Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO)

To provide students with the knowledge and skills to function effectively and safely as a Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO) at installations in accordance with current industry standards.


A Helicopter Landing Officer certificate will be issued on successful completion of the On Job Assignment (OJA).

Unit Standard: 9581 L4 C4 V5

Course Content

The course focuses on:

  • Roles and responsibilities of an HLO.
  • Understanding helideck operations and safety requirements/procedures (as per ICAO standards).
  • Basic understanding of what information HLO provides helicopter pilot.
  • Movements of passengers, baggage and cargo to/from helicopter.
  • Familiarity with helicopter types, their operation and emergency procedures.
  • Communication with pilots and basic marshalling signs.
  • Familiarity with management of dangerous goods.
  • Familiarity with fire protection for take-off and landing.
  • Shutdown and security of aircraft on helideck.
  • ‘hot’ refueling procedures.
  • Introduction to specialised operations (search and rescue, winching, medivac, night operations).

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Identify helicopter operation and safety equipment and procedures.
  • Assess helicopter hazards and their consequences.
  • Use and interpret documentation and maintain reports for helicopter landing operations.
  • Locate and explain emergency procedures and contingency plans for helicopter landings.

Course structure

The course is theoretical but also includes a visit to a local heliport for familarisation. Students are assessed continuously during the course.

Course prerequisites


Assessment process

Theory assessment which takes place when the student is ready. A post course on job assessment component is required to be completed offshore and includes the HLO performing a range of tasks before and during multiple helicopter landings.


To maintain current competency, it is recommended that refresher training occurs regularly. Depending on the industry you work in this may vary. Current Wood Training recommendation is every two years.

Items to bring

  • Photo ID.
  • Comfortable clothing suitable for participating in practical exercises.
  • Covered-in footwear.
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Course Length

1 Day


Wood Training Centre
26 Manadon St
New Plymouth

or at customer premises.


$635 + GST per person

Group rates available

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Meet The Trainers

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Ryan Moss

Coming from a business background, Ryan worked in the offshore industry before moving onshore to pursue a career as a fire and marine trainer. He has Emergency Care, Fire and Rescue qualifications as well as in the areas of Adult Education and Training. Ryan volunteers his time to work with St John Ambulance as an ambulance officer and as a senior fire fighter with Fire Emergency New Zealand. Ryan stands out as a well-rounded emergency response professional with experience across multiple areas.


Well done, enjoyed course.


Course was conducted in a friendly and stress free manner. Well recommended.

Skilled Offshore

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