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Offshore Emergency Response Team Member Further Training

OPITO Standard

Product Code: 4550

Who is this Product for?

This Product is for existing offshore emergency team members that are required to revalidate their OPITO OERTM certification by completing training scenarios which they are unable undertake offshore.

The purpose of this Product is to set out the basic training, further practice and assessment requirements for Offshore Emergency Response Team Members which will be conducted at an onshore training centre. The learner should recognise that this is only part of a broader training programme. There will also be company and installation-specific emergency response training, most of which will be conducted offshore on a regular basis as offshore drills and exercises.

Appointment of OERTMs

The Installation, MODU or vessel Duty Holder is responsible for ensuring that personnel appointed to Offshore Emergency Response Team Member (OERTM) role has received sufficient training and gained relevant experience to undertake the role(s) competently and safely.

The Duty Holder must ensure that, apart from the provision of onshore training:

a) Workplace training is provided and workplace competence assessment is conducted, AND
b) Additional Specialist Training - e.g. confined space or working at height (WAH) training (where required by duty holder) is provided before the OERTM is appointed to the role.

OPITO-certified OERTM Training

(1) The OERTM Initial Training – which will be conducted at an onshore training centre

(2) The OERTM Further Training – this programme involves updating and refreshing relevant knowledge and undertaking emergency response training not able to be conducted offshore

Workplace Training and Assessment

In addition to the onshore-based training, company and site-specific training and assessment will typically be conducted offshore.

OERTM emergency response training that can be conducted offshore will be conducted on a regular basis during drills and exercises. Workplace OERTM Competence guidance for duty holders is specified in the OERTM Workplace Competence document.

Note: This Product does not include practical training for accommodation fires involving ventilation fire in compartments where backdraft potential exists. Other specialist training exists in this area and should be undertaken where deemed necessary.

What does this Product cover?

This Product aims to provide OERTMs with the opportunity to practice and maintain the skills required when dealing with emergency response situations or incidents as members of an Emergency Response Team, in aspects of their role which they cannot reasonably practise offshore.

Entry Requirements

Learners must possess any one of the following:

(a) A valid OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Member certificate


(b) A valid OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Member Further Training certificate

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.

Therefore, OPITO-approved training centres are required, as a minimum, to ensure that prior to participating in practical exercises the learner is declared fit, in that they

a)Possess a valid, current offshore medical certificate or

b)Possess an operator approved medical certificate or

c)Undergo medical screening by completing an appropriate medical screening form provided by the OPITO-approved Centre

The OPITO-approved Centre shall keep a record of the learners’ declaration(s) 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 current or pre-existing medical conditions that could have adverse effects to the individual’s state of health while undertaking the training and/or assessment activities lies with the learner and/or company sponsoring the learner. Where doubt exists regarding the fitness of any learner, the OPITO-approved Centre must 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 learners any demands other than those required to meet the Product.

Product Achievement Requirements

To achieve the Offshore Emergency Response Team Member Further Training the learner will need to complete the mandatory unit.

Guided Learning Hours

12.5 hours, which is to be delivered over consecutive days. 

An approximate ratio of 10% theory to 90% practical is appropriate for this training programme.

What could this Product lead to?

Offshore Emergency Response Team Leader Initial Training


2 years

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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