History

Training the industry for more than three decades

We’ve been delivering survival, health & safety, fire, marine and emergency management training to the global oil and gas industry for more than 35 years.  Our instructors are some of the most experienced and knowledgeable in the industry. Between them they have over 150 years’ on-the-ground training experience.

Many of our team have been involved in the development of the industry training standards which are used today and are closely involved with the evolution of Petrofac Training Services from its origins as the Robert Gordon Institute of Technology (RGIT) in the 1970s.

You can see more about our heritage and how this history feeds into the quality of our training services, below.

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1972

The Robert Gordon Institute of Technology (RGIT) begins to work with oil companies and the drilling sector to develop and deliver survival training to the oil, merchant navy, fishing and aviation industries. Its purpose-built Offshore Survival Centre in Aberdeen becomes a world leader in survival techniques.

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1978

RGIT installs the first ever helicopter underwater escape training (HUET) simulator.

To ensure that survival training is as realistic as possible, the RGIT team tasks Alex Urquhart (RGIT School of Mechanical and Offshore Engineering) with designing the simulator.

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1978

The UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA) and 13 major operators agree to develop the world’s first Offshore Fire Training Centre (OFTC) in Montrose, a world first.

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1979

The Montrose Fire Training Centre opens its doors – the first of its kind in the world and a milestone for specialised offshore fire training standards. The centre is later acquired by RGIT in 2000.

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1995

The BOSIET, developed through collaboration between OPITO, industry and training providers, is piloted by RGIT Survival and implemented the same year.

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2002

RGIT opens its purpose-built Survival Training Centre in Altens.

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2004

Petrofac acquires Rubicon Response and RGIT Montrose, including all training facilities. This leads to the creation of Petrofac Training Services and expands our service offering to include competence and technical training and emergency response capability.

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2006

Our Major Emergency Management (MEM) simulator, launched in response to the conclusion of the Cullen Report following the Piper Alpha disaster, receives OPITO accreditation.

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2006

We open Aberdeen’s first Emergency Response Service Centre, providing response facilities for multiple North Sea operators in the event of an emergency situation. The centre receives a prestigious ISO accreditation for its business continuity structure.

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2011

We acquire SkillsVX - competence management software designed to meet the complex workforce competency requirements of the oil and gas industry.

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2012

We acquire leading eLearning provider, Oilennium, enabling us to offer a computer-based training capability.

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2014

We launch two training courses for onshore oil spills. Our Pipeline Emergency Response Officer (PERO) course receives accreditation from the International Spill Accreditation Association (ISAA) - a first for a UK training provider.

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2014

Our Marine Training Centre in Aberdeen celebrates 1,000 launches of its industry-leading freefall lifeboat.

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2015

Our ERSC launches its tasking coordination service to the oil and gas industry’s Search and Rescue Helicopter User Group (SARH), comprising 21 North Sea Operators.

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2016

We celebrate the 10-year anniversary of our ERSC. During that time, the centre has responded to more than 2,500 live calls for assistance. It continues to provide 24/7 support to 39 clients including oil and gas operators.

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2016

We launch our DBEIS (formally DECC) approved oil spill response course.