Frequently Asked Questions - Survival
What training do I need to work offshore?
To work offshore, you must have a valid survival and you must possess a valid medical. There are a number of different types of survivals and medicals available, and your selection will depend on the sector you will be working in and also the type of work you will be undertaking.
What is BOSIET and do I need it?
BOSIET is Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training, and is often known as the Offshore Survival qualification, or formerly as RGIT. This qualification is the traditionally recognised survival if you wish to work offshore in the North Sea. It is also recognised by other sectors, but not all. This course is valid for 4 years and is refreshed by undertaking the FOET (Further Offshore Emergency Training).
What is MIST and do I need it?
MIST is Minimum Industry Safety Training, and the course was developed to standardise basic health and safety awareness training for everyone prior to working offshore. If you are a new start to the industry, this course is increasingly becoming a requirement, but similar to the survival, its completion will depend on the sector you will be working in and also the type of work you will be undertaking.
How can I identify which is the right survival course for me?
Within the industry, a Mutual Recognition Matrix exists which identifies and harmonises a number of the offshore safety training standards in the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and Denmark. It is designed to help you identify what type of survival you require for working in each of those regions and also what is required to allow free movement of workers in the offshore industry and reduce the duplication of training. This information is readily available online. Alternatively, training providers will be able to guide you as to the right course for you to undertake.
Is it possible to fail the offshore survival course?
Yes, although very rarely do delegates not meet the requirements to receive their certification at the end of a course. All courses include an assessment process related to the course input, and you will be required to demonstrate your understanding of what you have learned. However, failure rates are extremely low. On successful completion, an accredited certificate of completion will be issued in conjunction with the training provider and the awarding body (OPITO, OLF, etc.)
What will I receive after completing a course?
This will vary per training provider and course. Full details of certificates and qualifications are outlined in the information section of each course.