UPDATED: Monday, 25 March 2020

Maersk Training’s leadership teams are closely monitoring the situation as part of our strong commitment to ensure the safety of our employees and guests whilst working towards mitigating any possible impact to our customers’ operations.

All training possible is conducted, should cancellation or changes occur then it will communicated directly to the involved parties.

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Certificate expiry extensions – Status
We always advice to check on the specific standards own website.

IWCF – 90 days

For all IWCF Drilling Well Control certificates expiring between 17 February 2020 – 31st May 2020, IWCF will extend the expiry date of those certificates by 90 days from the date of expiry.

Candidates need to complete a short form to submit their certification extension request here.

IWCF will review this decision on 1st May 2020 for how this will be controlled going forward.

GWO – 60 days

GWO has released a policy allowing certificates to be extended. Acknowledging that the situation is extraordinary, and that most certificates which may expire during this time is due to force majeure, GWO has agreed to allow as a temporary measure until 14th April 2020 that:  

  • During this time and until further notice, participants residing in “affected countries or regions” (defined via the SOS webpage here under “key locations internal restrictions”) unable to refresh previous training within the 24 month validity period due to travel restrictions, are granted an option to take the planned refresher training rather than having to take the full training
  • The option to refresh 30 days after expiry is applicable for delegates residing in “affected countries or regions” and for refresher training to be completed during this period – only at GWO training providers in the same affected country or region of the participant’s residence


It is IADC’s strongly recommended position to our various industry stakeholders, the acceptance of a temporary exception to the current 2-year certificate cycle policy to be adopted as outlined below.

The grace period is for certificates expiring between 17 February 2020 and 31 May 2020. Any IADC WellSharp Well Control certificate that expired prior to 17 February 2020 shall not be included in this recommended exception.

For the sake of good order, it is important to note that IADC is a trade association and not a regulator or a governmental body. Therefore, IADC seeks this mutual agreement between the parties, but is unable to accept any liability or responsibility for the various companies or employees thereof.

Nautical Institute – 6 months

NI certificates due to expire between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2020 will be extended for an additional 6 months (this will show on the certificate look-ups early next week). When re-validation of current certificate is complete, the new certificate will be valid for no more than five years from the original expiry date.

OPITO – apply for extension

If your OPITO certificate is due to expire within the next 30 days as either a delegate or employing company, you can now apply for an extension via the accrediting body. Please be aware that extensions are not automatic and must be applied for via the OPITO website. They don’t apply if your expiry date has passed and can only be applied for if the expiry date is within 30 days.

Employing companies – https://www.opito.com/certificate-extension-employer

Delegate (self-sponsor) – https://www.opito.com/certificate-extension-delegate

The safety of our guests, employees and our operation is our top priority.

As a response to the global Corona virus outbreak (COVID-19), Maersk Training has taken initiatives to safeguard our operations, our employees and our guests. A special task force has been set up to constantly monitor the ongoing developments in COVID-19 spread via open sources. We base our approach on recommendations from the World Health Organization using them as the lowest common denominators.

For your information and update, below is an overview of what has been implemented so far as of today’s date in Maersk Training. Notwithstanding this, any recommendations given by local health authorities  or local government will always be followed, including local regulations on quarantine and self-quarantine.


When receiving guests (e.g. client, offshore employee, vendor or course participants) or hosting events at our office locations, Maersk Training will take measures to ensure the people attending have not been to the restricted locations within the previous two weeks.

Delivery of training

Prior to courses, we send out instructions to all delegates to reschedule their training if they have been to any of the restricted areas or if they experience fever and diarrhoea.

Courses: Participants that show symptoms while attending a course, may be asked to seek medical attention before continuing the course.

  • If the course participant is sponsored by your company, we will inform your team if the attendance has been cancelled or re-scheduled.

On-board/on-site delivery: Our instructors delivering on-site/on-board training will follow WHO guideline about quarantine and will be replaced should they have symptoms or have been in an restricted area. We will also adhere to customer’s guidelines should they be more restrictive.


Equipment: We have increased frequency of cleaning and all equipment will be sanitized after each session

General: Extra sanitation stations with disinfection gel/wipes has been setup at strategic locations for ease of access. Information about “how to protect yourself” and hand-wash instructions will be easy accessible.

Quarantine measures for Maersk Training employees

If any employee is returning or has returned within the last two weeks from the above regions they must contact their immediate manager and let them know. Onshore employees will be instructed to work from home during the first two weeks after their return from such regions. Provided that they have no flu-like symptoms and following regular dialogue with their manager, they may return to work after the two weeks.

We kindly ask you to assist us in these preventive measures and restrictions by ensuring that any of your representatives attending training in our centres have not been in or returned from any of the restricted regions for a period of 14 days prior to attending the course

We are following the situation and we will continuous evaluate the risk and follow up accordingly.

We will always do our utmost to act proactively and tailor solutions to minimise the impact of COVID-19 as far as possible on operations, our business and all people involved.

We thank you for your continued dialogue with Maersk Training in respect of this matter and should you need assistance from us, do contact your local Maersk Training representative and we will be happy to assist to the best of our abilities.