Diving Training Providers may apply for IMCA Supplier Membership. There are two categories of membership available to training providers who offer diving training courses.
- DT1 – Training providers offering in-water basic diver training, leading to an IMCA recognised diver training certificate.
- DT2 – Training providers offering IMCA Diving Division approved training courses.
A list of IMCA recognised diver training certificates can be found in Information Note 1394, Diver and Diving Supervisor Certification.
DT2 membership is required if a training provider wishes to deliver one or more IMCA Diving Division approved training course. These courses are:
- IMCA-approved Trainee Air Diving Supervisor Course;
- IMCA-approved Trainee Bell Diving Supervisor Course;
- IMCA-approved Assistant Life Support Technician Course;
- IMCA-approved Diver Medic Technician and Diver Medic Technician Refresher.
Application Process for Supplier Membership of the IMCA Diving Division
Training providers wishing to join IMCA as supplier members must:
- have a permanent office facility, including suitable classrooms for the course(s), and permanent staff members in the country where the course(s) will be run.
- be of good standing and reputation;
- maintain high standards of business integrity and ethics;
- fully cooperate with any audit by the Secretariat; and
- for DT1 membership, audit their dive systems in accordance with the relevant IMCA DESIGN document(s).
Diving training providers who deliver in-water basic diver training and are applying for DT1 membership will undergo IMCA’s standard due diligence checks. A site audit is normally not required as such training establishments will have been subject to regular inspections by credible government or government appointed bodies. However, IMCA reserves the right to carry out a site audit should it be deemed necessary.
Diving training providers who wish to deliver one or more IMCA Diving Division approved training courses must first apply for DT2 membership. If the application for DT2 membership is successful, the training provider may then submit their proposed course details for a desktop audit. Once the desktop audit has been successfully completed, a further site audit of the training establishment will be undertaken by IMCA’s auditors.
Guidance for training establishments wishing to deliver IMCA Diver Medic Technician and IMCA Diver Medic Technician Refresher courses can be found in publication IMCA D 020 – IMCA Scheme for Recognition of Diver Medic Training – Guidance for training establishments and any relevant IMCA Information Notes.
The Terminal Objectives for IMCA Trainee Air Diving Supervisor, Trainee Bell Diving Supervisor and Assistant Life Support Technician Courses are contained in publication IMCA D 013 – IMCA offshore diving supervisor and life support technician certification schemes and any relevant IMCA Information Notes.