The OPRC 1990 Convention obliges governments to establish a programme of exercises for oil pollution response organizations and training of relevant personnel. It also calls on IMO to develop a comprehensive training programme in cooperation with interested governments and industry.
The IMO has developed a range of training courses to address all aspects of oil spill planning, response and management. These are known as the OPRC Model Courses. These courses have been designed and developed by an international group of experts from governments and industry. They are available in CD format and include instructor’s manuals, participant’s manuals and training aids, in the form of presentations and additional guidance and tools.
The IMO courses on oil pollution preparedness and response have been developed for three levels of competency:
- Operational staff (Level 1);
- Supervisors and on-scene commanders (Level 2); and
- Senior management personnel
The OPRC Model Training Courses are offered for purchase through IMO Publishing.
It is important to note that while the courses are made available for purchase, the International Maritime Organization does not certify, endorse or accredit training institutions or individuals for the delivery of the OPRC Model Courses.
Use of the IMO logo
The Organization also prohibits the use its logo, unless permission has been expressly granted in writing, based on an official request. This rule extends to the use of the IMO logo on promotional materials, web sites, and business cards that may be used by training organizations to promote the delivery of the OPRC Model Courses or imply endorsement by the IMO for this purpose. The criteria for granting use of the IMO logo are limited and permission would not be granted for its use in this context.