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Regulatory changes – are you affected?

We have been delivering training for more than 35 years and our team are recognised within the industry for their knowledge and experience. It is our business to watch and listen to the wider industry and ensure that the training we deliver reflects this ever changing industry.

To help you ensure you stay compliant, below are some of the upcoming industry and regulatory changes that you need to be aware of.

2017 - New One Day Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Further training – now booking!


Our new OPITO-approved Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Further Training course is now available to book. Scheduled from 1st November 2017 at our Marine Training Centre in Aberdeen, the new course is now just one day (reduced by half a day), helping to deliver cost efficiencies for employers and delegates.

The new course duration applies to both the Freefall and Twinfall Lifeboat Further Training course and was implemented as part of a review of the OPITO Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain training standard. The review was completed by an industry work group that included offshore operators, drilling contractors, HSE, OPITO and training providers, including Petrofac.  During the review, it was found that by making minor changes to course delivery, the programme could be reduced to eight hours contact time – achievable in a day. We successfully piloted the course earlier this year. The course retains the same learning outcomes and practical assessment of offshore lifeboat coxswain, but an initial written assessment has been removed, now covered during the practical exercises.

Course validity for the Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Further Training remains at two years, with the Offshore Lifeboat Coxswain Initial Training course duration remaining at four days.

For more information, or to book, please contact:

2017 - OSR

In response to changing training standards, we have redesigned our Offshore Safety Representative Initial Training, to accommodate changing legislation and to reduce the duration from four-and-half days to just four. The new course will be running every week from Monday, 5th June. Find out more

2017 - STCW

The MCA has implemented changes to the standards for some STCW (Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) training elements.

From January 2017, anyone working commercially aboard a vessel must provide certificates showing completion of MCA-approved STCW training or updating training within the last five years.

The new regulations affect the following STCW courses:

Personal Survival Techniques (PST)

Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FP&FF) 

Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats other than fast rescue boats (PSC&RB) 

Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats (PFRB) 

Advanced Fire Fighting (AFF) 

No matter what your maritime role, make sure you are compliant with Petrofac Training. We have over 35 years’ experience in survival, fire, marine, health and safety and emergency response training and are MCA accredited. We can provide bespoke training packages to businesses as well as individually-tailored sessions for the public.

We can help you achieve updated certification in under two days* and offer a flexible course schedule running throughout 2016.

Find out more about STCW updating training

*The full STCW training may require up to four days. The two day course relates to completion of Firefighting and Fire Prevention and Personal Survival Techniques only. Training required is role dependent. Call Customer Case for your bespoke requirements.

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