Acceptance criteria for diver certificates to be recognised by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) for offshore diving under IMCA D 014 – IMCA international code of practice for offshore diving:
- There must be credible government or government appointed oversight of the training regime for the qualification with a single point of contact.
- The government or government appointed bodies must undertake regular inspections/audits of all training sites and facilities delivering recognised training. The inspections/audits must also cover the schools’ emergency response plans together with the planned maintenance of diving plant and equipment used for diver training.
- There must be a robust health and safety regime operating at all training sites and facilities delivering recognised training.
- The qualification must be issued by the national government or government appointed agency, not the training facility.
- For surface supplied diver training, the training must cover the minimum training requirements as laid out by IMCA (see information note IMCA D 08/17 – IMCA minimum criteria for surface supplied diver training.
- For saturation diver training, the training must cover the minimum course requirements contained in the International Diving Regulators and Certifiers Forum (IDRCF) document entitled Closed bell diver training.
- The certifying organisation must be a part of either the IDRCF, the European Diving Technology Committee (EDTC) or another recognised international commercial diver training standards organisation.
Note: IMCA has made some special diver certification arrangements for unregulated areas of the world (see information note IMCA D 16/16 – Diver and diving supervisor certification
Revocation of IMCA recognition
Should it be the case that a qualification is no longer deemed suitable, then IMCA recognition will be revoked and the single point of contact will be informed. Examples of reasons to revoke IMCA recognition of a diver training certificate include, but are not limited to:
- Changes to a training regime that in IMCA’s opinion make the training/qualification unsuitable.
- Evidence that divers are being issued with IMCA recognised certificates, but have not been trained/assessed to the agreed level required.
- Evidence of inconsistent standards of training between schools training and assessing that qualification which could affect safety of diving.
- Failure of the government appointed bodies to undertake regular inspections/audits of training sites and facilities delivering training.
The qualification will be reconsidered for approval if it can be demonstrated that appropriate remedial action has been taken.