The MTCS High Pressure Hydraulics online training course is designed to provide ROV technicians and engineers with a fundamental knowledge of ROV hydraulic systems.

The course is suitable for a range of ROV activities, particularly in cross training personnel with electrical and electronic disciplines who need to multi-skill.

If you would like to renew your Certificate of Competence in ROV Hydraulic Systems then please contact MTCS at

Course Overview

The course covers both general hydraulic theory, high pressure hydraulic safety and can be applied to many ROV hydraulic systems. It provides an industry-specific primer for personnel who are familiar with more general hydraulic principles.

The course is also suitable for personnel who are involved with the operation and maintenance of ROV Launch and Recovery (LARS) systems including Tether Management Systems (TMS).

The course is delivered digitally via MTCS Online, and in 2 stages:

Stage 1 is delivered as an e-learning module and covers theoretical concepts

Stage 2 consists of a booklet that requires candidates to research their own systems, procedures and work methods.

Candidate Requirements

The course is ideal for ROV technicians and engineers who have little or no experience in hydraulic systems, and are required to enhance such as part of their career progression.

The course also assists in multi-skilling technicians and engineers who are more electrically biased.

Course Modules

The course includes the following modules:

Stage 1

  • Hydraulic Theory
  • Hydraulic Components
  • Safety of Personnel
  • System Components and symbols
  • Contamination Control

Stage 2

  • Hydraulic Fluids
  • Hydraulic Pumps
  • Actuators
  • Pressure Control Valves
  • Directional Valves
  • Flow Control and Non-return Valves
  • Servo Valves
  • Reservoirs, Compensators and Accumulators
  • Conductors and Seals
  • Contamination Control
  • Hydraulic Filters
  • Fault Finding and Maintenance
  • Symbols


Assessment of Knowledge is conducted by a combination of Multiple Choice and short written answers.

Each module includes a range of short written assignments that requires the candidate to reflect on their own systems, work methods and procedures. This forms an important part of the candidates learning experience and ensures the training remains contextual.

Each module also includes an end of unit ‘Self-Assessment’ that provides the candidate with an opportunity to test themselves on the specific subject matter. All ‘Self-Assessment’ modules must be successfully completed before taking the final Online Assessment of Knowledge.

On successfully completing the final assessment of knowledge candidates will receive a certificate confirming ‘Successful Assessment of Knowledge’.

The online course contains a written assessment that can be completed offshore or in a suitably equipped workshop. The written assessment requires you to complete some written assignments after researching the hydraulics associated with your own systems.

On completion of the Practical Assessment candidates may upload specific evidence of the activity to their MTCS Online account for final verification by MTCS.


Successful candidates will be awarded a Certificate confirming Successful Completion of Knowledge on completion of the Online course. On completion of the Practical Assessment candidates will then receive aa certificate confirming successful completion of Knowledge and Practical.

Candidates may be awarded a Certificate stating that they are ‘Competent in ROV Hydraulic Systems ’. To be eligible for this certificate candidates must:

Hold a valid Certificate of Competence at  ROV Pilot Technician Grade I (awarded by Grade Assessment within 12 months of taking this course)


Have completed unit 4a & 5a within the ROV Pilot Technician Grade I Competence Scheme, using the Grade Assessment process

Course Delivery

The course is delivered through MTCS Online whereby candidates will be provided with a unique access code to download the material and guidance on how to use the course.


Certificates of Competence may be issued by MTCS or by an organisation’s in-house competence scheme that conforms to IMCA guidelines C007.

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Key Points

Course Fees
£430 + VAT

16 hours plus assessments and practical exercise

The MTCS ROV High Pressure Hydraulics Training Course is delivered via our digital learning portal, MTCS Online.

Suitable For
This online ROV High Pressure Hydraulics training course is suitable for supervisors and managers who are required to train and coach personnel.

All course fees and certification are included in the price quoted.

Next Steps
Please visit the MTCS Online digital learning portal where, once registered and logged-in, you may purchase this course and commence your training.

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