OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Leader (OERTL)

Every offshore emergency response team on an offshore oil and gas platform or drilling rig will have a team leader to coordinate the response to an emergency situation.

OPITO have established specialist emergency response standards to ensure offshore emergency response team leaders can direct a team safely and effectively.

Course Overview

OPITO Offshore Emergency Response Team Leader (OERTL) training equips the leaders of offshore emergency response teams with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to perform their role effectively.

The training programme meets the training and assessment requirements for a team leader in the oil and gas industry.

OPITO OERTL training involves real smoke and fire in simulated environments and emergency situations.

Course Outcomes

Outcome 1: The role of the OERTL

Outcome 2: The emergency response arrangements

Outcome 3: How to lead the response to an incident

Outcome 4: Leading the OERT in a clear and confident manner in response to critical incidents


Delegates completing an OPITO OERTL training course must hold:

  • A valid and in-date OPITO OERTM certificate OR OPITO OERTM Further certificate

PLEASE NOTE: This course is delivered by Vital Fire Solutions at County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre, Bowburn, Co, Durham DH6 5AD


Delegates must have previously attended Basic offshore Safety Induction & Emergency Training or Further Offshore Emergency Training, or a suitable alternative programme to attend the initial training. This course involves a significant amount of practical training delivered with real smoke & fire within simulated environments and emergency situations. Consequently delegates should be medically fit and have a good standard of physical fitness.