Oil and Gas Training Company’s Methodology Meets Strict Standards for
Assuring Workforce Competence
IHRDC and the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation (OPITO)
are pleased to announce that IHRDC’s competency management system has
been officially approved by OPITO as meeting the high standards set by
OPITO for evaluating, measuring and implementing competency management
solutions for oil and gas companies worldwide.
The approval was awarded following a rigorous period of testing and
evaluation of IHRDC’s competency management standards, processes and
The award means that IHRDC’s competency management system can be branded
with the OPITO logo. It also means that IHRDC clients, who are
interested in receiving OPITO approval, will now have a clear path to
approval for their respective organizations by implementing IHRDC’s
approved process and methodology including its category-leading
competency-management software, CMS Online.
“We are very gratified that OPITO has awarded its seal of approval to
our company,” declared Brad Donohue, Vice President for Competency
Management for IHRDC. “OPITO’s reputation for integrity in setting
standards for oil and gas workforce competency is widely recognized, and
we are pleased that we have been able to meet their strict code for
benchmarking and improving the job-related skills of oil and gas
“OPITO’s mission is be the global leader in setting standards for
workforce competency among all employees in the international and oil
and gas industry,” said David Doig, CEO of OPITO. “Based on our
evaluation of IHRDC’s experience and innovation in the field of skills
training and competency assurance, we are very pleased to approve their
competency management system.”
IHRDC has been providing competency management services for clients for
more than three decades – defining the skills that apply to particular
job roles and implementing these occupational requirements to ensure
workforce effectiveness and enhanced organizational performance.
Competency projects typically follow a process utilizing sound project
management principles to (1) identify the competencies needed for each
target role, (2) assess the workforce, (3) identify the skill gaps and
(4) build individual learning plans.
There are four elements that a competency project needs:
The methodology to carry out competency assessments
The software solution to support the methodology
An industry-specific competency library
The subject matter experts to be able to write competency materials,
assess staff and create individual development plans.
Because of its experience in enhancing organizational competence for
company clients, IHRDC has been able to apply the same methodology to
building the competency of its professional staff. This showcasing of
its own business expertise was one element that helped earn OPITO’s
International Human Resources Development Corporation (www.ihrdc.com)
has been a global leader in training and competency management for the
oil and gas industry for more than 45 years, offering the best
Instructional Programs, e-Learning resources, and Competency Management
products and services available to the industry today. The company is
headquartered in Boston, USA with offices in Houston, London, Amsterdam,
Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and Lagos.
IHRDC is the proud recipient of the "Petroleum Industry Training
Provider of the Year Award" from the Getenergy organization for 2010,
2011, and 2012, the 2011 Platinum AVA Award, 18 Telly Awards, and the
2003 Corporate Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Programming.
OPITO (The Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation) is the
global leader in standards, competence and skills for the oil and gas
industry. Based in Aberdeen, Scotland, the company develops
industry-recognized criteria for defining, evaluating, improving and
auditing employee skills to achieve a sustainable, competent and safe
workforce for oil and gas companies across the globe.
The OPITO certification of competency provides assurance that the
recipient organization has implemented an approved system for defining,
implementing, and assuring standards that apply to particular job roles
and establish occupational competence for each and every employee.
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