About OPITO Standards

OPITO has been setting standards for the oil and gas industry since 1991 to help improve workforce safety and competence - over 350,000 people per year train to OPITO Standards across the globe.

In partnership with industry stakeholders, OPITO identifies the needs and requirements for new and improved training and competence standards for both onshore and offshore. 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 Industry Work Groups (IWGs) comprising industry employers, subject matter experts, regulators, trade associations, OPITO approved training providers and workforce representatives. IWGs develop the content of an industry standard in its entirety including learning and assessment outcomes, training programme content, staff/facilities requirements and validity periods. Working with our stakeholders throughout this process ensures that OPITO standards are current, robust and relevant to the needs of the industry.

OPITO undertakes a quality assurance role on behalf of industry through our robust approval and monitoring processes thereby ensuring that every OPITO approved training provider delivers a consistently high level of training to delegates around the globe.

OPITO Industry Standards are available in the following categories:

  • Basic Emergency Response Roles
  • Specialist Emergency Response Roles
  • Technical Roles

Industry Standards are formally reviewed as a minimum, every four years in partnership with industry as we strive to continuously improve safety and competency throughout the industry. The OPITO Standards Review Calendar is available online.

In addition, OPITO manages a Request for Change (RFC) process to ensure that OPITO Standards remain current in between formal review periods. If you would like to discuss a potential Request for Change to an OPITO Standard please contact your regional OPITO office.

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