Questions and answers
Mobile - can I take it offshore?
- Offshore: No, you may not bring mobile phones or things with antenna, tablet with 3G or similar. This equipment is locked in a safe locker at the heliport (airport for helicopters) along with your address.
- Inshore: Yes, you can bring your mobile or other similar equipment. There are however certain rules what you can take with you depending on the plant. If there are restrictions, there will be the opportunity to lock the mobile in your room.
My suitcase - What should I pack?
The employer usually will provide all work clothes and protective gear. With protective gear we mean overalls, helmet, goggles, gloves and shoes. We recommend that you bring your own protective footwear due to all the walking and standing during long shifts. In this situation it is nice to have a pair of shoes that you know will fit your foot well. Bring your own underwear, T-shirts, socks and long underwear are always good as the weather can vary greatly. Fleece and a thick sweater are also good to pack. Make your own note that all the clothes under the overalls you must bring on your own. However, you do not need to pack 14 pcs of everything as there are laundry facilities at the plants. Rain gear will be provided by the employer. Offshore has different rules regarding suitcases. If you work offshore, you should not have hard suitcases or bags with wheels on. Each bag can only weigh up to 10kg and be bag-like i.e. soft. This is because of the manual loading of the helicopter for the trip out to the rig. Washing facilities are also different offshore where there will be a laundry service where you leave your clothes and get them back clean the next day.
Prerequisites - what is required?
You do not have to have completed school, but you must be over 18 years old. In order to work in Norway it is required that you have the right competence/certificates for the industry approved by Norway. Our training gives you a so-called certificate of competence. This professional certificate helps you to get work in the industry.
I must have certificates of competence?
In order to work in Norway it is required that you have the right competence/certificates for the industry approved by Norway. Our training gives you a so-called certificate of competence. This certificate is a proof to the industry that you have the basic knowledge required. This is about liability under Norwegian law, applying to both employees and employers.
Is our course Safety Training?
No, our courses are not the safety training. Safety training is a course that gives you the access to be allowed travel to work at sea. It includes medical, fire and helicopter evacuation. It is needed for you be allowed to stay on an oil platform. It does not, however, give you a certificate of competence.
Rooms - I get my own room?
Regarding the rooms, there are some variations available. The most common is that you will be assigned a single room with toilet and shower. On certain installations/rigs there are "doubles" which means that you will be assigned a single room with a bed but in these case you share shower and toilet with a co-worker. Other options are a room where you share both room and shower/toilet, however, it is not as common anymore.
Yes, there are usually both Wi-Fi and desktop computers that you can borrow. Check with the reception at the facility you are at to get information about the rules for that particular facility. Sometimes there are even printers available. There is usually a TV in each cabin/room with a lot of channels, a wide selection of movie channels is usually available. Common rooms with large TVs and video games, etc. are available. There you can also make yourself a cup of coffee or other drinks if you feel like it.
With the cell phone in unavailable, how do I keep in touch with those back home?
Our recommendation is to use FaceTime/Skype or similar, when there is wi-fi. Then you can talk via video over the internet which is free. Mobile phones can of course be used inshore, however, it will in the long run be rather expensive. Offshore rigs usually have phones in the cabin. You can also find telephone booths close to the dining room during your time on the rig.
Certified or documented training?
The difference between these two types in terms of content is not so big, i.e. the content of the training material is similar. The difference lies in what direction that the person who takes the course would like to take. Therein lies the difference in regulations from the petroleum industry, the governmental authority that sets the requirements and laws that the oil industry must follow. The modules are located under the "Certified Trained" are named module 1.1 and module 2.3 and is more focused on "land work", crane operation, (mobile crane etc.) If you are going to do training as a crane operator, you must first have the certified (G11) course to be allowed to proceed further. The modules with "O" in the name are focused on offshore and under "documented training". The modules O-1.1 O-2.2 and O-3.2 are required to get a "rigger certificate". For us as a company, to be allowed to teach the modules, which we call the G11, it requires that a Norwegian certification body certify us. It can be likened to become "ISO certified" from a Swedish perspective, it has a lot to do with documentation, etc. from us as a company. All this means that; All those that are interested to become a crane operator, logistics and such need certificate of competence with certified training. If you choose to focus to be a mechanic, scaffolder, rope access etc. a documented competence certificate is preferred. You can, however, choose to continue as riggers, i.e. 5-day rigger practice, no matter what education you choose.