For who is OPITO?
If you are employed in the oil and gas industry, you are probably familiar with the term OPITO. The abbreviation OPITO stands for Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization. The goal of the organization is to achieve globally accepted guidelines for the oil and gas industry.
OPITO was established in 1977 to ensure safety in the oil and gas industry. In addition, the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization wants to help the industry with innovations and job creation. In collaboration with industry stakeholders, OPITO identifies the needs and requirements for new and improved training and competency standards for both onshore and offshore.
Because being employed in the offshore industry often comes with a lot of dangers and the work is conducted at open sea, the right medical and safety training is of vital importance. Emergency services can be miles away and therefore take much longer to get to the scene of the accident compared to when something happens on the mainland.
By providing certified training of Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization, the employees that work on an offshore installation understand how things work on the offshore installation and how to respond to emergencies. The OPITO courses are available in several forms.
OPITO basic course
Our basic course is called the Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET). This is a three-day training. Without a valid BOSIET certificate, it is not possible to work offshore in the oil and gas industry. The BOSIET with EBS certificate has a validity of 4 years. View our course offer on this page to see the various basic courses.
You can also follow the OPITO Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS) training. Furthermore it’s possible to choose a combination course, such as BOSIET with EBS and CA-EBS. The CA-EBS certificate is mandatory if you work in the North Sea area. This certificate is valid indefinitely.
It is also possible to obtain your OPITO E-BOSIET certificate through e-learning. This is the OPITO E-BOSIET (Digital Delivery BOSIET), which allows you to train for only 1 day at the training center. You learn all the theory at home through e-learning.
OPITO refresher course
Every 4 years you must renew your OPITO certificate. This is possible with the refresher course Further Offshore Emergency Training, or the FOET. This training lasts one day.
Other OPITO courses
In addition to the OPITO basic training and refresher courses, you can also attend the HUET and OPITO Banksman & Slinger course at FMTC Safety. The HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training) is intended for anyone who has to travel by helicopter to and from an offshore destination. You can take this course with and without the CA-EBS. The course will take 1 day.
The OPITO Banksman & Slinger Stage 1 & 2 is an OPITO-approved training and is intended for employees who are involved in lifting work on a drilling platform. This training lasts 3 days.