19th October 2020
During the pandemic, OPITO's Certificate Extension Process has supported industry and the workforce during these challenging times, and, as of 19 October, more than 37,000 certificates have been extended under the Policy.
OPITO’s view is that it is vital that 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.
As a result of the above, OPITO has taken the decision to draw the scheme to a close at this point.
If a delegate has been impacted by COVID-19, and their certification expires within 14 days before the expiry date, they can continue to request an extension by completing the appropriate form on the website (there are separate processes for employers and delegates (self-sponsors))
There continues to be no charge for this service.
Please note the following changes:
To enable a period of transition, measures have been introduced to support delegates and employing companies:
Delegates and employing companies, can find our full advice and guidance here.