Training & Competence

Oil & gas training standards are there for our safety.

Oil & gas industry training standards are developed by standard setting industry bodies, such as OPITO, ECITB and IADC, who cover a range of safety and technical skills.One of the most well known training standards in the UK oil & gas industry is the OPITO Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) – offshore workers are not permitted to work offshore without this training.


There are currently three types of OPITO standards:

Emergency and Critical Response Standards - developed for survival and where competence is critical in emergency response situations. These standards include a variety of training programmes used by employees working on and travelling to and from offshore installations and vessels, and for competence in managing and supervising emergency response situations.

Industry Training and Competence Standards - we assist industry on the development of training for well-defined and safety critical roles including offshore crane operations, rigging and lifting, painting and blasting, permit to work, gas testing and elected offshore safety representatives.

UK National Occupational Standards (NOS) - A National Occupational Standard (NOS) describes what an individual needs to do, know and understand in order to carry out a specific role or function. With consultation from industry, the awarding bodies in the UK develop assessment requirements for qualifications based on NOS.National Occupational Standards are developed by standard setting bodies across a range of disciplines and underpin national qualifications such as SVQs and NVQs.

Competence Management Systems are used to confirm the competence of employees in the workplace against agreed standards.

Many oil & gas companies adopt an in-house competence management system which works to their own goals and priorities.

Oil & Gas Skills Navigator is supported by:

Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC)
DECOM North Sea
Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB)
International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC)
Offshore Contractors Association (OCA)
Oil & Gas UK
Skills for Energy
Subsea UK