Approvals FAQ's

Q: How do I apply to become an OPITO approved training centre?

A: Training providers looking to apply for approval are required to complete our simple approvals process which consists of two stages – application and desktop submission and an onsite audit. More information can be found on our achieving approval page where our information packs and application forms can also be downloaded.


Q: Does application material submitted to OPITO have to be in English?

A: All approval applications must be submitted in English to allow us to verify compliance with OPITO requirements.


Q: Do OPITO approved courses have to be delivered in English?
A: Although the initial course must be delivered in English, an OPITO approved training centre can deliver courses in whichever language is required.


Q: What format should my approvals application be submitted? Electronic or paper?

A: Applications must be submitted in paper format, referenced and indexed to the related OPITO criteria or requirement. Presentations or videos which may form part of an application may be submitted electronically via DVD, CD or USB.


Q: I have ISO9001approval – can I submit my quality manual as evidence that I meet approval criteria?

A: Unfortunately no.  ISO approval is recognised as a method of demonstrating compliance with specified quality requirements. The criteria set by ISO are not the same as our criteria which are specific to the delivery of OPITO training and assessments.


Q: What facilities do I need to deliver OPITO training and assessment?

A: The requirements for training facilities and equipment are contained in the individual training standards/assessments which can be found in our standards library.


Q: Once approved, can I deliver OPITO training anywhere?

A: This depends on the individual OPITO standard. The majority of standards are designed to be delivered in an approved training centre. It is this training centre that will be viewed for the audit and therefore approved as the OPITO approved training centre i.e OPITO approved training can only be delivered at the approved training site. However, some OPITO standards are designed to be delivered in the workplace, for example on an installation or vessel. Theory based training standards can be run out with the workplace or approved training centre in a suitable location.


Q: Can I get my own course approved by OPITO?

A: Unfortunately no. OPITO can only approve training or assessments that are conducted in line with an industry agreed training standard.


Q: Can I apply for more than one OPITO approval at the same time?

A: Yes, each approval would have to submitted as an individual application with separate application forms and would be treated individually i.e. a separate desktop audit, separate site audit, separate audit report, separate costs etc.


Q: How much does OPITO approval cost?

A: There is a set price for processing applications to deliver each standard. This price is based on the time taken to process applications and conduct desktop and site audits.  Additional costs may apply. For further information please contact the relevant OPITO office.


Q: If I successfully complete my training in Norway for example, will it be valid in the UK?

A: A number of personnel in oil and gas work cross border in the North West of Europe and therefore may complete training in one country but are employed to work in another. A mutual acceptance is in place between NOGEPA, Danish Operators, Norwegian Oil and Gas Association and Oil and Gas UK that recognises safety training given at an approved centre will be accepted in accordance with the attached matrix - ultimately developing a common standard to prepare the workforce to achieve a high level of competence in basic safety.


Q: What does the number of my OPITO certificate mean?

A: OPITO have a unique certificate numbering system, as follows:

The certificate format should be AAAABBBBDDMMYYXXXXX

AAAA = Establishment code

BBBB = OPITO registration code

DDMMYY = Course / Assessment end date

XXXXX = Certificate number (each one unique for that day)