COVID-19 Information and Response from OPITO

In March 2020, OPITO implemented a certificate extension process to support those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, where their certification expired within 30 days, initially, and within 14 days, as amended 5 August in revised Policy OPITO.C19.GLB.003.1.

This process has supported industry and the workforce during these challenging times, and, as of 19 October, more than 37,000 certificates have been extended under the Policy.

OPITO’s view is that it is vital that the skills and competence of the workforce is maintained through regular training.

Additionally, training providers have now reopened in the majority of regions with physical distancing measures in place in training centres operating under national, regional and local government guidelines.

As a result of the above, OPITO has taken the decision to draw the scheme to a close at this point.

OPITO Certificate Extension Policy

As of 00.01hrs on 19 October 2020, certificate extensions will no longer be granted unless in exceptional circumstances, as outlined in the Policy below. All other delegates are required to undertake refresher training.

Please click here to view our policy (effective 19 October 2020)

Please also review our FAQs (updated 6 November 2020)

Certification Extension Request in Exceptional Circumstances

If you have been impacted by COVID-19, and your certification expires within 14 days before the expiry date, please click the appropriate link below to complete a short form to submit your extension request. There are separate processes for employers and delegates (self-sponsors).

Support for Delegates (Self-Sponsors)

Support for Employing Companies

After 00:01hrs on 19 October 2020, delegates who hold a certificate which has expired must seek training and/or assessment.

Please note, subject to acceptance of the extension request, the revised extension period for certificate expiry remains at one month (effective 1 July). There is no charge for this service.

OPITO Advice and Guidance for Training Providers on COVID-19

Please view the Technical Bulletin FAQs and our technical bulletins below:

This page was last updated 6 November @ 09.00 AM (GMT).

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