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ECT - Escape Chute Training (OPITO Approved)

About this course

Escape chute training (ECT) meets mandatory or company specific training requirements with this safety equipment. It is an additional module developed by OPITO and acceptable under the Mutual Recognition of Basic and Refresher Safety and Emergency Preparedness Training agreement between Oil & Gas UK, Norsk olje og gass (Norway), Olie Gas Danmark (Denmark) and NOGEPA (Netherlands). 

The Mutual Recognition document has been in effect since November 2007 and was revised in September 2014 to continue harmonising offshore survival training standards within sectors of the European North Sea. This course will satisfy the offshore survival training requirements for personnel intending to work in these European sectors.

Escape chutes are used as a means of escape, where fitted, from offshore oil and gas installations and vessels. The aim of this training programme is to give students an understanding of various escape chute systems used in the industry and practice their use as a means of tertiary escape from offshore installations and vessels.

ECT meets the following objectives:

  • Awareness of various types of escape chutes used on offshore installations and vessels.
  • Theoretical and practical training in the safe techniques for escaping through an escape chute.
  • An understanding of the required actions when exiting an escape chute.

Upon successful completion of ECT, all students will normally be issued with an OPITO-approved certificate which is valid for four years from the date of issue. 

NOTE: Warsash Maritime Academy does offer ECT as a standalone course on a demand basis only. It is included as part of the main OPITO-approved BOSIET and ECT, BOSIET with CAEBS and ECT, FOET and ECT, and FOET with CAEBS and ECT. These combined courses are more widely accepted internationally, including the European North Sea sector. However, if you wish to enquire about a block booking for eight or more students please contact the admissions team.

How to book

Please contact the admissions team if you require more information about this course:

Telephone: +44 (0)23 8201 5004 

Normal office hours are (UK time):
Monday - Thursday: 08.30 - 17.00
Friday 08.30 - 16.30

Online bookings will be confirmed with joining information within one working day of the booking being made. Confirmation of payment should be received in the normal way.

Please ensure you follow the booking process and do not enter payment details more than once, unless you are booking more than one course. If you experience any issues, please email

Your joining instructions will tell you which campus your training will take place at - please read carefully and take note.

Course information




Continuous assessment with written, oral and practical methods.

Teaching methods

Theory and practical sessions.



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