OPITO Helideck Assistant Initial (HDA Initial 7019) Qatar International Safety Centre

Course details

This training programme is targeted at currently-appointed or candidate Offshore Helideck Assistants (HDAs) that require OPITO-certified emergency response training in helideck and helicopter emergencies as part of their overall competence requirement.

There are no Prerequisites for OPITO HDA-HERTM Training, however please refer to the Health & Fitness for

medical requirements.

Course Learning Outcomes

The delegate’s learning outcomes are set out below:

To successfully complete this programme, delegates must be able to:

  • Define the key role and key responsibilities of the HDA HERTM.
  • State the main elements of helideck emergency response plan.
  • Identify types of potential offshore helideck emergencies.
  • State the general firefighting safety goals and objectives.
  • Explain the purpose of typical helideck emergency systems and controls.
  • Explain the main differences between helideck emergency response on a main fixed or floating installation and a normally unattended installation (NUI).
  • Communicate effectively with HLO and team members.
  • Respond appropriately to HLO direction in emergencies.
  • Under direction from the HLO: approach the incident area in a controlled manner – continually assessing how the changes in the emergency could impact on the safety of other HERT members.
  • Conduct BA operations in accordance with HLO directions and safe practices.
  • Conduct firefighting operations effectively using fixed and mobile equipment.
  • Update HLO on progress against the plan at appropriate times.
  • Under direction from the HLO: respond to non-fire helideck emergencies.
  • Conduct effective search and rescue for missing persons and casualties during the emergency.
  • Use correct casualty handling techniques
  • Work with ER back-up team when required to do so.
  • Report to HLO any human factors that may affect inpidual or team performance during the emergency (Team Learning Objective).


Each delegate who is successful on OPITO HDA-HERTM training will receive an OPITO HDA-HERTM Certificate and be registered on the central register which is operated by OPITO.

About Qatar International Safety Centre

The Madina Group companies (consisting of Madina Group WLL, QISC, QIS and Severn Glocon Qatar) include ftheir of the many companies jointly owned by the Al Darwish Group (51%) and Interserve Plc (49%). Other Qatar-based companies owned by Al Darwish United Company WLL and Interserve Plc, include Gulf Contractiing Company WLL (GCC), Interspace, SpaceMaker, and How United Services.
Al Darwish United Company WLL is a leading business group in the State of Qatar. They own and/or sponsor a number of construction related companies with diverse roles throughout Qatar. These include Mechanical, Civil construction, Electrical, Reinforcement, Formwork, Material supply, Fire, Real Estate, etc.
Interserve Plc is one of the world's foremost support services and construction companies, operating in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. they offer advice, design, construction, equipment and facilities management services for society's infrastructure. Interserve is based in the UK. It has revenue of £1.9 billion and a workforce of 50,000 people worldwide.
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