Blog: What’s the difference between BOSIET and FOET?

For those working in the oil and gas industry, these two terms can often be perplexing. If you’re new to the industry you’ve probably never come across them before and they’re even baffling for experienced offshore workers who are more familiar with the term RGIT. You’ve probably been told BOSIET and FOET are the same thing which is true to an extent but there are some key differences you should be aware of. This article will explain the difference between BOSIET and FOET to help ensure you book the correct course.

What is RGIT?

RGIT refers to The Robert Gordon Institute of Technology which pioneered the industry’s training standards which are still used today. The name has since become synonymous with the offshore survival certificate that individuals working offshore in the UK are required to obtain. The certificate is now known as BOSIET, named after the actual training course, but some offshore workers still refer to it as RGIT.

What is BOSIET?

BOSIET (Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training) is the offshore survival certificate that offshore workers are required to obtain before setting foot on a helicopter and entering an offshore environment such as a rig or installation. There are two types of BOSIET certificates that can be obtained for different regions:

BOSIET with CA-EBS – UK only
BOSIET with CA-EBS and EBS – UK and international

Both courses are three days long and cover four main areas:

• Safety Induction
• Firefighting and Self Rescue
• Sea Survival with First Aid
• Helicopter Underwater Escape Training

If you need to complete the BOSIET course you can book online or call 0141 427 9411.

What is FOET?

FOET (Further Offshore Emergency Training) is also known as the BOSIET refresher.  Your BOSIET certificate is only valid for four years and before it expires you will have to complete the appropriate FOET course which validates the certificate for another four years.

Like BOSIET there are two types of FOET certificates that can be obtained for different regions –

FOET with CA-EBS – UK only
CTS Offshore Refresher Package (Combined FOET & Escape Chute Training) – UK and international

FOET is only a one day long course compared to three days for BOSIET and, of course, it costs less.  Please note that if you don’t hold a valid BOSIET certificate you won’t be eligible for the FOET course and you will have to do the three day BOSIET course again.

If you need to complete the FOET course you can book online or call 0141 427 9411.

What is HUET?

HUET (Helicopter Underwater Escape Training) is a core element of BOSIET and FOET training.  We offer it as a standalone course but it is already included in the practical side of your training so there is no need to book it separately.

The HUET course is designed for individuals that may not require a full BOSIET or FOET. Typically, this course will be required if you are working on a vessel and do not require a full BOSIET or FOET per your company’s specific training needs. We would always ask the individual to seek advice from their employing company as to what course they actually require. The BOSIET does include the entire HUET module, so if you hold a valid BOSIET or FOET then you may not require the HUET as a separate training certificate.

What is OPITO?

OPITO is the global, not-for-profit, skills body for the energy industry.  All training centres who wish to provide offshore safety training such as BOSIET, FOET and HUET, and many other courses, must achieve accreditation from OPITO.  In February 2017, Clyde Training Solutions was proud to become the 200th OPITO accredited centre worldwide.

Hopefully, after reading this article you will have a clearer idea of what all these terms mean.  BOSIET and RGIT are basically the same thing, FOET is the refresher course and HUET is a core element of BOSIET and FOET training.  If you would like any further information please get in touch.