Certification scheme for the offshore HLO and HDA

Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) and Helideck Assistants (HDAs)

This article will help you to understand the training standarts of OPITO for the Offshore Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) and Offshore Helideck Assistants (HDAs) training courses. New standarts of training for HLO and HDA was issued 15th July 2013.

Who need this information?
All personnel may be designated as helicopter landing officer or helideck assistant on offshore installations. If you want to be involved in helideck operations you should pass special training under OPITO training standards. We will provide next information:

  • definition of Offshore Heli-operations Roles in OPITO standarts of training
  • training courses for HLO and HDA roles
  • training prerequisites for training courses

helicopter-landing-officerThe HLO role.

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)

Training courses for HLO.
1.  Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) Initial Training
Prerequisite: none
Valid: 2 years, refreshed by HLO Further training
Duration: 18 hrs

2. Helideck Emergency Response Team Member Training (HERTM)
Prerequisite: none
Valid: 2 years, refreshed by HLO Further training

Duration: 26 hrs

3. Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader Training (HERTL)
Prerequisite: valid OPITO HLO Initial Training Certificate and valid OPITO Helideck Emergency Response Team Member Certificate
Valid: 2 years, refreshed by HLO Further training

Duration: 26 hrs 

4. Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) Further Training
Prerequisite: valid OPITO HLO HERTL Training Certificate or valid OPITO HLO Further Training Certificate
Valid: 2 years, refreshed by HLO Further training

Duration: 12 hrs 30 mins

What training course do you need? For new HLO
If you are a new HLO and you will be required to be a Helideck Emergency Response Team Leader – Complete HLO Initial followed by HERTL and revalidate both through HLO Further in the future

HDAThe HDA role.

The Offshore Helideck Assistants (HDAs) typically carry out routine helideck operations such as maintenance and testing of helideck systems and equipment. HDAs also assist with passenger embarkation and disembarkation, as well as transferring freight and passenger baggage to and from the helicopter. HDAs will also perform the role of HDA Helideck Emergency Response Team Member (HERTM) when preparing for helicopter landings and form the initial respond to helicopter emergencies.

Training courses for HDA.
1.  Helideck Assistant (HDA) Initial Training
Prerequisite: none
Valid: 2 years, refreshed by HDA Further training
Duration: 18 hrs

2. Helideck Emergency Response Team Member Training (HERTM)
Prerequisite: none
Valid: 2 years, refreshed by HDA Further training

Duration: 26 hrs

3.  Helideck Assistant (HDA) Further Training
Prerequisite, choose one of two options: (A) valid OPITO HDA Helideck Emergency Response Team Member Training Certificate AND valid HDA Initial certificate; (B)  valid OPITO HDA Further Training Certificate
Valid: 2 years, refreshed by HDA Further training

Duration: 26 hrs 

What training course do you need? For new HDA

  • If you are a new HDA who is required to be a member of the Helideck Emergency Response team – Complete HDA Initial and HERTM then revalidate both through HDA Further in future
  • if you are a new HDA but you will not be required to be a member of the Helideck Emergency Response team – Complete HDA Initial only

Additional Non OPITO training courses for HLO and HDA

OPITO recommends to pass next additional training courses for safe helideck operations:

  1. Radio Communications Competence
  2. Dangerous Goods by Air (DGbA)
  3. Helicopter Refuelling

You can find more about HLO and HDA training courses in Lerus Training Centre following this link:
Helicopter training in Lerus

The full information of OPITO training standarts for HLO and HDA  roles you can find at official website of this organization. Follow next link:
OPITO Offshore Heli-operations Role Standards Training Guidelines