Training packages

The suite of EUROWA modular courses has been built up over a number of years by Sea Alarm and EUROWA Network Member organisations. The first steps were taken in 2012-13 when a basic training was developed during the POSOW project, followed by a major expansion during the EU-funded EUROWA project in 2015-16 which developed a number of additional training levels.

The EUROWA course portfolio today includes 6 qualification levels:

Hands-on levels




Management levels



EUROWA specific levels


Each course is produced in a modular form and consists of a combination of online testing prior to admission to higher levels, and course packages which combine lectures, hands-on training, skill labs, exercises and evaluation of individual skills.The training levels

The training levels

The BASIC oiled wildlife response course is designed for individuals without previous experience who wish to assist the rescue and rehabilitation of oiled birds. The course (formerly POSOW) will help them to understand and implement basic wildlife response skills, which they can perform under supervision of experienced responders.

The ADVANCED course level positioned immediately above the BASIC level, aims to create a pool of personnel who can provide advanced care to oiled wildlife following standard protocols and independent from supervision. Individuals who qualify as ADVANCED responders can train personnel at the BASIC responder level. ADVANCED Responders provide a solid layer of high-level capabilities on the work floor during a response.

The SPECIALIST performs the highest hands-on responsibilities on the work floor. True SPECIALIST qualification cannot be obtained via a one-off course of a few days as people in this position must be able to create a safe and efficient environment on the work floor, ensure that each department in a facility is functional and productive, and contribute to the overall objectives of the facility as a whole. It is, therefore, a function requiring life-long learning and constant upgrading of skills. This is reflected in the concepts and qualification requirements that have been developed as part of the EUROWA project, including literature reviews, skill labs, and exercises.  A separate path has been developed within this suite for training VETERINARIANS to become accredited as a SPECIALIST Veterinarian in providing for the unique needs of oil-affected wildlife.

The MANAGER course materials take a similar approach to that of the SPECIALIST and include lectures, skill labs, and a range of exercises. The course provides qualifications including MANAGER Field Operations, MANAGER Infrastructure and Equipment, MANAGER Facility Operations and MANAGER Animal Welfare. Again, a true MANAGER qualification cannot be obtained via a one-off course of a few days but requires a life-long revisiting of knowledge, skills, and experience via lectures, skill labs, and a whole range of exercise models that have been defined under the EUROWA project. 

The SECTION HEAD level (also a managerial role) training also utilises some of the materials developed for the MANAGER level training can be accessed by individuals who have qualified as an ADVANCED responder. A SECTION HEAD oversees the management of some departments of a facility, or coastal sections when operational in the field.

International mobilisation and use of EUROWA training packages

The EUROWA Team packages are available to individuals who qualify to be considered as part of an international mobilisation (SPECIALIST, SECTION HEAD, MANAGER). These packages provide additional training directed towards the four functions that are considered for such a mobilisation: Team Leader, Team Technical Director, Team Member and Duty Manager.

A EUROWA database has been developed that allows for documentation of modular training materials, designing of courses with those materials, assignment of qualifications for course completion and central registration of individuals who have successfully qualified. In this way, quality control is guaranteed and a EUROWA qualification granted to an individual is only valid when the qualification has been registered in this database. More details can be found on the EUROWA standards page.

EUROWA network member organisations aim to provide these courses to interested persons in Europe. Further details will be published on this site. Reports of past training events can be seen in the News section.

Standard course packages are available as well as tailor-made training solutions. If you are interested to run a national course in your country or to join an international EUROWA training event, please contact your national EUROWA network member or the EUROWA Secretariat.