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Training frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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 course includes training in compressed air emergency breathing systems (CA-EBS) and the certificate lasts for 4 years. Before it expires, you are required to complete the FOET (with CA-EBS) (Further Offshore Emergency Training) course which validates the certificate for a further 4 years.

BOSIET is valid for working in the UKCS and it can be upgraded for working in Norway - contact our booking team for more details.



Find out more about how you can take your BOSIET (with CA-EBS) with us.

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 35 year period from the 1970’s. The name has become synonymous with quality training in the oil and gas industry.

RGIT Montrose set the standards for much of the training delivered today. In 2005 Petrofac acquired the RGIT Montrose business. Many people today still refer to the RGIT name, calling the offshore survival certificate 'the RGIT'.

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What do I need to work in Norwegian waters?

The BOSIET with CA-EBS course, plus additional training in rebreather EBS Incorporating escape systems training, is required to work in Norwegian waters. We call this the Universal Basic Survival course. Like the BOSIET with CA-EBS, this course is suitable for individuals that have not undertaken training before or have allowed their certification to expire.

What are the BOSIET and MIST courses and why do I need them?

The Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) is the best course for people new to working offshore and who have never undertaken survival training before (or for people who have allowed their original certification to expire). The BOSIET(with CA-EBS) certificate is valid for four years. Depending on where you will be working you may need the standard BOSIET (with CA-EBS), valid for working in the UKCS or our Universal Basic Survival course, which is like the BOSIET but includes rebreather EBS and escape systems training. The Universal Basic Survival course is valid for working in Norway and other European sectors.

Find out more about what BOSIET (with CA-EBS) you need and how you can complete it with us.

The MIST course (Minimum Industry Safety Training) was introduced as a two day health and safety course to standardise basic health and safety awareness training accreditation for the course and we offer it FREE when booked with the BOSIET (with CA-EBS) course.

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Can you help me secure a job in the industry?

Our training will ensure you are competent and safe and our experienced staff will give you all the help and information available. We cannot however guarantee that our training will lead to employment.

We recommend individuals contact industry-specific recruitment agencies to register their CV and enquire about vacancies. It is also beneficial to check oil and gas company websites regularly to see what careers are on offer.

Our Petrofac Group careers section is available here. We recruit for a diverse range of temporary, contract and permanent roles, both onshore and offshore.

Do I need a medical before I attend a course?

All delegates participating in survival training courses which include in shallow water CA-EBS exercises must either be in possession of an Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) offshore medical certificate (or equivalent recognised by the HSE) and a Certificate of Fitness to Undertake Shallow Water CA-EBS Training issued by an OGUK registered doctor, or possess a valid and current HSE diver medical certificate.

Delegates that have a Certificate of Fitness to Undertake Shallow Water Training that states they have been deemed unfit to train by an OGUK doctor will not be required to undertake shallow water CA-EBS exercises.

Delegates will also be asked to complete a medical questionnaire prior to course commencement and prior to participating in in-water CA-EBS exercises.

To book a medical please call our customer care team on 0845 606 2 909.

Is there help available to pay for courses?

We work hard to provide affordable quality training, so why not visit our Promotion page to see what deals we’re currently offering.

Where can I stay during my course?

Depending on the course you are undertaking, we may be able to offer you discounted rates at local B&B’s/hotels. You can download our accommodation lists here:

Accommodation Listing Montrose

Accommodation Listing Aberdeen

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?

We deliver a range of OPITO accredited courses and have worked closely with the industry body to set the standards on a number of courses, including the BOSIET (with CA-EBS). OPITO is the industry focal point for skills, training and competency development amongst workforces. OPITO works with the industry to ensure consistency is delivered across all training provision.

What’s it like working offshore?

There’s far too much to say about the opportunities and challenges of working offshore in one simple answer.

Learn more about what your new career might involve on our What you need to know page.

How do I get qualified?

Learn more about how we can help you to get qualified on our Getting qualified page. 

Why should I choose Petrofac for my training?

We have more than 35 years’ experience of delivering safety, survival, marine, fire and emergency management training to the global oil and gas industry.

Our instructors are some of the most experienced and knowledgeable in the industry. Over 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.

Learn more about Petrofac and our training approach.