Course in Oil Spill Response Management

The Course in Oil Spill Response Management is designed for people involved in the management and coordination of oil spill response.


Management or team working skills at a supervisory level.

Company endorsement of candidates likely deployment in response at supervisor level.

Targeted Audience

Managers and supervisors from industry or government who could be involved in the coordination of oil spill response. This course is also appropriate for individuals who require further knowledge or a refresher from the AMOSC Operations Course.

For staff involved in the companies' incident control team. A particular focus is placed on planning, operations and logistics roles.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Work within relevant legislation and guiding frameworks including OHS, the intergovernmental agreement and relevant contingency plans.
  • Identify characteristics of and assess oil spills, implement appropriate initial actions and identify and make appropriate notifications.
  • Implement appropriate initial actions and identify and make appropriate notifications in the case of an oil spill.
  • Apply knowledge of a set range of oil spill response strategies to identify appropriate response
  • Apply knowledge to identify appropriate oil spill response equipment.
  • Record, communicate and distribute oil incident response information within the structured environment of an incident control centre.
  • Work within a multi-agency oil spill management team in an oil spill response incident control centre
  • Within a defined structure contribute to the development and implementation of an incident action plan
  • Using a variety of sources, identify, analyse and evaluate information to select, locate and coordinate oil spill response equipment and other resources
  • Coordinate the logistics to manage the temporary storage and disposal of oil spill waste
  • Fulfil ICS roles within an ICS responding to marine oil spills.

Program Benefits

  • To train and qualify personnel for employment in an Oil Spill Incident Control Centre (ICC).


  • Setting up an Incident Control Centre (ICC)
  • Monitoring (and predicting) movement of oil
  • Estimating quantity of oil
  • Using aerial surveillance
  • Analysing incoming information and communicating strategic information
  • Identifying additional specialist advice
  • Incident action planning
  • Selecting the appropriate response strategy for given scenarios
  • Identifying OHS procedures and resources such as PPE
  • Conducting briefings and debriefings
  • Deploying shoreline and offshore equipment as part of a team
  • Oil spill insurance and compensation (specifically the concept of strict liability and reasonableness)

Learning Methods

5 days classroom face-to-face sessions with simulated desktop exercises.
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