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Certificate in Subsea Technology (Level 3)

Level 3 City and Guilds Certificate in Subsea Technology

The series consists of 4 modules, as detailed below;

  •  Subsea Equipment & Tools
  •  Material Technologies, Subsea Systems & Flow Assurance
  •  ROV Systems
  •  Subsea Controls

These stand-alone modules will enable an individual to select those learning materials that suit his or her own particular requirements.  Modules can be studied at the candidates own pace and can be studied in any order, but the recommended order is as numbered. The study time needed will vary from one module to another, and from one individual to another.  It is likely to be in the range 40 – 60 hours for each module.

Each module will consist of one Workbook, and a “Guide to Open Learning”.

No commitment to enrolling for the complete Subsea Technology Series is required at any time although each candidate must register for each module.  Modules are non-transferrable and can only be assigned to one candidate.

Each module (detailed above) may be assessed by examination and an individual certificate endorsed by City and Guilds awarded to successful candidates

Each exam which is passed successfully will contribute to one Certificate of Unit Credit towards The Certificate in Subsea Technology. The Certificate will be awarded after all 4 Certificates of Unit Credit have been accumulated.

The series will be of value to:

• The materials are suitable for new starts to the industry or long-term employees who wish to gain formal vocational related qualifications. • Subsea technicians in the early years of their career or technicians from other industries wishing to transfer to working in the subsea Industry. • Managers and supervisors of oil, service and manufacturing companies who need to build on their background knowledge of the subject. • New technical or engineering graduates, as part of their induction programme. • Administrative staff that require an introduction to the technical background, and a key to the technical language. • The industry, as underpinning knowledge towards achieving standards of competence.

Modules consist of one, spirally bound workbook contained in a presentation folder. As well as the subject matter workbooks contain:

• Training targets for candidates to achieve by the end of each unit. • Test yourself questions to see how much candidates understand. • Check yourself answers to check that candidates are progressing along the right lines. • Activities for candidates to apply their new knowledge. • Summaries for candidates to recap on the major steps in their progress.

Subsea Equipment & Tools 1 Workbook comprising 10 sections Study time: 40-60 hours Topside Facilities for Different Water Depths Oil Industry Engineering Standards Wellhead and Hanger System Workover Systems Conventional Xmas Tree Spool or Horizontal Xmas Tree Well Intervention System Protective Structures Subsea Field Layout Case Study Material Technologies, Subsea Systems & Flow Assurance 1 Workbook comprising 19 sections Study time: 40-60 hours.

  • Basics of Engineering Materials & Properties
  • Introduction to Materials for Subsea Equipment
  • Applications of Materials
  • Failure Mechanisms
  • Cathodic Protection & Hydrogen Sulphide
  • Coatings & Surface Protection
  • Basics of Metal Fatigue
  • The Erosion Process
  • The Main Subsea Assemblies
  • Manifold Design & Insulation
  • Manifold Facilities & Flow Management
  • Control System
  • Pipeline End Manifold
  • High Integrity Pipeline Protection System
  • Pipeline End Termination
  • Corrosion, Erosion & Radio Activity
  • Subsea Separation
  • Main Sensor Systems
  • Well Intervention Vessels

ROV Systems

1 Workbook comprising 11 sections

Study time: 40-60 hours

ROV Systems 1 Workbook comprising 11 sections Study time: 40-60 hours General Principles of an ROV ROV Basic Principles Safety Considerations Identification of Main System Components Deployment Methods & Handling Systems Basics of ROV Physics Electrical Basics Communication Basics Basic ROV Hydraulic System Main Sensor Systems ROV Tooling Suites Subsea Controls 1 Workbook comprising 5 sections Study time: 40-60 hours Subsea Productions Control System Basics Subsea Control Hydraulics Subsea Communication Systems Subsea Electrical Systems Computing Systems, Electronics & Sensors –

Exams can be held anytime, at an appointed venue i.e. there is no set time limit between starting a module and sitting the exam.

When the candidate is ready to take the exam an invigilator must be appointed on their behalf. The ‘Invigilator’ may be a Training Manager, OIM or Senior Manager. The invigilator must be responsible for the receipt of the exam papers, security of the papers, invigilation of the exams and return of papers. The invigilator must contact:

Once appointed, the exam papers will be sent to the invigilator.  Included with the papers will be an invigilation form for signature of the invigilator and rules and procedures for the exam. If, however, you do not wish to sit the exam at your workplace, you may sit the exam, free of charge at our offices at Minerva House. If this is not possible, then we suggest you contact your local college or learning centre to arrange to sit the exam on their premises. These arrangements must be made by the candidate. Some colleges may charge an invigilation and room hire fee which the candidate will be responsible for.

The examination is a two hour closed book written exam. Section A comprises of 20 short answer questions similar to the Test Yourself section in the workbooks. Section B comprises of three questions of which two must be answered – these require good, neat, correctly labelled drawings and a good descriptor. All questions in the paper relate to the information given in the workbooks.

Pass Marks: 60% -74% = Pass, 75% -84% = Credit, 85%- 100% = Distinction

Test yourself questions are available in the workbooks to help you prepare for your exams.

If you do not achieve the required pass mark (60%) in your module exam you will be able to re-sit your exam at no extra cost. However you will only receive a pass grade in your re-sit irrespective of your result.

Should you require to re-sit the same module exam more than once there will be an examination fee of £30.00

Each individual module in the Subsea Techology Series is priced at £150.00 For all 4 modules the total is £600.00 – See more at:




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