Certificate Extension Policy - Drawing to a Close


19th October 2020

During the pandemic, OPITO's Certificate Extension 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, centres 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.

If a delegate has been impacted by COVID-19, and their certification expires within 14 days before the expiry date, they can continue to request an extension by completing the appropriate form on the website (there are separate processes for employers and delegates (self-sponsors))

There continues to be no charge for this service.

Please note the following changes:

  1. Certificates which have now expired – Will no longer be granted an extension. Delegates will be advised to undertake refresher training;
  2. Selection criteria – This has been updated to reflect clear impact by the COVID-19 pandemic either by government restrictions or because an individual is in quarantine, and
  3. Period of Grace – A two-month ‘period of grace’ to undertake refresher training will begin from the expiry date of the certificate.

To enable a period of transition, measures have been introduced to support delegates and employing companies:

  • In addition to the month’s notice of the change in policy, OPITO will allow a ‘period of grace’;
  • This ‘period of grace’ is a two-month period following a delegate’s certificate expiry date or the end of a current extension period, during which they are required to undertake refresher training in order to avoid duplication of their refresher training needs, and;
  • This ‘period of grace’ is valid from 00:01hrs on 19 October 2020 and may impact a delegate's ability to work offshore.

Delegates and employing companies, can find our full advice and guidance here.

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