Responsibilities of Members

IMCA’s constitution documents, the Articles of Association and Bye-laws, which are available on this website, set out the undertakings required of Members.  Some key elements are listed below, but for any clarification on the constitution, please contact the secretariat.

General undertakings for all members

  • All Members must to commit to abide by the Code of Conduct for IMCA Members as a minimum standard of conduct
  • Members agree to further the aims and objectives of the Association and to promote self-regulation
  • Members agree not to bring the Association into disrepute
  • All Members are encouraged to take an active part in the affairs of the Association
  • The membership is expected to adopt the technical guidelines produced by the Association appropriate to the technical division(s) to which the relevant Member belongs as a minimum standard
  • Members agree to be audited by the Secretariat
  • Members agree to have an overall quality management system, which must include a safety management system
  • IMCA encourages Members to use the IMCA logo as a sign of their membership. When used in this way it should be accompanied by the word ‘Member’ or by the membership category, e.g. ‘Contractor (Co) Member’. Members agree not to use the IMCA name or logo to indicate compliance, approval or recognition.

The following sections set out additional undertakings relevant to each specific membership category:

Contractor members

Contractor Members agree not to use IMCA membership itself, or the IMCA name or logo to claim that they are compliant with IMCA guidelines or in any way ‘approved’ by IMCA. They need to demonstrate compliance, if asked, in their own way through reports and audits.

Companies wishing to join IMCA as diving contractor members need to demonstrate their ability to operate in accordance with the IMCA International Code of Practice for Offshore Diving and the relevant associated guidance. For more details on the diving contractor membership application process, please contact us.

Supplier members

Supplier Members agree not to use IMCA membership itself, or the IMCA name or logo, to claim that their products or services are in any way ‘approved’ by IMCA. If asked, they need to demonstrate the quality of their products and services in their own ways, through specifications, reports and audits. Please note for clarification:

  • (S1) Suppliers of Equipment or Services – there are no ‘IMCA approved’ products, auditors or consultants
  • (S2) Personnel Agencies – there are no ‘IMCA approved’ personnel agencies
  • (S3) Training Establishments (non-diving) – should not use IMCA membership itself, or the IMCA name or logo, to claim that their company, training establishment or courses are IMCA approved
  • (DT1) Training providers offering in-water basic diver training, leading to an IMCA-recognised diver training certificate – IMCA is not involved in the business of training and qualifying people to be commercial divers. IMCA itself does not award commercial diver training certificates and IMCA does not approve or otherwise endorse individual diving schools that teach basic/initial diver training courses. The development and approval of basic commercial diver training courses offered by educational establishments around the world lies with government bodies and approved agencies (the relevant certification/issuing authorities) e.g. the Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme; the Diver Certification Board of Canada; and the Health and Safety Executive (in Great Britain). IMCA does recognise specific certificates for commercial diving issued by such certifying/issuing authorities. For basic/initial diver training and for Dive Supervision, IMCA only recognises the certificates listed in the current IMCA information note entitled, “Diver and diving supervisor certification”. In regulated waters regulatory authorities may apply more restrictive lists of nationally recognised certificates
  • (DT2) Training providers offering IMCA Diving Division approved training courses – there are only four approved IMCA training courses, and DT2 training establishments gain a separate certificate to indicate IMCA approval of the following:
    1. Trainee air diving supervisor course
    2. Trainee bell diving supervisor course
    3. Assistant life support technician course
    4. Diver medic course.

    Members agree not to use the IMCA name and/or logo on any certificates except for the four courses listed above. Use of the IMCA name and/or logo in any other circumstances on certificates is prohibited. For the same reason, training establishments agree not to use the IMCA name and/or logo on any promotional materials relating to non-approved courses.
    Wording on course promotional material such as the following is acceptable:

    • “Course content is in accordance with guidance document IMCA X XXX – [TITLE]”
    • “Course content is in accordance with IMCA guidance documents and syllabi for [TOPIC]-related training courses”.

    Schools agree to supply their wording to the Secretariat for clarification purposes.

Corresponding Members

Corresponding members recognise that the IMCA publications are guidance representing best practice in the industry.