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ROV Pilot Technician

Use your technical expertise to operate ROVs in offshore conditions and save over £1,500 on the cost of our 3 week course


3 week ROV Pilot Technician: £4,702.50 inc VAT – save over £1,500 on the cost of your course*

Course Funding

For a limited time only, the Scottish Government will pay half the cost of several of our training courses, meaning that you can enhance your ROV skills for half price.

Eligible Scottish students¹ will receive 50% funding meaning you’ll only pay £2352 inc VAT

Please contact us direct for eligibility criteria and more details.


Our ROV Pilot Technician Course provides a solid introduction to industry for those interested in a career in the field of ROVs. A combination of industrial site and workshop activities alongside classroom work will give you the most relevant training experience possible to best prepare you for a career in the ROV industry. You will develop theoretic input into relevant, safe, practical applications in a live operational environment – including observation class and work class ROV spreads – giving you a firm foundation to progress through the ROV sector.

Take your technical experience and apply it to a range of ROVs

This is an intensive three week course aimed at students who already have evidence of a good grounding in electronics, engineering or hydraulics. This course takes your technical expertise and shows you how to apply it to a wide range of concepts and practical applications involved in ROV operations, including the uses, functionality and data transmission of subsea equipment, such as you will find once you are working as an ROV pilot technician

Pilot ROVs in offshore conditions

Throughout this course you will carry out a wide variety of subsea flying exercises using observation class ROVs in offshore conditions, including search and recovery, sonar mapping, site survey, zero visibility, and diver observation.  All flying exercises are conducted as would be expected in a live working environment, giving you invaluable operational and team experience.  You will be introduced to a range of methods of subsea communications linked to ROV systems, primarily focusing on electrical and fibre optics; you will also be familiarised with operating principles relating to electrical and hydraulic propulsion.

Real operational experience in key WROV and OBSROV competencies

In addition to pier-based operations, such as launch and recovery of observation class ROVs, you will also gain operational experience of a work class ROV spread on-board our ROV support vessel. Prior to that you will plan and perform a predetermined task on a work class ROV simulator to become familiarised with communications. Practical training also includes the use and operation of twin manipulators (FMC Schilling T4/3 and Rigmaster) and work class ROV tooling, using our Jupiter 2 Dual tool IVP, torque tools, and subsea rigging. Undertaking complex real-world exercises will give you familiarity and confidence with the requirements and considerations of offshore ROV operations.

This combination of hands-on experience and training in the key competencies required of ROV personnel entering the industry will ultimately make you more employable.

Certificates Gained

  • SQA Electrical Installation in Hazardous Conditions & Special Locations – Higher National
  • SQA Engineering Systems: Pneumatics & Hydraulics – Higher National

This course is course is eligible for Tier 3 ELCAS* funding.

*For entitled Forces personnel and service leavers. ELCAS registration number 1593.

Price: £4,702.50 inc VAT – special offer* 

*Reduced from £6,270 inc VAT; special offer price is secured on payment of course deposit. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time so be quick and take advantage of these great savings today!

¹Funding eligibility

You must have been a Scottish resident for a minimum of 12 months. You will not be eligible for Skills Development Fund Subsea Sector (SDFSS) funding for a programme of training if you have already received, or benefited from, SDS funding under the SDFSS or the Transition Training Fund (TTF) and you will not be eligible for the Transition Training Fund after receiving the SDFSS. Please contact us for more information.

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Dates & Prices

Please note: Dates marked as Red are Full

For the most up-to-date course dates and availability please contact our student advisors.

Start Date
End Date
Cost (ex VAT)
Cost (inc VAT)
Start Date:  06/11/2017
End Date:  24/11/2017
Duration:  3 weeks
Cost (ex VAT):  £5,225.00
Cost (inc VAT):  £6,270.00
Start Date:  26/02/2018
End Date:  16/03/2018
Duration:  3 weeks
Cost (ex VAT):  £5,225.00
Cost (inc VAT):  £6,270.00
Start Date:  04/06/2018
End Date:  22/06/2018
Duration:  3 weeks
Cost (ex VAT):  £5,225.00
Cost (inc VAT):  £6,270.00
Start Date:  27/08/2018
End Date:  14/09/2018
Duration:  3 weeks
Cost (ex VAT):  £5,225.00
Cost (inc VAT):  £6,270.00
Start Date:  03/12/2018
End Date:  21/12/2018
Duration:  3 weeks
Cost (ex VAT):  £5,225.00
Cost (inc VAT):  £6,270.00


Students are expected to engage positively with the course material.

The course is delivered in English and good written and oral communication skills are required.

Students should also be able to handle mathematical calculations to SCQF Level V.

IMCA guidelines for ROV employers recommend that personnel entering the ROV industry should have a nationally-recognised technical or trade qualification completed in electrical, electronic, hydraulics or mechanics and a certain amount of technical experience. To find out more about minimum entry criteria, or to check if you’re eligible, please contact our Student Advisors.

Please note, once you have completed your ROV course, you will also require an Offshore Survival, Offshore Medical and MIST certification to work offshore.  Read more about the offshore industry requirements here.

Kit List

You are required to bring the following with you:

  • Plenty of warm clothing
  • High visibility foul weather gear (waterproofs)
  • Safety footwear (e.g. steel toe caps.  Footwear must meet the requirements of the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002, and preferably have a ‘CE’ marking.)
  • An up to date copy of your CV
  • You will also need to bring some basic stationery – including a Casio FX83ES scientific calculator, notebook, pens/ pencils

For more information and advice about our training contact one of our Student Advisors;
Email: [email protected]
Or call +44 1397 703 786