Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader (HERTL)

The Offshore Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) is responsible for the day-to-day management of the helideck, associated helideck operations and supervision of the Helideck Assistants (HDAs). The HLO is responsible for leading the initial response to a helicopter emergency on an offshore fixed, mobile or floating installation and supervising the HDA Helideck Emergency Response Team Members (HERTM) in their role as Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader (HERTL). This training course is designed to give the initial knowledge, understanding and skills required to perform the role of HLO Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader with high level of safety and efficiency.

Courses Duration Participants Language
4 days 12 prs Eng / Ukr
4 days 12 prs Eng / Id
4 days 12 prs English
4 days 12 prs English
4 days 12 prs English

Target Audience

All personnel involved in the work of the helipad and in helideck emergency response team on offshore installation.

Course Prerequisites

The prerequisites for this training programme are:

  • A valid OPITO Helideck Operations Initial Training certificate
  • A valid OPITO Helideck Emergency Response Team Member Certificate or a valid Helideck Emergency Response Team Member Further Certificate
  • A valid Radio Operators Certificate of Competence (ROCC) – UKCS Operations only


Theoretical lessons and practical exercises at Helicopter simulator:

  • Helideck Emergency Response Preparedness
    • Helideck emergency response pre-planning
    • Helideck and helicopter emergency systems and controls
  • NUI HLO Emergency Response
    • NUI emergency response requirements
  • HLO: Leading and Controlling Helideck Emergency Response
    • HLO HERTL emergency response responsibilities and requirements
    • Practical exercises for HLO Emergency Response


Participants should demonstrate their knowledge of the role and responsibilities of a HLO HERTL and practice to a variety of helideck firefighting and non-firefighting emergency scenarios.

Admission Requirements

Participants must have a valid medical certificate and valid photo ID


Every two years