Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO)


OPITO has revised its Training Standards for HLO qualifications. The document HELIDECK OPERATIONS INITIAL TRAINING (HOIT) Standard rev. 0 Amendment 2 outlines the new standards for HLO certification.

In addition to holding a Dangerous Goods Certificate and a Radio Operator’s Certificate of Competence (ROCC), the prospective Helicopter Landing Officer now has to complete: 

  • The 2-day Helideck Operations Initial Training  (HOIT) course
  • The 3-day Helicopter Emergency Response Team Leader (HERTL) course


On completion of these 2 courses, the candidate can be certified as a HLO.

Flight Safety Africa offers both the 2-day HOIT course and the 3-day HERTL course, in order for the certified candidate to be OPITO COMPLIANT, as per the requirement of IOGP Report 590.

Flight Safety Africa can recommend a CAA Certified on-line course for the Dangerous Goods Certificate and a CAA certified Aeronautical Radio Telephony trainer for the VHF Radio certificate. 

For more details see HOIT  and HERTL


IOGP Report 590 allows for the Certification of the HLO to be OPITO EQUIVALENT, and as for many potential candidates, the 5-day time frame for this qualification is unreasonable, Flight Safety Africa now offers a 3-day combined HOIT and HERTLcourse that is fully OPITO Equivalent, covering all aspects of the required Helideck Operations Initial Training and Helicopter Emergency Response Training.

The Combined HOIT and HERTL course covers:

  • Legal references for all Helideck Operations
  • Helicopter and Helideck Management systems and potential hazards
  • HLO normal operations and emergency responsibilities during landing and take-off on both attended and normally unattended installations.
  • Supervision of Passengers and cargo handling
  • Emergency response preparedness
  • Desktop practical for HLO Emergency Response scenarios

Cost of the 3-day combined course: USD 1,350 pp.

Contact us to arrange a date and venue that will suit you!

info@flightsafetyafrica.com or info@helideckcertification.com or call +27 (0) 83 263 4439