In March 2020, OPITO implemented a certificate extension process to support those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, where their certification expired within 30 days, initially, and then within 14 days.
On 19 October 2020, the two-month period of grace was introduced. This was not a formal extension to certificates or reflected in Vantage but allowed appropriate refresher training to be undertaken within two months of eligible certificate’s expiry dates. This was designed to prompt a return to Centres as the majority globally had since reopened with stringent sanitisation and social-distancing measures in place.
This process has supported industry and the workforce during these challenging times, and, as of 30th April 2023 more than 40,000 certificates have been extended under the Policy.
OPITO has taken the decision to draw the certificate extension process and grace period to a close starting the 31st May 2023.
The two-month grace period is being withdrawn from 31st May 2023, however can be utilised by Learners until the 31st July 2023. Any Learners looking to use the ‘Grace Period’ must have completed their refresher training by this date.
If you have any questions or clarifications regarding this concern, you may send an email to the following email addresses.
Delegates (self-sponsors) firstname.lastname@example.org
Employing companies email@example.com