Training academy


Competency development is essential to any subsea business.

As the subsea industry moves into deeper, harsher waters and technology continues to evolve, the skill sets required must adapt to the needs of the industry and the roles required.

Ashtead Technology is well positioned and resourced to fill the gap in the market for high quality training that will meet the skills and competences required today, and for years to come.

Our Training Academy, a first-of-its-kind in the subsea industry, can provide focused training to a range of personnel, allowing structured competency development in key areas of equipment installation, configuration, operation and maintenance.

The courses available cover ROV sensors and offshore survey equipment specifically for subsea acoustic positioning systems, hydrographic and geophysical survey equipment, cable and pipe detection and tracking systems, ROV multiplexers, and inertial navigation systems.

Courses can be delivered from Ashtead Technology facilities, in-house at clients’ facilities or on-board vessels.

Courses available

Whether you are looking for support with training personnel new to subsea survey and construction or have skilled personnel looking to renew or broaden their skill-set, we can provide training support to cover your needs.

This three-day workshop and classroom-based course is suited to delegates who are responsible for supporting LBL and USBL acoustic positioning and metrology systems.

The course is designed to allow delegates the opportunity to understand the basic theory of operation and to gain practical knowledge of configuration, calibration and fault-finding on acoustic positioning systems.

Learning outcomes:

  • How acoustic positioning systems work
  • How equipment is configured, installed, tested, and maintained
  • Variants of equipment, limitations in compatibility and issues that may arise when working with differing generations of technology
  • How to set up tests and calibration processes
  • How to handle, package and store equipment offshore and at base
  • Common faults that arise, methods of diagnosis and repair methods
  • How diagnostics are used to identify potential faults or configuration errors
  • How equipment is calibrated
  • How assets are managed

Delegates will be given practical exercises in setting up, configuring and testing equipment which will be assessed by a competent trainer. The course is also supported by comprehensive guidance notes.

Hydrographic and geophysical survey is a fundamental part of all offshore subsea construction and IRM operations. It is therefore essential that technicians have a good grasp of what the equipment is used for, how it works and how it is configured, supported and tested in the field and onshore. This module covers client-selected hydrographic and geophysical survey equipment that is used within their operations.

Learning outcomes:

  • How hydrographic and geophysical survey equipment works
  • How equipment is configured, installed, tested and maintained
  • Variants of equipment, limitations in compatibility and issues that may arise when working with differing generations of technology
  • How to set up tests and calibration processes
  • How to handle, package and store equipment offshore and at base
  • Common faults that arise, methods of diagnosis and repair methods
  • How diagnostics are used to identify potential faults or configuration errors
  • How equipment is calibrated


Delegates will be given practical exercises in setting up, configuring and testing equipment which will be assessed by a competent trainer. The course is also supported by comprehensive guidance notes.

This one-day classroom-based course is suited to delegates who are new to subsea survey equipment or who have a need for a basic understanding of how offshore survey equipment is used, how it works and how it is maintained.

Learning outcomes:

  • What tasks are carried out in subsea survey and construction support
  • What the operating environment is like underwater
  • What equipment is used
  • Principles of operation for common types of equipment
  • How the equipment is used
  • Basic maintenance principles

This two-day workshop-based course is suited to delegates who are responsible for installing and supporting pipe and cable tracking systems.

The course is designed to allow delegates the opportunity to understand the basic theory of operation and gain practical knowledge in the application and configuration of pipe and cable tracking systems used for ROV-based survey operations.

This is a hands-on practical course that covers most common installation configurations and allows delegates to experience and learn how to integrate, commission and diagnose faults.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of pipe and cable tracking systems, how they work and what they are used for
  • How the equipment is configured, installed and maintained on ROV systems
  • How it is calibrated and tested for use in subsea pipeline and cable support operations
  • Understanding common system problems and solutions

Delegates will be given practical exercises in setting up, configuring and testing equipment which will be assessed by a competent trainer. The course is also supported by comprehensive guidance notes.

This two-day workshop-based course is suited to delegates using ROVs for subsea operations. It is important that the users have the knowledge to carry out installation, verification and fault diagnosis on the ROV sensors and multiplexers in use.

The course will give delegates an understanding of the basic theory of sensor operation and practical knowledge in the application and configuration of systems used for ROV-based survey operations.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the types of external sensors and instrumentation used on ROV systems
  • How sensors are configured, installed, tested and maintained
  • How multiplexer systems work
  • Understanding of common sensor problems and solutions

Delegates will be given practical exercises in setting up, configuring and testing equipment, which will be assessed by a competent trainer. The course is also supported by comprehensive guidance notes.

This three-day course is suited to delegates who are responsible for installing and supporting sensors and multiplexer units on ROVs.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of the types of external sensors used on ROV systems
  • How sensors are configured, installed, tested and maintained
  • How multiplexer systems work
  • How survey systems are integrated on ROVs for maximum performance
  • Understanding of common sensor problems and solutions to problems

Delegates will be given practical exercises in setting up, configuring and testing equipment, which will be assessed by a competent trainer. The course is also supported by comprehensive guidance notes.