BOSIET vs. FOET: What’s the Difference?

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Seafarers and offshore workers undergo multiple training sessions to ensure their work efficiency, emergency preparedness, and safety. As they work afloat big bodies of water, having knowledge and information is crucial. Even the tiniest bit of detail makes a difference.

With that said, it’s very easy to confuse training with one another. Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) and Further Offshore Emergency Training (FOET) are one of those. While there are probably similarities in both sessions, each has been put together meticulously to serve its purpose, which is to help workers in the oil and gas industry.


BOSIET or Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training is a 3 day offshore survival training given to those who’ll be working in an offshore environment. There are three types of certificates you can gain from BOSIET which are valid for four years after being issued. One, only for the region of the United Kingdom called the BOSIET with CA-EBS.  Second  is the BOSIET with EBS, which is for other international regions.  Third is the Tropical Bosiet which is required in tropical countries.

These courses cover the following:

  • Safety Induction
  • Firefighting and Self Rescue
  • Sea Survival with First Aid
  • Helicopter Underwater Escape Training


Further Offshore Emergency Training, or better known as FOET, is a one-day refresher course taken before your BOSIET certificate expires. And like BOSIET, this training has three types, which are FOET with CA-EBS (for the UK region) , FOET with EBS for other international regions and Tropical FOET required for tropical countries.  However, take note that once your BOSIET certificate expires, you’re no longer eligible to take a FOET course.

Working in this type of industry has its challenges. But, with the help of approved OPITO training providers, seafarers and offshore workers are given the upper hand and the ability to overcome it.