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Dispensation during the Corona Crisis

24 April 2020

As a result of the outbreak of the Corona virus, delegates may be unable to undertake essential refresher training causing their offshore, maritime or wind certification to expire.

Please see the extension regulations and how to apply for dispensation per agency below.


OPITO have implemented a certification extension, enabling employers and self-sponsored individuals to apply for an extension. If you have been impacted by COVID-19, and your certification expires within 14 days, please click the appropriate link below (there are separate processes for Employers and Delegates (Self Sponsors)), to complete a short form to submit your extension request.

You will find all the information you need on the OPITO website .


GWO will allow all participants the option to refresh training modules 60 days after the expiry of a record, regardless of location.

When delegates with expired certificates (between the 15th of March and the 31st of December) are booked for refresher training, we (the training provider) will notify GWO of the intention to complete a participant’s refresher training within the 60-day period and complete the update to Winda after successful completion of the course.


The NOGEPA dispensation scheme is extended in light of continued restrictions due to COVID-19. Dispensation will be given until September 1st 2020 for both basic- and refresher certificates.

This means: All NOGEPA training certificates that expired on or after March 16 2020 will remain valid until September 1, 2020 as a minimum. This also applies to certificates for which an earlier dispensation expired on or after March 16.

  •   If you require a dispensation from 29 April onwards, please fill in the dispensation form as normal procedure and forward to: info@fmtcsafety.com. NOGEPA can then issue a dispensation letter until September 1st 2020 as a minimum. For dispensation requests of training that is due to expire after June 1 , the normal dispensation period of 3 months will be applied.
  • If you already received a dispensation letter issued by NOGEPA on or after 16 March 2020, the validity of that dispensation letter is automatically extended until September 1st 2020 (so no need to fill in a form again).

Please download here the dispensation form. After completing the form, you can forward it to info@fmtcsafety.com


The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) has received several indications that seafarers may experience challenges completing STCW training courses required for the renewal of certain merchant marine personnel certificates. This could be caused by community based mitigation measures such as school closures, social distancing, or travel restrictions.

As a result, the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate will grant a general extension to the validity of all Certificates of Competency and Certificates of Proficiency which are required by the Dutch Manning Act and accompanying legislation.

As of March 19th 2020, the validity of Dutch Certificates of Competency and – Proficiency which will expire before September 19th 2020, are granted an extended validity of 6 months (from date of expiry). The individual seafarer will not be required to submit an application for renewal pending the COVID-19 related restrictions.

The extended validity has been granted in order to provide sufficient time for the situation to get back to normal, and to avoid reduced capacity issues when new STCW courses are offered.

More information?

Would you like to have more information about your dispensation or do you have any further questions about our courses? Please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@fmtcsafety.com or call +31(0)85 – 130 74 61.

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Please read our latest Corona-virus (COVID 19) update (updated 24 June 2020) Certificate Extension Policy