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Offshore Radio Operator during Emergencies

OPITO Standard

Product Code: 7060

Who is this Product for?

This Product is for personnel who are appointed to, or to be appointed to, the role of an Offshore Radio Operator during Emergencies.

Workplace Training and Assessment

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

Offshore Radio Operator during Emergencies emergency response training that can be conducted offshore will be conducted on a regular basis during drills and exercises. 

Workplace Offshore Radio Operator during Emergencies Competence guidance for duty holders is specified in the Offshore Radio Operator during Emergencies Workplace Competence document.

What does this Product cover?

This Product aims to equip the learner with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to perform the role of the Offshore Radio Operator during Emergencies effectively.

The objectives are:

a) To make learners aware of the communication and offshore emergency response arrangements related to the role of the offshore radio operator

b) To provide theoretical and practical training in responding to an emergency and maintaining effective communications

Entry Requirements

Attendance on this training programme is open to learners who are in possession of a CAA issued Offshore Radio Operator’s Certificate of Competence or other recognised relevant statutory certificate covering the operation of aeronautical and marine radio communications equipment.

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 Offshore Radio Operator during Emergencies Standard the learner will need to complete the 1 mandatory unit.

Guided Learning Hours

8 hours


There is no expiry date for the OPITO-approved Offshore Radio Operator certificate.

Note: It is the learner’s employing company’s responsibility to determine the validity of this certificate and how to re-validate the learner’s training.

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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