RVK - Regulatory Competence for the Petroleum Industry

Uncompromisingly focusing on health, safety and environment in turbulent times

The oil and gas industry is going through tough times with marginal oil- and gas prices. This lead to increasing pressure to cut costs, both for investments in new developments, and for the operation of existing platforms.

The major focus on cost cuts increases the risk of compromising health, safety and environment. We believe that the current situation within the oil and gas industry forces us to have a stronger focus on this topic. It is important that the legislations are understood correctly, and then to be used in the right way. This is where RVK’s course for regulatory competence comes into play.

Competence in policies and regulations is a type of skill that must be fully understood, and interpreted together with experienced specialists in the field. Different varieties of e-learning are not suitable for this type of course where learning is best achieved by direct dialogue with lectures; in interpretation and explanation of laws and regulations related to health, environment and safety. Our lecturers at our Regulatory Competence-courses are among the most experienced in the industry, when it comes to health, safety and environment.



RVK (Regulatory Competence) is a training programme for the petroleum industry, with the purpose of improving general knowledge about the regulations, and to enhance consciousness of the requirements related to health, safety and the environment.

RVK is a tripartite cooperation between the authorities, employers and employees. BI Norwegian Business School is course administrator of the RVK training programme.

The training programmes are based on the HSE Regulations; aimed at everyone who relates to the petroleum regulations. The objective of the RVK courses is to provide individuals and enterprises with a better understanding of how important it is to comply with the rules and regulations.


Tailored courses are developed as a result of continuous surveillance of the petroleum industry, in continuous dialogue with the RVK Steering Committee, on which competence is needed at any time. Courses can be developed to specific target groups, i.e. subsea or floatel, tailored to each company/project.

An example is the “RVK Basic Course – Project Engineering & Construction”, which was developed for two major offshore installation projects, where common understanding of the HSE regulations was a central criteria from the very beginning of the project, involving the operator, the engineering company, and the building yard.


The course provides a general and relatively comprehensive introduction to the regulations, and how these should be understood and applied.
Read more: RVK Basic Course - General Offshore

The course provides a general and relatively comprehensive introduction to the regulations, and how these should be understood and applied. In addition, the course gives an insight into the specific requirements relating to design of drilling and well installations and well equipment, as well as execution of the activities involved.
Read more: RVK Basic Course - Drilling and Wells

The course provides a general and relatively comprehensive introduction to the regulations, and how these should be understood and applied. In addition, the course will give the participants an understanding of the requirements relating to development projects and modifications, and how to apply the regulations.
Read more: RVK Basic Course - Development Projects and Modifications

The course provides a general and relatively comprehensive introduction to the regulations, and how these should be understood and applied. In addition, the course provides a good understanding of responsibilities, roles and employee participation in the practice of the AoC system (Acknowledgement of Compliance).
Read more: RVK Basic Course - AoC

The following courses are offered in-company only:

The course provides a general and fairly comprehensive introduction to the regulations, and how these should be understood and applied.
This course if offered in-company only.
Read more: RVK Basic Course - General for Land-based facilities

The course is developed, aimed at engineering companies, worldwide, which has been assigned contract of engineering service on major offshore projects. Day 2 of this course concentrates mainly on technical requirements in the Facilities Regulation.
This course is offered in-company only.
Read more: RVK Basic Course – Project Engineering & Construction

Courses spring 2019

Courses fall 2019

We reserve the right to change course dates or cancellation of any course.


All RVK courses are equal in regard of required regulatory competence, with the same basic structure. Spesific subject area is emphasized on day 2.

RVK course participants will receive:

  • In-depth knowledge of the structure and contents of the regulations.
  • A firm understanding of how to actively use the rules and regulations to achieve continuous improvement in safety, the working environment, health, the external environment and financial assets.
  • The Basic Course provides a general and fairly comprehensive introduction to the regulations, and how these should be understood and applied.


  • Brief historical overview of events and milestones that have led to the development of a comprehensive and coordinated set of rules and regulations for the petroleum industry.
  • An overview of structures and contents and the differences between regulations and guidelines.
  • Roles and responsibilities (including: the obligated party, the duty to ensure compliance and employee participation)
  • HSE-related management, risk and risk reduction (the management loop, change processes, HSE culture, etc.)
  • Different types of regulatory requirements (common requirements, multidisciplinary and supplementary requirements, functional requirements and detailed requirements) and fulfilment of these

RVK lecturers

BI Norwegian Business School is known for a highly competent and experienced faculty staff. A core value is that our programs are relevant to trade and industry. Thus, our RVK lecturers, teaching regulatory competence, have long experience from the oil industry.

As members of the RVK Steering Committee, the lecturers receive first hand knowledge of current HSE regulations. Through dialogue with regulatory parties, they are constantly informed of any changes of regulations, as well as updates from Regulations Forum and Safety Forum.

RVK lecturers contributes as spokesmen toward the partners of Regulations Forum, because of their direct dialogue with course participants expressing their experience on problems of understanding and using the regulations in their daily work.

Lars Myrholt
Lars Myrholt holds an MSc from NTH 1981 machine. He has almost throughout his career worked for Schlumberger focusing on well service and HSEQ. He is presently "HSE Manager" in Schlumberger Norway and subject matter expert on regulations and compliance in daily work activity. Myrholt is accredited International Quality Assurance Manager. He joined the regulatory cooperation from the beginning as a representative from the oil service industry and has been a lecturer in regulatory competence (RVK) since 2001.

Nils Gunnar Gundersen
Gundersen completed 4 years of education at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1969, as a marine engineer. He started in the oil & gas industry in 1971 and has been responsible for follow up construction of a semi-submersible drilling platform in France in 1973 and was Assistant Operations Manager during 4 years drilling operation in the North Sea. He was employed by Amoco Norway in 1982 as OIM on Valhall A, and acted in this position for 5 years. He was in 1988 QA Manager on the Draugen project for Norske Shell and acted as OIM on Draugen for 7 years. During the last 15 years, he has been lecturing oil & gas related subjects in Norway and many countries abroad for the training institute Petrad. He has been a lecturer with RVK since the start in 2001.

Geir Solberg
Solberg graduated as Electronic Engineer from Technical Institute of Gothenburg (1969). He has experience from shipbuilding and operation of ships in Norway and abroad. He also has a broad experience as teacher at Stavanger Maritime College, and Training Manager at Elf Aquitaine and Shell E&P. From 1999 to 2010 he worked in Shell Internal Audit. Since 2011, Solberg has been teaching Regulatory Competence (RVK) at BI Norwegian Business School.

Inge Magnar Halsne
Halsne is civil engineer from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) 1975. He has more than 30 years of experience from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and Statoil with early phase projects, development projects and HSE in operation. He has been member of the Regulatory Forum and has taught in regulatory competence (RVK) since 2014.

Contact us

Ingrid Engelsen
BI Norwegian Business School
Tel: +47 98251716

Visiting Address:
BI - campus Stavanger
Hesbygata 5
4014 Stavanger


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Practical information

There are no entrance requirements for course participation.

All Courses are held at BI Norwegian Business School - campus Stavanger, Hesbygata 5 unless otherwise agreed.

All RVK courses are lasting two days. Course hours are 09:00 - 16:00.

Course fees: 
Grunnkurs/Basic course (all) – 2 days NOK 5.800.
Course price include course compendium and lunch/coffee/tea/fruit.
Note! Participants must bring along own pc or tablet computer for access to PSA regulations online.

If you have taken RVK Basic Course earlier, you can attend only day 2 - NOK 3.300. Contact us for information.

In case of cancellation later than 14 days ahead of course date or no-show, full course fee will be invoiced. We reserve our right to cancel any course if less than 15 participants, no later than 14 days ahead of course start.

Proof of participation:
At the end of the course the students will receive a certificat as documentation of course completion.

BI - campus Stavanger:

Visiting address:
BI Norwegian Business School – campus Stavanger
Hesbygaten 5
4014 Stavanger

From August 2019 campus Stavanger will move into a new campus. The address will then be: 
Byfjordparken 17
4007 Stavanger

Nearest hotel is Scandic Stavanger City.

When BI - campus Stavanger moves to Byfjordparken in August 2019, the nearest hotel will be Comfort Hotel Square.