Learn from experts on an ECITB-approved decommissioning course

Gain a deeper understanding of the environmental, legal, economic, and health and safety aspects of decommissioning. And examine the principles of managing an offshore decommissioning project.

Join academics and industry professionals in a series of online sessions delivered by the National Decommissioning Centre (NDC).

This online decommissioning course is open to anyone interested in the issues and activities associated with offshore decommissioning. It’s brought to you by our Continuing Professional Development Services team and is ideal CPD training for:

  • oil and gas industry professionals (technical and non-technical)
  • engineers
  • managers
  • finance and procurement personnel
  • those working in related industries or for regulatory bodies.


Limited discounts are available for NDC members and current University of Aberdeen students.

ECITB Approved Provider

Gain ECITB certification

This CPD course is approved by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board.

Find out more about the ECITB.

What you’ll study

You’ll cover the following topics:

  • Offshore decommissioning in context
  • Legal obligations
  • Ongoing liability obligations post-decommissioning and improvements in the decommissioning process
  • Environmental considerations
  • Economic considerations
  • Requirements for decommissioning an asset offshore
  • Onshore dismantling of decommissioned assets

By the end of this course, you’ll have…

  • A deeper understanding of the environmental, legal, economic, and health and safety aspects of decommissioning.
  • Met experts across a range of decommissioning specialist areas.
  • Examined the methods and considerations for cost planning of decommissioning activities.
  • Recognised the requirements for the onshore dismantling of decommissioned assets.
  • Had the chance to network with and put questions to online colleagues, tutors and industry professionals.

How you’ll study

Online learning

This distance learning Introduction to Decommissioning course is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can join us from anywhere in the world and manage your hours to suit you.

The course is delivered via MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including videos, slide shows, and discussion boards.

Live Collaborate sessions

You’ll cover the course topics via four live online sessions. In these online Collaborate sessions, you can ask questions and start discussions with the course developers and your online colleagues.

All sessions will be recorded. So if you are not able to attend these live, you can watch them online at your convenience, 24/7. You’ll also find discussions forums available for each topic.

Study hours

The course totals approximately seven-to-nine hours of study time per week, including the live sessions.


The course is assessed entirely online. In order to receive your ECITB certification, you’ll take a multiple-choice questionnaire at the end of the course (set at 80% pass mark).


You can discuss each topic within the discussion forums in MyAberdeen. Alongside the three live discussions with the academic team, you can also arrange one-to-one support via the course coordinator, Julie Dixon. View Julie’s profile.

Delivered by the National Decommissioning Centre

Launched with support from the Scottish Government and Oil & Gas Technology Centre, the NDC partners with companies to develop innovations in decommissioning technology.

Find out more about the National Decommissioning Centre.

Meet your course developers

Your training will be delivered by academics from our Schools of Business, Engineering and Law.

Where this will take you

Build qualifications in decommissioning

If you’re keen to learn more, we have a diverse range of part-time, online courses you can use to take your knowledge and expertise to the next level. They can all be studied around full-time work:


On successful completion of the short course assessment, you’ll receive ECITB certification.

This course will give you a greater understanding of the issues and activities associated with offshore decommissioning, particularly beneficial if you require this understanding within your job role.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for CPD hours. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Entry requirements

Discounted rates

Spaces on the course are limited and we offer a small number of discounted-rate places on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • £625.50 for NDC partners and members.
  • £349 for current University of Aberdeen students.

This course has no formal entry requirements.

It’s open to anyone interested in gaining a greater understanding of the issues and activities associated with offshore decommissioning.

This course is delivered in English. Some technical language may be used, so an understanding of the oil and gas industry may be beneficial but is not essential.

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Start date
23 January 2023
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