OPITO Updates Training and Assessment Guidelines due to COVID-19

The global spread of COVID-19 has posed many national, business and personal challenges. One of these is how to continue to deliver classroom training with the isolation restrictions imposed on many countries around the world.

OPITO, the global Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation, released new temporary guidelines in March 2020 to help implement OPITO training standards during these unprecedented times. These guidelines cover the delivery of underpinning knowledge, theory learning and practical learning outcomes.

Remote Delivery of Underpinning Knowledge Content

The delivery of all underpinning knowledge content contained in OPITO standards can be delivered remotely. The way in which training is provided is at the discretion of the training provider.

“All training providers must ensure that the course material is delivered in an engaging manner via virtual teaching platforms, e-learning and recorded videos.”

Remote Assessment of Theory Learning Outcomes

The assessment of theory learning outcomes can be conducted remotely, at the sole discretion of the training provider.

Remote Assessment of Practical Learning Outcomes

Practical learning outcomes vary in complexity throughout the OPITO standards and often require specialist training in order to be fully achieved. Therefore, assessing practical learning outcomes is not possible across all OPITO standards. The temporary delivery of OPITO standards table is outlined here.

With these temporary guidelines, Mintra Group is able to aid business continuity in the oil and gas industry through the provision of accredited OPITO online eLearning courses.

IMIST Online:
Available in 13 languages, OPITO International Minimum Industry Safety Training Standard 5312 (IMIST) was created in 2010 to provide all employees in the oil and gas industry with the necessary safety knowledge both onshore and offshore.  The classroom version of the course is delivered over two days, but the online version takes on average just 3 hours to complete.  IMIST Online can now be completed without the requirement to attend an Invigilation Centre. Candidates will receive the full OPITO approved 4-year certificate on completion of the eLearning course online.

Authorised Gas Tester (AGT):
Our OPITO Authorised Gas Tester course is around 4.5 hours and covers the 48 OPITO learning outcomes and 4 standard required elements; Authorised Gas Tester, Testing for Flammable Gas in Preparation for Hot Work, Confined Space Testing and Gas Monitoring for Hot Work Sites. Candidates have two attempts to achieve the required 80% pass mark and the certificate has a 3-year validity period. OPITO ‘Gas Monitor’ course is around 1 hour in duration and covers the 16 OPITO learning outcomes. Candidates have two attempts to achieve the required 80% pass mark and the certificate has a 3-year validity period. Both these courses can now be completed without the requirement to attend an Invigilation Centre.

Control of Work:
This course is designed to inform and train people to achieve a much higher level of understanding of roles, responsibilities and accountability within Safe Systems of Work (SSOW). It aims to ensure that all members of the global Oil and Gas workforce have a consistent and common understanding and approach to Control of Work to enable it to be consistently applied across the Industry. This course can now be completed without the requirement to attend an Invigilation Centre.

MIST Online:
There are no changes in the OPITO guidlines to the MIST Online course delivery. OPITO Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) is for workers travelling offshore in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). MIST Online is the refresher training and re-assessment for experienced offshore workers to renew their MIST certification every four years. This three-hour eLearning course includes assessment and content on five key areas: Major Accident Hazards, Workplace Hazards and Personal Safety, Risk Management, Control of Work and Helicopter Safety.

Hydrogen Sulfide Awareness (H2S):
This eLearning course is currently available in multiple languages and provides offshore and onshore personnel the knowledge required to understand the hazards and controls associated with working in an environment where they could be exposed to H2S. An OPITO approved version of the Mintra Group H2S course will be developed in April 2020 and then can be completed without the requirement to attend an Invigilation Centre.

The changes to these standards provide a unique opportunity for companies and individuals to achieve OPITO accreditations entirely online. Since the announcement last week, our technology and support teams have been working hard to make these courses available to all our customers throughout Trainingportal and our other online systems. As the online courses are significantly less in duration and cost than the classroom equivalent, this is the ideal time for workers in lockdown to upskill on their OPITO certificates.

Gareth Gilbert

Chief Operating Officer

 

 

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