July 22, 2020

Oil & Gas

As a truly international industry, global safety and training standards are required to ensure that the multinational crews work seamlessly while on board. As such a good command of English is vital to integrate into the multicultural environment found on board.

Irrespective of the position you hold on board an offshore rig or drillship, you will need to have valid certificates in a variety of offshore survival and safety courses from an accredited OPITO training provider. OPITO is the global, not-for-profit, skills body for the energy industry that audits and accredits offshore training provid- ers around the world to ensure that they meet an international standard. The two basic mandatory courses are:

BOSIET: Basic Offshore Induction and Emergency Training is the basic training for those wishing to work globally in the offshore oil and gas industry. It introduces workers to the specific safety issues and policies on offshore platforms and equips them with the basic emergency response knowledge.

HUET: Helicopter Underwater Evacuation Training is mandated for personnel that are transported to and from offshore platforms via helicopter. Safety aspects of helicopter transport are discussed as well as the possible dangers. A practical element includes exercises in a pool inside a “simulator” that aims to prepare trainees for evacuating from a helicopter submerged in water.


There are only a few training providers in South Africa (most notably in Cape Town and Durban) that offer accredited OPITO courses. It is advisable to confirm their accreditation before undertaking their training. International operators will not accept certificates from non-accredited training providers.

There are three OPITO-accredited training providers in South Africa:

Courses: 3 courses in Durban
• BOSIET with EBS: Basic Offshore Induction and Emergency Training with Emergency Breathing System.
• FOET: Further Offshore Emergency Training.
• HUET: Helicopter Underwater Evacuation Training.

Courses: 8 courses in Cape Town
• BS1: Banksman and Slinger Training Stage 1.
• BS3: Banksman and Slinger Training Stage 3.
• BS4: Banksman and Slinger Training Stage 4.
• IMIST: International Minimum Industry Safety Training.
• MIST: Minimum Industry Safety Training.
• R3: Rigger Competence Stage 3.

Courses: 6 courses in Saldanha Bay
• H2S: Basic H2S Training.
• BOSIET with EBS: Basic Offshore Induction and Emergency Training with Emergency Breathing System.
• BOSIET (with EBS) DD: Basic Offshore Induction and Emergency Training with Emergency Breathing System, Digital Delivery.
• CA-EBS: Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (Initial Deployment Training).
• FOET: Further Offshore Emergency Training.
• HUET: Helicopter Underwater Evacuation Training.


Diving qualifications and training:

There are a number of training providers in South Africa offering commercial diving courses. Before signing up with one, you do need to make sure that they are accredited with the Department of Labour. If you intend working in the international maritime sectors, then your training also needs to be undertaken by a service provider that is accredited by the International Maritime Contractors Association (IMCA).

THE DIVING TRAINING LADDER

DIVER CLASS

COURSE DURATION

QUALIFICATION

 Diver Class 4

 4 weeks

 30 m SCUBA Commercial Diver

 Diver Class 3

 4 weeks

 30 m SSDE Commercial  Diver

 Diver Class 2

 4 weeks

 50 m Air Diver

 Saturation (Bell) Diver

 4 weeks

 100 m + Bell Diver

To achieve one’s qualification as an Air Diver Class 2 (the very minimum a diver needs to be able to eligible for employment commercially on the whole, but especially internationally), requires 12 weeks of formal training at a dive school. Each training provider has their own specific minimum entry requirements, but life sciences, physical science and mathematics are recommended subjects for school goers.

Saturation diving requires additional training and can only be undertaken having first qualified as a Class 2 Diver and gained experience. It is important to undertake this type of training at an IMCA (International Maritime Contractors Association) approved facility. IMCA has established an International Code of Practice for Offshore Diving that helps to promote safety in the sector. Entry into saturation diver courses will require some minimum experience including:


• Holding a II 50m or equivalent IMCA recognised offshore air qualification for at least 1 year.
• Having dived commercially within the last four months / 120 days.
• Having completed 100 dives totalling at least 100 hours, none shallower than 6 msw and all in open water in Surface Supplied equipment.
• Having completed 20 dives over 15 metres. 
• Have a valid Diver Medical before starting. This can be done at the dive school on first day of course.
• English Language: Be able to understand, write and be able to communicate verbally, and communicate easily with others in English.

DP Operator qualifications and training:

DP operator training and certification is internationally administered by the Nautical Institute –a recognised international professional body. Certification of DP operators is through a specified and regulated training programme. This programme is intended to apply to bridge watchkeepers already qualified by means of a certificate of competency as a deck officer (see the chapter on seafarers).


TRAINING FOR DP OFFICERS

PHASE 1

A DP basic/induction course providing an introduction to the functions and use of a dynamic positioning system, at an approved training centre or organised on board; or as a trainee DPO with on board training under the supervision of a senior DP operator.

PHASE 2

Documented practical experience in the use of DP systems on DP vessels for a minimum period of 30 days as a trainee DPO after the completion of the basic/ induction course.

PHASE 3

Attendance at DP simulator courses at an approved training centre, or on board the vessel, where the course will provide training in the use of DP systems, including simulator exercises and emergency operations.

PHASE 4

All of the four phases above are witnessed and recorded by entries in a Nautical Institute DP logbook which is held by the trainee. Personal logbooks for recording of DP work carried out are issued by the Nautical Institute and IMCA.

Following completion of the above, documented confirmation (from the Master or OIM) of a minimum of six months supervised DP watchkeeping will result in the issue of a DP certificate from an approved body.


There are currently no Nautical Institute-accredited training providers in South Africa.

Institutions offering certificates, diplomas and degrees:


Geology-related qualifications

QUALIFICATION

INSTITUTION

TYPE

Bachelor of Earth Sciences Honours in Mining and Environmental Geology

 University of Venda

 Honours Degree

 Bachelor of Earth Sciences in Mining and Environmental Geology

 University of Venda

 Honours Degree

Bachelor of Science Honours in Applied Geology

 University of the Western Cape

 Honours Degree

Bachelor of Science Honours in Engineering and Environmental Geology

 University of Pretoria

Honours Degree

Bachelor of Science Honours in Geology

 Nelson Mandela University

Honours Degree

Bachelor of Science Honours in Geology

University of Johannesburg

Honours Degree

Bachelor of Science Honours in Geology

University of Limpopo

Honours Degree

Bachelor of Science Honours in Geology

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Honours Degree

Bachelor of Science Honours in Geology

University of Pretoria

Honours Degree

Bachelor of Science Honours in Geology

University of Fort Hare

Honours Degree

Bachelor of Science Honours in Mining Geology

University of Limpopo

Honours Degree

Bachelor of Science Honours in Petroleum Geology

University of the Western Cape

Honours Degree

Bachelor of Science Honours: Applied Geology: Exploration Geochemistry

University of the Western Cape

Honours Degree

Bachelor of Science Honours: Applied Geology: Hydrogeology

University of the Western Cape

Honours Degree

Bachelor of Science Honours: Geology

University of the Western Cape

Honours Degree

Bachelor of Science in Applied Geology

University of the Western Cape

First Degree

Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Engineering Geology

University of Pretoria

First Degree

Bachelor of Science in Geology

University of Limpopo

First Degree






This information is provided as a reference only. SAIMI does not guarantee the accuracy nor the accreditation credentials of the institutions. It is still the learners responsibility to engage directly with the relevant institution to obtain the required information.

SAIMI will update this information as and when it becomes aware of any changes. Institutions and Training providers are welcome to send updates to us for inclusion on our website, subject to verification thereof.