
  • ERRV Crew Daughter Craft Coxswain
  • ERRV Crew Fast Rescue Boatman
  • ERRV Crew Fast Rescue Craft Coxswain
  • ERRV Crew Initial Training Shipboard Operations
  • ERRV Further Crew Advanced Medical Aid
  • Ongoing Onboard Development and Training Program for ERRV Masters and Crews

OPITO Offshore Renewable Energy (Wind) Training Standards

Basic Emergency Response - Offshore Renewable Energy (Wind)

  • BOSIET for Renewable Energy (Transition) – Full Access
  • BOSIET for Renewable Energy (Transition) – Limited Access
  • BOSIET for Renewable Energy (Wind) – Full Access
  • BOSIET for Renewable Energy - Limited Access
  • BOSIET for Renewable Energy – Full Access Upgrade
  • FOET for Renewable Energy (Wind) – Full Access
  • FOET for Renewable Energy (Wind) – Limited Access

Specialist Emergency Response - Offshore Renewable Energy (Wind)

  • Emergency Coordinator for Renewable Energy (Wind)
  • HDA HERTM Workplace Competence Assessment Standard for NUIs
  • Helicopter Refuelling Training
  • Helicopter Refuelling Workplace Competence Assessment
  • HLO for NUI Operations - Initial and Further Training
  • HLO HERTL Workplace Competence Assessment Standard for NUIs

Global Qualifications - Offshore Renewable Energy

  • Introduction to Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
  • Renewable Energy Foundation

Technical Roles

  • Competence Assessor Training
  • Internal Verifier Training
  • Confined Space Awareness
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Rescue from a Confined Space
  • Safe Driving at Work Training and Competence

OPITO Maritime Training Standards

  • Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (with Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System) – [OPITO STCW95/2010 Conversion]