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Plant Manager/Incident Commander Initial Response Training

OPITO Standard

Product Code: 9030

Who is this Product for?

This Product is for personnel who are either designated as being in charge of, are members of, or provide support to an incident management team in an emergency.

What does this Product cover?

This Product equips personnel with formal training in command, control, communications and stress-related factors in the management of major emergencies. In addition, this programme also provides initial emergency incident management training for personnel who are undertaking a training and competence programme to progress to the role of a Plant Manager/Incident Commander.

The objectives of the Plant Manager/Incident Commander Training are that learners will be able to:

a) Understand the key factors of preparing for, responding to, and maintaining control throughout the development or escalation of an emergency situation.
b) Learn how to manage communication, emergency-related information and put into place predetermined plans at the point when the emergency alarm has been raised, to the point when the Plant Manager/Incident Commander is assured that the emergency is over.
c) Understand how stress can impact on individuals and team performance during emergencies.

d) Have the opportunity to role-play as the Plant Manager/Incident Commander in a number of specific types of emergency scenarios is a key element of the training programme, and is backed up by constructive feedback from the course instructional team.

Entry Requirements

Medical entry requirements

Training and/or assessment 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 Centres are required, to ensure that prior to participating in practical exercises the learner undergoes 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 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 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 should direct the individual to consult a medical officer familiar with the nature and extent of the training.

Note: Practical exercises should 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 Plant Manager/Incident Commander Initial Response Training the learner will need to complete the 2 mandatory units.

Guided Learning Hours

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

Approximately 35% of the course will be classroom-based, including pre-scenario briefings and theoretical discussion , and 65% is spent on running the scenarios and debriefing.


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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