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Who is This Course Suitable For?

The offshore operations course learning structure is considered suitable for new intakes into the offshore industry and management personnel who wish to form a broad knowledge of the many aspects within the offshore industry. The course also provides vast expert training and serves to broaden and fill in the knowledge gaps to give a better grounding to those professionals already in the industry (offshore marine crew including offshore company technical staff, suppliers, educators, trainers as well as equipment manufacturers).

12 – 18 months

10 in total

Diploma: Β£2,950
Certificate: Β£2,150

Recognised by:
University of Portsmouth

About the Course

The offshore operations course is designed to encompass all aspects relating to oil and gas activities. The subject matter gives a descriptive analysis of a variety of topics such as oil and gas, locating the deposits, the layout of subsea equipment, its extraction to its production and the equipment used. The course also provides training in more recent offshore activities including wind energy.

Course Structure

The course consists of 10 modules. All students are required to successfully complete and pass the module assignments. Diploma students will also be required to sit and pass a final examination.

1. Offshore Surveying
  • The formation of oil
  • Seismic operations
  • Underwater site surveys including pipeline surveys
  • Seabed survey for jack-ups
  • Fundamentals of offshore drilling
  • Environmental factors
2. Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Industry Introduction
  • Introduction
  • The history of the drilling industry
  • The scale and growth of the industry worldwide
  • Types of drilling rigs
  • The history of offshore oil production
  • Overview of the Subsea Equipment And Associated Shutdowns (ESDS)
  • Introduction to the working environment
3. Production & Drilling Safety with Roles and Responsibilities
  • Offshore drilling rig personnel
  • Offshore safety and safe working practices
  • Responsibility of the rig’s stability
  • Maintenance of offshore FSPOS and drilling rigs
  • Drilling rig – crane and subsea maintenance schedules
  • Helicopter equipment (fire prevention and refuelling) and heli-deck operations
  • Hazardous areas
  • Offshore production personnel
  • Cargo control operational overview
  • Offshore crane types and operational overview
4. Semi-Submersible/DrillShip/Jack-up Transit Operations
  • Semi-submersible/drillship moving operations
  • FPSO transit and mooring
  • Dynamic Positioning (DP) operations overview
  • Propulsion systems and controls
  • Ballast/de-ballasting operations overview
  • Watertight integrity (column and cross bracing structures and safety equipment)
5. Marine Drilling Systems and Equipment with an Operational Overview
  • Drilling structure and terminology
  • Mud and bulk process system – operations and equipment
  • Blowout preventer and associated equipment
  • The choke and kill manifold & mud gas separator description
  • BOP regulations and testing
  • Blowout kicks and well control
  • Drilling equipment
  • Wireline, well testing, cementing, workovers and coil tubing activities overview
  • Tensioner and compensators for semisubmersible/drillship
6. Semi-Submersible/Drillship/Jack-up/Offshore Drilling Operations
  • Introduction to the drilling control network systems (cyberbase)
  • Running the/deployment of the 18-3/4” BOP stack and the marine riser
  • Drilling rig safety equipment and philosophy
  • DP operations including posmoor for applicable vessels
  • Emergency power systems
  • Cantilever and drill floor skidding equipment
  • Jack-up jacking systems/leg lock systems
  • Fire protection systems (passive and active)
7. Production Vessels Marine Operations Offshore
  • Introduction to FPSO mooring and production operations
  • Pipeline systems and risers summary
  • Introduction to ballast operations on an FPSO
  • Production (cargo) operations overview
  • The topside process system and equipment
  • The FPSO turret mooring system
  • Types of mooring systems for FPSOS
  • Offshore pipelaying
  • Windfarm/oil & gas jack-up operations
8. Anchor Handling and Supply Vessel Operations
  • Anchor handling and supply vessel operations
  • The standby boats
  • Heavy lift crane barges
  • Semi-submersible floatover vessels principle of operation
  • Shuttle tankers
  • Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVS)
  • Floating Storage and Re-Gasification Unit (FSRUS) & Floating Liquid Nitrogen Gas (FLNG) Reliquefaction System
  • The Diving Support Vessel (DSV)
  • Accommodation vessels
9. Introduction to Offshore Legislation, Guidance and Governing Bodies
  • Introduction to offshore legislation and governing bodies
  • Logistic operations offshore
  • Oil spill response
10. Health and Safety for the Oil and Gas and Renewable Industries
  • Health and safety for the oil and gas industry
  • Offshore accident investigation
  • Safety case history – offshore oil and gas industry
  • Preservation and safety of the environment
Career Pathway

Career path:
From almost any walk of life to move into the offshore Industry either afloat or ashore, working for a wide range of different companies involved with the complete supply chain for the development, installation, operation and decommissioning of offshore structures.

From Β£25K – to Β£100K+ per annum depending upon position and location of work.

Any and all aspects of the management and control of the design, development, manufacture, planning and installation of offshore structures and subsequent maintenance thereof.

Meet the Course Director

Ian Bryant

My career spans 40+ years from all operating stages to Chief Engineer on a variety of vessels which include crude and product tankers to offshore assets which include drilling rigs. More recently from 2002 formed an independent offshore consultancy company carrying out a range of consultancy work including training/ competency for blue chip offshore drilling/ production company. Other aspects of work include operations manuals for offshore and shipping assets as well as Failure Mode Effect Critical Analysis (FMECAs) for well-known offshore companies.


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Online learning allows you to study in your own time, at your own pace from anywhere in the world. This saves on travel and classroom costs and allows you to fit your studies around your job and progress your career.


While the nature of distance learning is independent study, we recognise the importance of support. Students can contact us at any time during their course for assistance and our team of industry experts are always on hand for advice.


We have over 50 industry experts writing, developing and advising on our course material. We truly believe that allowing students to tap into their expertise and knowledge is of the utmost importance to fulfil your dream career.

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How long do the courses take to complete? What's the difference between a Diploma and a Certificate? Read through our Frequently Asked Questions below to find out the answer.

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