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What else do I need to work offshore?

As well as making sure you have the best training to get your new career in the subsea industry off to a flying start, what additional certificates and medicals will you need to be able to work offshore?

Offshore Survival CourseJack up Rig
The Offshore Survival Course for UK waters is officially known as Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training, or BOSIET.  It includes a range of skills which may be required when working offshore including safety, first aid and hypothermia, fire prevention and fire fighting, helicopter safety and escape and survival at sea.

The course to allow you to work in UK waters usually takes up to three days to complete and costs around £600.  The certificate is valid for 4 years with a refresher required before the expiry of the old certificate.  The refresher usually only takes about a day to complete.

Outwith the UK, other countries operate different requirements and it is worth ensuring you attend and pay for the relevant course, depending on where you are going to be working.  For example, the Norwegian sector of the North Sea requires you to complete a three and a half day course.  There is also a tropical version of BOSIET which covers the dangers of such waters.

Having the BOSIET certificate will certainly help in your job application and search, as it ticks a box for potential employers.  However, it by no means guarantees you a job offshore.  Occasionally, some companies will also pay for you to complete it before starting work with them.   You can get a list of OPITO approved providers of the BOSIET course here.  (OPITO exist to ensure a competent and safe workforce supply for industry.)

Offshore Medical
Everyone that works offshore is also required to complete a medical.  If you are a commercial diver, your Diving Medical (renewed annually) will cover this as it is much more extensive than the standard offshore medical.

For everyone else, including ROV Pilot Technicians and Assistant Life Support Technicians, the OGUK Offshore Medical is required to work in UK waters. This medical needs to be renewed after 2 years.  Requirements when working in other countries may vary.

Only physicians registered and approved by OGUK can carry out offshore medicals.  Prices vary depending on the practice, but are generally around £110.  Ask for the Norwegian Medical at the same time as many practitioners will generally include this free of charge or will just charge a nominal fee.

Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) Certificate

If you are platform based you may also require a MIST certificate; some companies ask for this regardless of where you will be based, in case plans change mid-contract.  Most training providers that provide the BOSIET training mentioned earlier can also provide the MIST training; you can get a list of OPITO approved MIST training providers here.  The MIST training costs around £300 and a refresher is required every 4 years.

To find out more about commercial diver training visit our website here or contact our Student Advisors on +44 1397 703786 or

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36 comments on “What else do I need to work offshore?

  1. i would like to know about the offshore requirements in Spain, thank you

    1. Hello Miguel,
      Thank you for contacting us.
      Can you please let me know if you already hold a commercial diving certificate from Spain? If so then can you email me a copy to then I can check to see which course you need to attend.
      If you just need to attend the Top-up course then this would give you the offshore qualification.
      If you have no qualifications then please let me know if you are interested in the Commercial Diving or ROV sector and I can email the latest info
      Look forward to hearing from you soon
      Ingrid Vickers,
      Student Advisor

  2. I would like to know about the offshore requirements in Brazil, thank you.

  3. I would like to work on a Offshore rig but have no experience, How would you go about trying to get a job? I have completed my apprenticeship as a Mechanical Fitter,

    Thank you

    1. Hi Niall,

      With your practical background as a mechanical fitter you’d be well suited to commercial diving, and possibly even ROVs. Did you have an idea if either of these careers were of interest to you? With commercial diving you tend to work inshore to start with to build up experience so you wouldn’t get onto the rigs straightaway. If you’d like to talk about your options then give our student advisors a call on 01397 703 786 or email

  4. hey, just wanted to know about offshore in Angola as a ROV pilot Tech.

    1. Hi Pedro,
      When students attend a course we provide CV sessions giving you the opportunity to update your CV, which you can then send out directlu to companies from our database, which includes details of contractors all over the world, including Angola. The ROV Manager will also email any jobs that come into him direct to all students and again this can be world wide.
      Many thanks,
      Maggie MacKinnon
      Student Advisor

  5. Hi,
    is there a difference in which Europe country I will finish Bosiet abd Mist? Is it true that certificates from UK is being higher rated for employee than from Netherlands?

    1. Hi Justin,
      As far as we are aware the certificate from the UK are no higher than those from anywhere else.
      Many thanks,
      Maggie Mackinnon
      Student Advisor

  6. Hi there, what are the offshore requirements for Southern Africa? Do you know if anyone does the BOSIET training in South Africa?


    1. Hi,
      I’ve never heard of any company delivering BOSIET training in Africa at all, but if you want to work in South Africa perhaps you would be better contacting their authorities for relevant and up to date information. You can also see approved training providers from the OPITO website here:
      Many thanks,
      Steve Grindrod
      NDT Training Manager

  7. Hi,does T-Boiset course taken in Singapore cover me for working in UK(North sea) and does a uk boiset cover me to work in Tropical waters?

    1. Hi Roy, best thing to do would be to contact one of the BOSIET training providers directly – you can find details here

  8. Hi, I’m 34 and have been working in the whisky Industry for 10 years as a process operator, I’m very interested in working offshore in the oil and gas industry. What potential prospects would there be for someone in my position? Cheers

    1. Hi Shaun,

      I’ve sent you information on both ROV pilot technician training and commercial diver training. Working with ROVs suits someone with a technical background, in areas such as electronics, electrical, hydraulics or mechanics, so it depends how technical your role has been. Alternatively commercial diving may be an option, as you just need to be practical, hands-on and hard working, as a lot of the initial subsea tools training is included in our courses. Have a read over both of the emails I’ve sent and then let me know if you have any questions, or would like to discuss anything at all.
      All the best,
      Patricia Archibald
      Student Advisor

  9. ive been working in th banking sector for too long without managing to get anywhere and have been pointed in the direction of the oil and gas industry as an option for change fo career, what roles would be open to me should i undertake the mist and bosiet training courses and how likely am i to be able to get a job given my previous working experience.

    1. Hi Craig

      We run 3 commercial air diving packages here at the Underwater Centre in Fort William (Standard Career Package 9 weeks, Construction Career Package 11 weeks & Premium Industry Package 13 weeks). All 3 courses cover the diving elements and subsea tols but the longer 11 & 13 week packages also include in-water skills such as welding and inspection. I will send you full details, dates and prices for the training.

      We do not run the MIST or Bosiet courses here at the Underwater Centre but if you go to you will find a list of schools that carry out this training. When you first qualify as a commercial diver you’re likely to work inshore to start with, so could do your MIST and BOSIET training then in preparation for going offshore.

      On completion of your commercial diving course you would be able to work inshore and offshore, although as I say, most students normally start with inshore civil diving on completion of training.

      If you need anything further please do not hesitate to contact me, my details will be on information emailed direct.

      Lorna MacPherson
      Student Advisor

  10. Hello my name is steve,Baik
    I’m korean 30 years old.
    Now I worked as cheif officer oil tanker.
    I interested offshore and wnat to know how to get certificates and a job at offshore.

    1. Hi, thank you for your message.

      We run various courses here at The Underwater Centre including Commercial Diving courses that will allow you to work inshore and offshore round the world, including welding/burning and cutting skills, and rigging and slinging, along with a CSWIP Underwater Inspection 3.1U prep course.

      We also run ROV courses (Remotely Operated Vehicles) throughout the year. Ideally you should have a technical or electronics background to get into this section of the industry.

      Many people are looking to work offshore but there are lots of opportunities and courses to get you there, you just need to choose which key area you want to concentrate on.

      I can certainly email you all the latest course information on both the Commercial diving and the ROV courses along with other shorter course like the Assistant Life Support tech course for you to read through, and then you can come back to me directly with any questions you many have.

      You can email me on or Tel 01397 707 106 (direct line).
      Many Thanks
      Ingrid Vickers
      Student Advisor

  11. Hi i am a marine engineer. Have been working in foreign going bulk carriers for six years, As third engineer for last two years. I would like to know what are my options for entering offshore industry and what courses should i do??..thanks in advance for your reply..!!

    1. Dear Mr Iyangar,

      It is hard to confirm without further details on your work history & background of qualifications / experience what would be the best training course to get you into the offshore industry.

      We run both the commercial diving and remotely operated vehicles courses which are both very different. The commercial diving is very physically demanding while the Remotely Operated Vehicles is more technically demanding.

      I will send you details on both courses, but if you would like to send through your CV if more interested in the Remotely Operated courses then we can assess which the best training option would be for you.

      Many thanks,
      Lorna MacPherson
      Student Advisor

  12. Im wanting to work off shore i have a tradesman in engineering fabrication as well as a HNC in Engineering systems and renewable energy.I specialized in welding mainly M.I.G and T.I.G welding. what safety training should i apply for and which company is the best to do the training with. Also ive been told it easier if you go through an agency which agency is the best. please can someone give me information asap as i need a job.

    1. Hello Neil,
      Thank you for your blog question.
      We do not run the offshore sea survival or offshore safety courses here at the Underwater centre in Fort William. However the closest schools that do these courses are based in Aberdeen.
      Please click the link below as this will give you all the schools in the UK incase there are any close to where you live.
      You can use the drop down for various courses on offer.

      Have you considered merging your Welding and Engineering qualifications along with Commercial diver training at all? You have a great background and you would be an ideal candidate to think about doing the HSE Diver training and then look for work inshore and offshore in this industry. If you would like to find out more on our package courses then you can email me direct on or call me on tel: 01397 703 786

      We have 3 packages on offer depending on the additional tools training and industry recognized skills you may wish to add on.

      As part of our course we also run a CV writing and Job finding session, although we cannot guarantee work placements we will certainly help to point you in the right direction to gain your first foot in the door.

      Many of our candidates will send out lots of CV’s to the companies and follow this up by calling them on a regular basis and then it is very much word of mouth after this. There are some agencies out there but a majority of our students will contact the companies themselves.

      Many Thanks
      Ingrid Vickers
      Student Advisor

  13. Hi there

    I am currently a Construction Site Manager in the UK. My original trade is joinery but I supervise jobs incorporating all trades.

    I would like to work Offshore but I have no idea what route to take and what would be suitable. I know there are Site Manager roles but I know that this would involve experience on a rig in the first place.

    Could you perhaps give me some advice on some possible options (I know the safety courses etc would have to be done).

    Thank you in advance.


    1. Hi Daniel,

      Jobs offshore vary from deck hand to commercial diving. With your background in construction you have a strong skill set to bring to commercial diving, so it might be something worth considering. Offshore pay rates for divers are around £500 per day. After qualifying you would start inshore to build experience before going offshore.
      If it is diving you are hoping to do we run courses that cover all the necessary qualifications and training, from 9 weeks through to 13 weeks, so please get in touch directly and I can send you out some more information. My email address is or you can call me on 01397 703786.

      Many thanks,
      Maggie MacKinnon
      Student Advisor

  14. Hi
    I`m just finished Latvian maritime academy and I was wondering if there is some opportunities for young guys like me to start work in offshores?!
    I haven`t done any special offshore courses yet. I still need 1 month sea experience to get Officer Of Watch certificate. I have spend total 11 months at sea on heavy lift ships. Half of the time I was mainly working on deck, but last 4 months I was almost all the time with 3rd officer. Maibe you have some suggestions?!
    Thanks and best wishes for Christmas!
    Harijs Dzerve

    1. Dear Harijs

      We run courses for the Remotely Operated Vehicles and the Commercial Diving for anyone looking to qualify to work offshore.

      If you are interested in Remotely Operated Vehicle training then we run a 3 week, 5 week or 7 week Package. If you would prefer the commercial diving then we run a 9, 11 or 13 week package.

      During both courses we give help & advice on how to complete a CV, apply for work on completion, and any jobs that are received are then passed to qualified students to help get started.

      I will send you full course information for both Remotely Operated Vehicles and Commercial Diving. If you need any further details please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

      Many thanks,
      Lorna MacPherson
      Student Advisor

  15. Hi, i am an ROV pilot. Have been working for cableships since may 2008(about 500hours piloting). I would like to know what are my options for entering offshore industry and what courses should i do??..thanks in advance for your reply..!!


    1. Dear Hermimanitra,
      Thank you for your message. IF you are already working as a ROV Pilot and have logged 500 flying hours already then you can look for offshore work if you have not already worked in this sector of the industry.
      We are now also running Work Class ROV courses too which is a new course to add to our course schedules, so you could have a look at this for the next step in the ROV industry to gain more qualifications and branch out and gain more operational experience.
      Have a look at the link below for more Work Class ROV course information too.

      If you would like further information then please feel free to contact me on or Tel: 01397 703786

      Many Thanks
      Ingrid Vickers
      Student Advisor

  16. hi, i am qualified heavy goods mechanic, with hydraulic experience, looking to get on the rigs, what position would you think im best suited for, and what offshore certs would i need? regards

    1. Hi Chris,

      I think with your hydraulic experience you could look at the Remotely Operated Vehicle training which is 3 weeks for someone with technical background. I will send you full details of the course including what is covered, date & prices.

      If you need any further details please do not hesitate to contact me directly on or call me on 01397 703786.

      Kind regards,
      Lorna MacPherson
      Student Advisor

  17. Hi, I am a time served mechanic with over 30 years experience and training in car, HGV and Tracked technology. I was considering a carrier change to ROV technician. I have previously undertaken course work in electronics, hydraulics and physics while serving in the army. Do you think this change would suit me or would you recommend another choice ?
    Regards, Jeff.

    1. Hi Jeff,
      You have a very good background and with what you have said makes you an ideal candidate to attend the ROV Course. I will email you a copy of our brochure along with the ROV timetable. If you have a CV you can email through we can then advise if it’s the 7 week ROV Premium course you need to do or the 3 week Rov Pilot Technician course.

      Many thanks,
      Maggie MacKinnon
      Student Advisor

  18. hi, i am planning to shift my career into offshore. ive been working in the petrochemical industry as process engineer for the last 6 years and found it a normal routine.
    would you kindly advice me as to requirements for me to start with? i am a licensed chemical engineer. thank you in advance.

    1. Hi,
      We run several courses to get you started in the off shore industry. We offer commercial diving courses starting from a 9 week standard package through to a 13 week Premium Package or you can go down the ROV route. I will email both packs to you and if you need any further information please get in touch with me directly on
      Many thanks,
      Maggie MacKinnon
      Student Advisor

  19. hi my name is bastian i want to work offshore i have no experince but to get experince you have to start somewhere i want to ask what are the requirments to go work on a vessel i want to be a engineer ??

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