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Helicopter Refuelling Training Standard

OPITO Standard

Product Code: 9255

Who is this Product for?

This Product is for personnel who are to be involved in helicopter refuelling activities offshore.

What does this Product cover?

This Product aims to equip the learner with the initial knowledge, understanding and skills required to operate and maintain helicopter fuelling systems safely and effectively.

The objectives of the Helicopter Refuelling Training are that learners will be able to:

(a)Understand helicopter refuelling regulations, guidelines and documentation and relevant roles and responsibilities.

(b)Understand the properties of, and understand and perform operational requirements for transport, handling, sampling, and storage of aviation turbine fuel.

(c)Understand helicopter fuelling system design and maintenance.

(d)Perform operational requirements for helicopter fuelling system setup and operation

(e)Understand and perform pre and post helicopter refuelling operations

(f)Understand and perform helicopter refuelling operations

Entry Requirements

The prerequisites for the Helicopter Refuelling Training are one of the following:

a) An OPITO Helideck Operations Initial Training (HOIT) Certificate (achieved within the past two years)

b) A valid OPITO HDA or HLO Workplace Competence Assessment Certificate

c) A valid OPITO Helideck Emergency Response Team Member Training (HERTM) or Further HERTM Certificate

d) A valid OPITO Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader (HERTL) or Further HERTL Training Certificate

e) A valid OPITO HLO for NUI Operations Training Certificate


A valid industry recognised certificate or qualification which ensures an understanding of offshore Helideck Operations.

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 complete the Helicopter Refuelling Training all five mandatory units must be achieved.

Guided Learning Hours

8 hours

What could this Product lead to?

Helicopter Refuelling Workplace Competence Assessment Standard


The Helicopter Refuelling Training certificate has a two-year validity.

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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