Training course FAQs
We have selected a number of Frequently Asked Questions relating to our courses and the Oil and Gas industry in general.
Why should I choose Petrofac for my training?
- We have over 30 years experience of delivering, safety, survival, fire and emergency response training to the global oil and gas industry.
- Our instructors are some of the most experienced and knowledgeable in the industry. Throughout the years, many have been involved in the development of the industry training standards which are used today.
- We understand the need for the training that we deliver and therefore focus our attention on our customers at all times, ensuring they have a safe, learning experience.
What is the offshore survival certificate and how long does it last?
The offshore survival certificate, also known as the RGIT or the BOSIET, is a certificate that all individuals working offshore in the UK are required to obtain. Many refer to the certificate as the BOSIET, named after the actual training course – Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training. The certificate lasts for 4 years. Upon expiry, you are required to complete the FOET (Further Offshore Emergency Training) course which validates the certificate for a further 4 years.
What is RGIT?
RGIT stands for Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology. RGIT Montrose is a business that developed through a series of acquisitions over a 30 year period from the 1970’s. The name has become synonymous with quality training in the oil and gas industry. For 30 years, RGIT Montrose set the standards for much of the training delivered today. In 2005 Petrofac acquired the RGIT Montrose business. So much was the business known to the industry; the majority of people today still refer to the RGIT name, many still referring to the offshore survival certificate as “the RGIT”.
Will the BOSIET certificate guarantee me a job?
No, the BOSIET will not guarantee a role in the industry. Relevant and necessary skills/knowledge/experience will be required to secure a position in the industry. It is unlikely however for individuals to secure a position in the industry prior to completing their BOSIET. The large majority of recruiters/companies will expect the BOSIET to have been completed prior to applying.
Can you help me secure a job in the industry?
We recommend individuals contact industry specific recruitment agencies to register their CV and enquire about vacancies. It is also beneficial to maintain regular checks on oil and gas company websites to see what careers are on offer. Our training will ensure you are competent and safe to perform and our experienced staff will give you all the help and information available. We cannot however guarantee that our training will lead to employment.
These sites may give you some good information about the industry and help you in your search:
What do I need to work in Norwegian waters?
The BOSIET course plus an additional 4 hours of training, incorporating first aid and escape systems training is required. We call this the Universal Basic Survival course. Like the BOSIET, this course is suitable for individuals that have not undertaken training before or have allowed their certification to expire.
What is the MIST course and why do I need it?
The Minimum Industry Standard course was introduced as a two day health and safety course to standardise basic health and safety awareness training for all individuals prior to working offshore. We were in fact the first training provider to receive OPITO accreditation for the course and we offer it FREE when booked with the BOSIET course.
Do I need a medical before I attend a course?
You are not required to complete a medical prior to attending a course, although you will be asked to complete a pre course medical questionnaire.
A medical certificate is required before you can work offshore. You can arrange to complete your offshore medical at our training centre in Aberdeen. For full details and how to book, visit - http://www.arkoh.co.uk/Offshore_Medicals.asp
Is there help available to pay for courses?
We do not offer any kind of bursary fund. There may be government related bursary schemes to assist with training however we are not able to advise on any in particular. Have a look online to see what is available.
Where can I stay during my course?
When booking your course with us, please discuss accommodation with our customer care team. Depending on the course you are undertaking, we may be able to offer you discounted rates at local B&B’s/hotels.
Where do I get lunch during my course?
Lunch is provided for all delegates during each day of a course. There is no additional charge for lunch. Our centres also have free tea/coffee making facilities for all delegates.
What is OPITO?
OPITO is the industry focal point for skills, training and competency development amongst workforces. OPITO work with the industry to ensure consistency is delivered across all training provision. We deliver a range of OPITO accredited courses.