OPITO has been setting standards for the oil and gas industry since 1991 to improve workforce safety and competency - over 250,000 people per year train to OPITO standards across the globe.

Alongside our oil and gas industry stakeholders, we identify the needs and requirements for new and improved training standards for both the offshore and onshore oil and gas industry. We produce world class, industry driven standards that are recognised globally and we ensure that our approved training providers deliver training in compliance with these standards. 

Standards are developed by oil and gas workgroups, made up of industry representatives, training providers and trade associations. These workgroups drive the content of a standard, the purpose, aims and objectives, assessment criteria, training programme and instructor requirements. Working with our stakeholders throughout this process ensures that our standards are current, robust and relevant to the needs of the industry. 

We oversee the approved standards and our robust approval process ensures that training is delivered to the standard set and each individual is trained to the same level globally. 

Standards are reviewed regularly in partnership with the industry as we strive to improve safety and competency throughout the oil and gas industry. 

There are currently four types of standards:

Emergency and Critical Response Standards

Developed for survival and where competence is critical in emergency response situations. These standards include a variety of training programmes used by employees working on and travelling to and from offshore installations and vessels, and for competence in managing and supervising emergency response situations.

Industry Training and Competence Standards

We assist industry on the development of training and competence for safety critical roles including offshore crane operations, rigging and lifting, painting and blasting, permit to work, gas testing and elected offshore safety representatives.

UK National Occupational Standards

A National Occupational Standard (NOS) describes what an individual needs to do, know and understand in order to carry out a specific role or function. With consultation from industry, the awarding bodies in the UK develop assessment requirements for qualifications based on NOS.

Global Technical Standards

Our Global Technical Standards support our Technical Qualifications Framework. The disciplines catered for are processing operations hydrocarbons and three maintenance disciplines: electrical, mechanical and instrument and control. We offer a range of qualifications that can be delivered in the training centre via Global Training Standards and workplace environments via Global Occupational Standards. These standards are not available online, but can be accessed by contacting the Workforce Development team at our UK office.