IMCA runs a certification scheme for offshore air and bell diving supervisors, as set out in IMCA offshore diving supervisor and life support technician certification schemes .
Those meeting entry criteria (such as holding a recognised diver training certificate), first undergo IMCA-approved training in the relevant category:
- IMCA-approved trainee air diving supervisor courses
- IMCA-approved trainee bell diving supervisor courses
Then, after gaining the required, logged experience at trainee/assistant level, candidates can be put forward by IMCA diving contractor members to sit the relevant IMCA examinations:
IMCA has entered into recognition agreements which mean that the following certificates are recognised as being appropriate for diving supervisors for the purposes of compliance with IMCA guidance:
- ADAS offshore diving supervisor
- DCBC offshore diving supervisor
- NDC supervisor (for those working in Dutch waters only).
Full details are set out in Diver and diving supervisor certification and Diving supervisor certification - mutual recognition agreements.
To check the validity of these and other diving certificates, see Verification of diver qualifications.