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OPITO Incident Commander Training Course Outline

Module 1: Incident Commander

  • What is an Incident Commander?
  • Why do Teams Need an Incident Commander?
  • Duties of an Incident Commander
  • Becoming an Incident Commander
  • Best Practices for Incident Commanders

Module 2: Emergency Planning

  • Why Have an Emergency Plan?
  • Legal Requirements for Having an Emergency Response Plan
  • Objective of the Emergency Plan
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Examples of Technological and Natural Hazards
  • Series of Events or Decisions that Should Be Considered
  • Elements of the Emergency Plan

Module 3: Emergency Response Plan

  • What is an Emergency Response Plan for an Oil and Gas Facility?
  • Effectiveness of Oil and Gas Facility’s Emergency Response Plan Against a Fire Emergency
  • Offshore Challenge
  • Forecast for Safety
  • Communication

Module 4: Incident Management Organisational Structure

  • Functional Structure
  • Command Function
  • Operations Section
  • Other Sections

Module 5: Managing an Incident Response

  • Notification and Activation
  • Establishing the IMS Organisation
  • Initial Assessment and Response
  • Initial Incident Briefing
  • Implementing the Response-Small to Medium or Simple Incidents
  • Implementing the Response-Major and Complex Incidents

Module 6: Maintaining a State of Readiness

  • Commissioning of New Oil Refinery Assets
  • Bridging the Gap Between Construction and Operations for New Refinery Assets
  • Operational Readiness
  • Operational Readiness Assessments and Reviews
  • Maintain Equipment Readiness During Modified or Idle State

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Who should attend this OPITO Incident Commander Training Course?

OPITO Incident Commander Training is crucial for ensuring the safety of personnel, assets, and the environment in the event of incidents such as fires, explosions, oil spills, and other emergencies. This course will benefit the following professionals:

  • Emergency Response Team Leaders
  • Offshore Installation Managers
  • Health and Safety Professionals
  • Offshore Workers
  • Offshore Emergency Drillers (OED)
  • Offshore Emergency Response Trainers (OERT)
  • Offshore Emergency Consultants (OEC)

Prerequisites of the OPITO Incident Commander Training Course

There are no formal prerequisites for this OPITO Incident Commander Training Course. However, prior experience in Incident Management and Emergency Response is recommended . Also, familiarity with the offshore oil and gas industry might prove to be beneficial for the delegates.


OPITO Incident Commander Training Course Overview

An Incident Commander plays a crucial role in addressing and resolving incidents effectively. They are responsible for investigating, diagnosing issues, and orchestrating incident response efforts. This training equips participants with the skills needed to excel in the role of an Incident Commander, emphasising efficient communication and resource management.

Proficiency in OPITO Incident Commander Training is essential for professionals aiming to excel in roles involving incident response, emergency planning, and safeguarding the environment and community. Individuals working in health and safety, emergency management, and those looking to enhance their leadership and incident management skills should aim to master this subject.

The Knowledge Academy's 1-day OPITO Incident Commander Training Course provides delegates with comprehensive knowledge of incident identification and resolution. They will learn about emergency planning for environmental and community safety, operational readiness, and bridging the gap between construction and operations for new refinery assets.

Course Objectives:

  • To develop delegates' knowledge of incident management principles and best practices in line with OPITO standards
  • To enhance the decision-making skills of potential Incident Commanders during high-pressure emergency scenarios
  • To instill an in-depth understanding of the roles and responsibilities of an Incident Commander within the context of safety and operational efficiency
  • To equip delegates with the skills to effectively communicate and coordinate with multiple stakeholders during an incident.
  • To train delegates in the systematic assessment and prioritisation of tasks during emergency response situations

Upon completing this course, delegates will possess the skills and knowledge to excel in incident management and contribute to the safety and environmental protection efforts in their organisations. This training empowers professionals to enhance their incident resolution and leadership skills, fostering career growth and expanded professional networks.

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What’s included in this OPITO Incident Commander Training Course?

  • World-Class Training Sessions from Experienced Instructors
  • OPITO Incident Commander Certificate
  • Digital Delegate Pack

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Why choose us

Ways to take this course

Our easy to use Virtual platform allows you to sit the course from home with a live instructor. You will follow the same schedule as the classroom course, and will be able to interact with the trainer and other delegates.

Our fully interactive online training platform is compatible across all devices and can be accessed from anywhere, at any time. All our online courses come with a standard 90 days access that can be extended upon request. Our expert trainers are constantly on hand to help you with any questions which may arise.

This is our most popular style of learning. We run courses in 1200 locations, across 200 countries in one of our hand-picked training venues, providing the all important ‘human touch’ which may be missed in other learning styles.


Highly experienced trainers

All our trainers are highly qualified, have 10+ years of real-world experience and will provide you with an engaging learning experience.


State of the art training venues

We only use the highest standard of learning facilities to make sure your experience is as comfortable and distraction-free as possible


Small class sizes

We limit our class sizes to promote better discussion and ensuring everyone has a personalized experience


Great value for money

Get more bang for your buck! If you find your chosen course cheaper elsewhere, we’ll match it!

This is the same great training as our classroom learning but carried out at your own business premises. This is the perfect option for larger scale training requirements and means less time away from the office.


Tailored learning experience

Our courses can be adapted to meet your individual project or business requirements regardless of scope.


Maximise your training budget

Cut unnecessary costs and focus your entire budget on what really matters, the training.


Team building opportunity

This gives your team a great opportunity to come together, bond, and discuss, which you may not get in a standard classroom setting.


Monitor employees progress

Keep track of your employees’ progression and performance in your own workspace.

What our customers are saying

OPITO Incident Commander Training FAQs


An incident commander is the person responsible for responding to incidents and addressing them.
There are no formal prerequisites for attending this OPITO Incident Commander Training course.
This training is designed for everyone who wants to gain knowledge about setting out an incident action plan and moving towards a resolution.
The incident commander is responsible for establishing good communication lines, keeping the team calm, making quick decisions, managing resources for arriving at a resolution, and delegating tasks to technicians.
An incident manager has different characteristics, including diplomatic behaviour, adaptable skills, clear-headedness for bringing order to a tumultuous situation, and accountability for incident response.
This course is [ ] day(s)
At the end of this training, delegates will be able to identify the problem, determine the correct level of response, and ensure that response is implemented. They will also be able to streamline incident management and make informed decisions, which will enhance their career opportunities.
In this OPITO Incident Commander Training course, you will learn about the incident commander, duties of an incident commander, emergency planning, vulnerability assessment, elements of an emergency plan, offshore challenges, functional structure, operation section, notification and activation, incident briefing, and other related concepts.
The price for OPITO Incident Commander Training certification in the United Kingdom starts from £895
The Knowledge Academy is the Leading global training provider for OPITO Incident Commander Training.
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Best price in the industry

You won't find better value in the marketplace. If you do find a lower price, we will beat it.


Many delivery methods

Flexible delivery methods are available depending on your learning style.


High quality resources

Resources are included for a comprehensive learning experience.

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