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What is the NEBOSH International Technical Certificate in Oil and Gas and what does it offer?

This specialist qualification focuses on operational process safety and highlights the importance of process safety management by which candidates can effectively manage process safety both in onshore and offshore environments at any location.

Who is this course for?

It’s a specialist qualification for professionals in the Oil and Gas industry who are responsible for ensuring safety as part of their day-to-day duties. Potential students who enroll are normally managers, supervisors, employee representatives and freshly appointed health and safety advisers.

What does the course cover?

The syllabus takes a risk management approach based on the best practices and international industry standards, including:

  • Hazards inherent in the extraction, storage and processing of raw materials and products
  • Hydrocarbon process safety
  • Fire protection and emergency response
  • Logistics and transport operations

What will you study? Program structure


Unit 1: The syllabus consists of one unit:


Element 1: Health, safety and environmental management in context


• Understand and explain the purpose of and procedures for investigating incidents and how the information learned can be used to improve health and safety in the oil and gas industries.


• Understand and explain the hazards inherent in oil and gas arising from the extraction, storage, and processing of raw materials and products.


• Outline the risk management techniques used in the oil and gas industries.


• Understand and explain the purpose and content of safety cases and safety reports in the oil and gas industries.


Element 2: Hydrocarbon process safety 1


• Understand and explain the principles of assessing and managing contractors, including the roles of the parties involved.

• Outline the tools, standards, measurement, competency requirements and controls applicable to Process Safety Management (PSM) in the oil and gas industries.

• Understand and explain the role and purpose of a permit-to-work system.

• Understand and explain the key principles of safe shift handover.

• Understand and explain the importance of safe plant operation and maintenance of hydrocarbon containing equipment and processes.

• Outline the hazards, risks and controls to ensure safe start up and shut down of hydrocarbon containing equipment and processes.

Element 3: Hydrocarbon process safety 2


• Outline types of failure modes that may lead to loss of containment from hydrocarbons


• Outline types of failures that may lead to loss of containment from hydrocarbons


• Outline the controls available to maintain safety critical equipment


• Outline the hazards, risks and controls available for safe containment of hydrocarbons offshore and onshore


• Outline the fire hazards, risks and controls relating to hydrocarbons


• Outline the hazards, risks and controls available for operating boilers and furnaces

Element 4: Fire protection and emergency response


• Outline appropriate control measures to minimize the effects of fire and explosion in the oil and gas industries


• Outline the principles, procedures and resources for effective emergency response.

Element 5: Logistics and transport operations



• Identify the main hazards of and suitable controls for marine transport in the oil and gas industries


• Identify the main hazards of and suitable controls for land transport in the oil and gas industries

Syllabus outlined in detailed format below:

Candidates are assessed by a written examination.

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