Distance learning techniques are not accepted by IMCA for the delivery of any diving division IMCA-approved training courses

1 Background

This information note has been issued as it has been brought to IMCA’s attention that IMCA Trainee Air Diving Supervisor (TADS) courses are being offered through a distance learning package, and some certificates indicating satisfactory TADS course completions have been issued to persons who have not attended and passed complete face-to-face classroom-taught TADS courses.

2 IMCA Policy on the Use of Distance Learning Techniques with Respect to IMCA-approved Training Courses

A Trainee Air or Bell Diving Supervisor is a person who has satisfactorily completed an IMCA approved Trainee Air or Bell Diving Supervisor training course, which meets the terminal objectives of the IMCA Offshore Diving Supervisor Certification Scheme set out in Part 1 of IMCA offshore diving supervisor and life support technician certification schemes (IMCA D 013), but who is gaining offshore experience prior to passing the IMCA theory examination(s) and thereafter seeking formal appointment as an Air or Bell Diving Supervisor.

Certain training establishments are authorised by IMCA to offer IMCA-approved Trainee Air and/or Bell Diving Supervisor training courses which meet the terminal objectives set out in Part 1 of IMCA offshore diving supervisor and life support technician certification schemes (IMCA D 013).  This follows a satisfactory audit in accordance with Auditing of IMCA training courses for diving personnel.

Candidates who wish to sit IMCA Diving Supervisor examinations must include copies of their IMCA-approved Trainee Air and/or Bell Diving Supervisor training course completion certificates in their examination applications (the courses must have been completed within the past 3 years).

IMCA has not approved, and does not approve, any distance learning training packages for any IMCA-approved Training Courses: i.e.

  • Trainee Air Diving Supervisor (TADS);
  • Training Bell Diving Supervisor (TBDS);
  • Assistant Life Support Technician (ALST);
  • Diver Medical Technician (DMT); and
  • Diver Medical Technician Refresher (DMTR).

IMCA has no objection to distance learning techniques being used as an adjunct to any of these courses i.e. distance learning may be used as a supplement to the complete classroom-taught IMCA-approved Training Courses, but it cannot be used to reduce the content or the duration of the classroom-taught IMCA-approved Training Courses.

Training establishments must only issue certificates indicating satisfactory course completion to persons who have attended and passed complete face-to-face classroom-taught courses at the training establishments authorised by IMCA to offer IMCA-approved Training Courses. 

Note: for persons participating in the IMCA Offshore Diving Supervisor and LST certification schemes, offshore or simulator panel hours can only begin to be logged once the participant has completed and passed a full classroom-taught IMCA-approved Training Course.

Candidates who have been issued with certificates indicating satisfactory course completion of an IMCA-approved Training Course, after having undertaken a distance learning course only, will be required to re-take the full course in person at one of IMCA’s recognised training schools delivering the training in accordance with its IMCA-approved training programme.

Lists of training establishments offering IMCA-approved training courses may be accessed on the IMCA website.