We’ve been delivering survival, health & safety, fire, marine and emergency management training to the global oil and gas industry for four decades. 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.
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.
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.
The Petroleum Industry Training Board (PITB) - the forerunner to what is now OPITO - and 13 major operators agree to develop the world’s first Offshore Fire Training Centre (OFTC) in Montrose, a world first.
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.
The BOSIET, developed through collaboration between OPITO, industry and training providers, is piloted by RGIT Survival and implemented the same year.
RGIT opens its purpose-built Survival Training Centre in Altens.
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.
Our Major Emergency Management (MEM) simulator, launched in response to the conclusion of the Cullen Report following the Piper Alpha disaster, receives OPITO accreditation.
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.
We acquire SkillsVX - competence management software designed to meet the complex workforce competency requirements of the oil and gas industry.
We acquire leading eLearning provider, Oilennium, enabling us to offer a computer-based training capability.
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.
Our Marine Training Centre in Aberdeen celebrates 2,000 launches of its industry-leading freefall lifeboat.
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.
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.
We launch our DBEIS (formally DECC) approved oil spill response course.
We celebrate 40 years of the Montrose Fire Training Centre. The centre was the first of its kind when it opened in 1978, and remains a leader in its field.