Special requirements for offshore work
The training objectives for offshore medics and first aiders are set out in Health care and first
aid on offshore installations and pipeline works (L123). It also provides guidance on the roles
and responsibilities of offshore medics and first aiders and the types of secondary roles that
are suitable for offshore medics.
An offshore employer can check if a training organisation is approved by HSE for the
purposes of the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989:
Offshore first aid courses
Offshore employers should use the lists above to check a training provider’s approval status.
Each entry contains the organisation’s contact details as well as the expiry date of its
certificate of approval. The certificate is issued by HSE and contains the organisation’s HSE
approval number. Offshore employers may ask to see this certificate as additional
confirmation of approval.
Where a certificate previously issued to an offshore first aider or offshore medic has expired,
it is the responsibility of the individual, training provider and dutyholder to decide if they
should attend a requalification or full course. Until offshore first aiders and offshore medics
requalify, they are not considered to be competent to act in these roles. You can find more
guidance in Health care and first aid on offshore installations and pipeline works (L123).
Information for training providers
Training providers wanting to deliver offshore first aid and/or offshore medic courses should
apply to HSE for approval. Applicants should complete an application form and read the
relevant guidance to ensure they can fully meet the specified requirements:
Offshore first aid and offshore medic approval fees
Under the Health and Safety and Nuclear (Fees) Regulations 2016, HSE charges fees for
various elements of the approval process. The fees, which are reviewed annually, are as
- New offshore first aid application for approval: £1761
- Offshore first aid site visit: £599
- Renewal of offshore first aid certificate of approval: £122
- New offshore medic application for approval: £2426
- Offshore medic site visit: £1388
- Renewal of offshore medic certificate of approval: £122