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    IMCA publishes new edition of diver supervisor publication

    Publications // May 17, 2007

    A new edition of “IMCA Offshore Diving Supervisor and Life Support Technician Schemes” has been published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA). This latest revision reflects the continuing focus on competence of offshore diving supervisors and identifies minor changes in the examination application procedures.

    “Our new document sets out and clarifies the criteria for becoming a trainee diving supervisor, including the need to demonstrate competence as a diver; the time interval allowed between successful completion of an approved training course and sitting the IMCA examination; and changes to the training requirements for bell divers to be appointed as assistant,” explained IMCA’s technical director, Jane Bugler. 

    “This documentation is relevant worldwide. IMCA has 365 member companies in 45 countries, and its diving guidelines  and diving schemes are highly respected and recognised globally.  Certification is offered to suitable offshore air and bell diving supervisors and life support technicians who have followed the process of initial training, experience at trainee/assistant level, then, following nomination by their employer to sit and successfully pass the relevant IMCA examinations,” she added.

    All applications for examination entry must come from the candidate’s current (or most recent) employing diving contractor and be signed by the company’s nominated authorised signatory (i.e. the safety/ diving operations manager or person of similar standing), who should submit the application directly to the IMCA Certification Schemes Administrator, Vicki Graham, at least fourteen days before the proposed exam date. Once a candidate has been accepted to sit, either the company or candidate contacts Vicki Graham to arrange a date and venue for the exam.

    It is possible to sit IMCA exams in most countries, and dates are arranged on an ‘as-required’ basis and, wherever possible, are arranged to suit the candidate. Companies (and candidates, where possible) are advised of the results as soon as they are known and certificates are usually issued within 28 days.  In the case of failure, companies and candidates are advised of the procedures for re-sitting (at least 30 days from date of failure).

    Further information on all aspects of the certification scheme are available from IMCA at Copies of the new document (IMCA D 013 Rev.3) cost £5 for members and £10 for non-members and are available from IMCA at 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0)20 7824 5521; and can be ordered online.


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