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Oil Spill Response Limited Oil Spill Response Limited

Remote UKCS Responder Refresher (OPEP 3/4)

If you are a Duty Onshore Responder responsible for dealing with a response to offshore oil spills, this course will refresh your knowledge of oil spill response requirements within the UKCS.

OPEP Refresher

Course details

This course provides you with revalidation of OPEP Level 3 and OPEP Level 4 Certifications.

Using a realistic scenario covering all aspects of a response, delegates apply their knowledge and increase their confidence in mounting a response strategy and when communicating with Government agencies. 

To allow for a positive learning experience of all delegates, our Remote OPEP Refresher course is designed to be delivered over two days, with 4.5-hour sessions each day.  

Is this course for me? 

This course provides you with revalidation of OPEP Level 3 and OPEP Level 4 certification (formerly DECC Level 3 / Level 4) by attending this comprehensive refresher of offshore response management for Onshore Emergency Responders and Advisors in accordance with UK regulations. 

This refresher course must be taken within 36 months of the original course date and you must be able to provide a valid certificate. If you miss this deadline you will need to retake the full course at the appropriate level.

What will I learn? 

This course comprises of a one-day exercise starting from the initial spill notification through to the production of an Incident Action Plan (IAP), for both offshore and shoreline response. This course ensures you gain an understanding of the role of the Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSREP) for Maritime Salvage and Intervention and the function of the Operations Control Unit (OCU) and how they interface with your Company and other agencies.  

This course will give you the knowledge and understanding in the following areas: 

  • Notifications and reporting requirements 
  • SOSREP and OCU in the UK Response Structure 
  • Causes and fates of oil 
  • Quantification of oil 
  • Modelling and tracking of oil 
  • Different response techniques 
  • Media 
  • Waste management 
  • Spill termination and demobilisation of resources 


2 x 4.5hr sessions, on consecutive days

Course programme 

Day 1 

  • UKCS Notification and Regulatory Bodies 
  • Causes and fates of marine oil spills 
  • Tabletop scenario 
  • Surveillance and quantification of oil 

Day 2 

  • Offshore response options 
  • Tabletop scenario (continued) 
  • Shoreline response and termination 
  • Forum for industry and regulatory changes

Preferred IT Platform:

The Zoom training software is preferred. However, if this is an issue then other software options can be discussed. 


Register your Interest
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