Information about Training Certificates, Expiry, and Recertification
Once it is safe to resume training operations, per the below industry directives, and per SSTL’s purview, SSTL will acknowledge and accept, for the purposes of refresher training, out of date certificates (within reason). If it appears reasonable that a training certificate could not have been recertified due to COVID-19 related complications, SSTL will accept (subject to external regulatory authority) out of date training certificates toward re-certification training.
1. Atlantic Canada Offshore Oil and Gas training certification/extension information here (provided by Atlantic Canada Training and Qualifications Committee) :
a. “During this time, we also want to remove any undue burden on the offshore workforce to complete training while following any applicable national, regional, and local government health alerts and guidance. With the approval of the offshore Boards, trainees who require refresher training which cannot be delivered due to COVID-19 precautions will be granted an extension to allow that individual to complete the training when it is safe to do so. The exemption process as outlined in the Standard Practice is recognized as a suitable extension process for employers. Given regular rotational schedules and the incubation period of the virus, trainees will have a period of 90 days from the time the training expires to obtain the required training.
Through this process, personnel are permitted to travel offshore with certificates that expired during this extension period (e.g. BST-R), where recertification was not possible due to COVID-19 precautions. Training Providers can also accept certificates that expired during this extension period (e.g. BST-R) to allow the refresher training rather than full course, where recertification was not possible due to COVID-19 precautions.”
2. Transport Canada training certification/extension information here [SSB 03-2020 – Extending the Validity of Canadian Marine Personnel Certificate (003) and SSB 03-2020- Prolongation de la validité des certificats du personnel ma.._ (002)]
3. OPITO training certification/extension information at https://www.opito.com/covid19-july
4. Energy Safety Canada certification/extension information here: https://www.energysafetycanada.com/Resources/COVID-19-Response