Clyde Training Solutions has a host of certifications, ensuring the highest training standards.

Listed below are some of the official award bodies who have certified us:


OPITO is a global, not-for-profit, skills body for the energy industry. With over 30 years of experience, it has become a focal point for training and workforce development within the oil and gas industry. Over 250,000 people are trained to their standards every year.

In December 2016, Clyde Training Solutions became the 200th OPITO certified training centre worldwide – the first of its kind in Scotland outside Aberdeen. CTS now provides a range of courses that prepare offshore workers for the emergency scenarios that can occur in their industry.

Take a look at the full range of Offshore Safety and Survival Courses provided by CTS.

Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA)

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is the government body responsible for the safe implementation of STCW basic safety training for seafarers.

STCW stands for ‘Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping’. It came into being in 1978 as governments around the world agreed to standardise training.

STCW Basic Safety Training is a legal requirement for all seafarers who work on a commercial ship, ferry, cruise ship or superyacht.

The underlying principle of the original STCW convention was that seafarers should have a minimum of:

  • Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention
  • Personal and Social Responsibilities
  • Personal Survival Techniques
  • Elementary First Aid

There have been updates to the STCW standard, also known as STCW 95 and STCW 2010. The most recent of these updates – 2010 Manila amendments – stated that if your STCW Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention and Personal Survival Techniques certificates are more than 5 years old you must complete an update training course to be able to work onboard.

Global Wind Organisation (GWO)

The Global Wind Organisation (GWO) is a non-profit body founded by leading wind turbine manufacturers and operators. It has the specific aim of creating a safer working environment.

In response to the demand for a recognisable Basic Safety Training standard in the wind turbine industry, GWO published the first version of the BST in 2012. Following on from this is the 2017 Basic Technical Training (BTT) Standard.

In May 2018, CTS was officially certified as a GWO training centre with a wide range of GWO Basic and Refresher Training Courses available.

Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) Centre Recognition

Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) Centre Recognition launched in 2018, with Clyde Training Solutions as one of the first two centres to receive this kitemark. Backed by the UK Chamber of Shipping (UKCoS), the scheme is the UK’s first industry-specific quality mark for ‘best in class’ seafarer training centres and maritime training courses.

Kathryn Neilson, MNTB Director, commenting on the aim of the award: “We want to recognise and reward the excellent standards of training delivered to our seafarers both nationally and internationally – and what better way to do that than recognising quality course provision delivered through quality centres.”

Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas is an internationally recognised evaluation and certification body. It conducts audits across a wide range of recognised standards ensuring consistency, optimisation and efficiency.

CTS is audited regularly by Bureau Veritas for both training courses relating to the maritime industry.

CTS is also delighted to be recognised by Bureau Veritas (BV) through the award of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) 9001:2015 certification for our Quality Management System. Being awarded this highly prestigious certification demonstrates our strong commitment to quality and quality of service to all our clients.

Achilles Portal

Achilles FPAL or First Point Assessment identifies, evaluates and provides pre-qualification information about suppliers on behalf of major buyers in Oil and Gas.

CTS is a registered supplier having completed both the Supplier and Advanced Registration Questionnaire approved by FPAL, visible on the Achilles Portal detailing staff, financial Health and Safety and Environmental information.