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    IDSA and IMCA suspend work on diver training programme

    News // June 24, 2005
    For the last 18 months, IDSA and IMCA have been working together to deliver a programme for international recognition of initial diver training standards.

    IMCA had carried out a review amongst its diving contractor members around the world which recognised the need for clearer internationally accepted certification. IDSA had a world-wide membership and had already developed a training standard and a process towards auditing.

    The aims of both organisations are well aligned and were to provide common training standards to facilitate the free movement of diving personnel internationally and obtain recognition by stakeholders (employers, clients, governments and training establishments and other representative bodies).

    The proposed method of achieving these aims was to develop an appropriate programme and transitional arrangements using IDSA diver training standards. This in turn would lead to IMCA accepting the IDSA qualification; and IDSA members issuing IDSA diver training cards.

    IMCA says considerable progress has been made, but IDSA and IMCA now believe that the aims cannot be achieved in the anticipated timescale, not least because of a lack of the wide support from some of the stakeholders. Both organisations consider that the buy-in of all stakeholders is central to the successful development of the programme.

    IDSA and IMCA have decided to suspend the programme development, pending reconsideration of the best way forward. Both organisations still believe the aims remain valid.

    In the meantime, IDSA and IMCA continue their dialogue and discussions with the stakeholders.

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