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Command and Control for ERRV Masters and Mates Training Standard

OPITO Standard

Product Code: 6180

Who is this Product for?

This Product is to meet the onshore training, development and assessment requirements for Command & Control for ERRV Masters and Mates. 

Second or Third Mates may also attend this programme should their employer or the vessel owner so wish.

What does this Product cover?

This Product is to equip the learner with the initial knowledge, understanding and skills required when performing in the role of ERRV Master or Mate during an offshore incident.

Entry Requirements

Attendance on this training course is open to learners who are in possession of appropriate Deck Officer qualifications in accordance with Flag State requirements and who hold a current OPITO Initial Training Shipboard Operations certificate or reassessment to an equivalent standard through the Ongoing On-board Development and Training Programme OODTP.

Note: Newly appointed Masters are exempt from having attended an OPITO Initial Training Shipboard Operations course

Medical entry requirements

Training activities contained within this Product may include physically demanding and potentially stressful elements. All personnel who participate in such activities must be capable of participating fully.

OPITO-approved Centres are therefore required, as a minimum, to ensure that prior to participating in practical exercises the learner provides written confirmation that they deem themselves capable of undertaking all aspects of the training. Centres must also make the learner aware that they must immediately inform the Centre staff if this capability changes – at any time prior to, or during the programme.

Learners must be advised that they are required to declare any current or pre-existing medical conditions which may be exacerbated by, or impair their ability to complete, the training programme. Should this be the case, the individual may be required to provide an authentic medical certificate issued since any identified medical condition was diagnosed.

The OPITO-approved Centre shall keep a record of the learner’s declaration of fitness in accordance with their document control policy(s) or procedures.

This information, along with summary details of the type of physical activities the learner will be asked to perform, will be given to learners by the OPITO-approved Centre and, if applicable, to their sponsoring company as part of the joining instructions. The responsibility for declaring any known current or pre-existing medical conditions that could have adverse effects to the individual’s state of health while undertaking the training activities lies with the learner and/or company sponsoring the learner.

Where doubt exists regarding the fitness of any learner, the OPITO-approved Centre should direct the individual to consult a medical officer familiar with the nature and extent of the training.

Note: Practical exercises must be designed and delivered solely to meet this Product, and must not place on the learner any demands other than those required to meet the Product.

Product Achievement Requirements

To achieve the Command and Control for ERRV Masters and Mates Training the learner will need to complete the 2 mandatory units.

Guided Learning Hours

35 hours 

Ratio of 35% theory to 65% practical.

What could this Product lead to?

Please also refer to OODTP Training & Competence Assessment for ERRV Roles supporting document.


3 years

Learners are continuously trained and assessed based on the OPITO approved Ongoing Onboard Development and Training Programme for Command and Control.

Please note: If the expiry date on the learners previous certificate is within 3 months prior of the course enrolment date then the date of the new certificate should correspond with the expiry date of the existing/previous certificate unless stated otherwise by the Duty Holder or Asset Owner or Operator.

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