COVID-19: February 16th, 2021 Update on Training and Medicals
Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Atlantic Canada Offshore Training and Qualifications Committee (TQC), working with regulators, has extended the validity of training certificates and offshore medical certificates.
Trainees who require refresher training, which could not be delivered due to COVID-19 precautions, will be granted an extension to March 31st, 2021. This extension is specific to Atlantic Canada training providers and is intended to allow trainees who work offshore Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), time to adequately complete training in conjunction with NL Public Health COVID-19 protocols.
As the COVID-19 situation in NL is evolving, this extension will provide clarity to training providers, operators and trainees and provides short term flexibility as the situation evolves.
Operators are required to prioritize the completion of mandatory safety and role specific training, for training requirements outlined in the Code of Practice “Atlantic Canada Offshore Petroleum Standard Practice for the Training and Qualifications of Offshore Personnel”. In addition, operators may be required, at the request of the Chief Safety Officer, to provide update(s) on the status of any training backlogs. The exemption process, as outlined in the Standard Practice for Atlantic Canada Offshore Petroleum Standard Practice for the Training and Qualifications of Offshore Personnel, is recognized as a suitable extension process for employers. 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 concerns. 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 the pandemic.
Similarly, an individual with an expired offshore medical which could not be renewed due to COVID-19 precautions, will be granted an extension to March 31st, 2021.