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Following the government’s guidance, from 4 April we will not be requiring delegates to undertake any testing before attending their course. However, it is strongly recommended that face coverings are worn when in enclosed spaces and where social distancing is not possible. There may also be some courses which still require additional PPE - this will be provided as appropriate.

While the requirement for testing has been relaxed, we ask that students/delegates only attend their course if they are fully well to do so - this is to ensure that fellow students/delegates and staff are protected and courses can continue to run.

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This one-day course provides refresher training for holders of an in-date, OPITO-approved BOSIET or TBOSIET, or FOET or TFOET certificate. 

The training covers the requirements for areas of offshore activity using emergency breathing systems (EBS) (see note below). Inclusive escape chute training (ECT) meets mandatory or company-specific training requirements in this safety equipment. The combined training programme is fully approved by OPITO with supporting certification (see below) and both accredited to their Vantage database upon successful completion. 

Note: the maximum interval between the successful completion of BOSIET training and subsequent completion of FOET training is four years. Continuation training may be undertaken 90 days prior to the expiry date of existing certification. OPITO has authorised a 'renewal' window prior to a current certificate expiry date for delegates in order to complete any OPITO-approved 'further' (refresher) training course without the delegate being time-penalised. 

View the dispensation rules if your BOSIET/FOET certificate has expired. 

Please note: This course is not suitable for offshore workers intending to travel in the UK or Dutch sectors where compressed air emergency breathing system (CA-EBS) training is a mandatory requirement. See our CAEBS courses for more information:

BOSIET with CAEBS and Escape Chute Training

FOET with CAEBS and Escape Chute Training

You will be eligible to receive a discounted course fee if you book a Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) course with either FOET with Escape Chute Training or FOET with CAEBS and Escape Chute Training.

Certificate extension policy

This process has supported industry and the workforce during these challenging times. To date, more than 39,000 certificates have been extended under the policy.

OPITO's view is that it is vital the skills and competence of the workforce is maintained through regular training. Additionally, centres have now reopened in the majority of regions with physical distancing measures in place in training centres operating under national, regional and local government guidelines.

Due to the changing circumstances globally, OPITO has taken the decision to uphold the phase-out strategy, but to extend the date to 1 May 2021.

Certificate extension process

In March 2020, OPITO implemented a certificate extension process to support those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This process was originally scheduled to draw to a close on 1 May 2021. However, as situations continue to evolve in certain regions, OPITO has decided to continue to offer support for submitted certificate extensions - this is assuming they continue to be submitted in line with the exceptional eligibility criteria detailed in the current policy. The process, therefore, did not cease on 1 May 2021 and advanced warning of support being withdrawn will be communicated in due course and when suitable. More information can be found here

What you'll learn

The course consists of two OPITO-approved training programmes: 

Further Offshore Emergency Training (FOET) - complements and refreshes existing emergency training, updating and reinforcing the knowledge gained on the BOSIET course regarding helicopter underwater escape training (HUET) and sea survival techniques, emergency first aid, fire fighting and self-rescue techniques using hoods. 
This programme is designed to get the further offshore safety and emergency response training requirements for personnel working in the offshore oil and gas industry. Certification is issued with a four-year validity period. 

Escape Chute Training (ECT) - introduces or refreshes both theoretical knowledge and practical exercises in the safe use of escape chutes increasingly used on offshore installations and vessels. Certification is valid for four years from the date of issue.  

Escape chute training is an additional module developed by OPITO and acceptable under the Mutual Recognition of Basic and Refresher Safety and Emergency Preparedness Training agreement between Oil & Gas UK, Norsk olhe og gass (Norway), Olie Gas Danmark (Denmark) and NOGEPA (Netherlands). 

The Mutual Recognition document has been in effect since November 2007 and was revised in September 2014 to continue harmonising offshore survival training standards within sectors of the European North Sea.  The course will satisfy the offshore survival training requirements for personnel intending to work in the European sectors not requiring compressed air emergency breathing systems (CAEBS). 

See our Further Offshore Emergency Training with CAEBS and Escape Chute Training course if you require CAEBS training (currently necessary within UK and Dutch North Sea sectors).

Please see our Covid-19 statement and guidance for those attending maritime training and certification courses and exams at Warsash Maritime School and Solent University.

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