Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI)

Entry Level Tender/Diver


Credential: Entry Level Tender/Diver
Credentialing Agency: Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI)

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI), Entry Level Tender/Diver certification is recommended for entry-level commercial divers and diver tenders. ADCI requires meeting education, experience, training, and physical requirements. Professional entry-level divers and diver tenders have skills and abilities to continuously tending a diver, preparing and supporting a dive until its completion, supporting in-water decompression, assisting divers in dressing and undressing, confirming that the diver's equipment is functioning properly, informing the diving supervisor that the diver is ready, and other activities.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Entry Level Tender/Diver

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 2 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI)

5206 Cypress Creek Parkway
Suite 202
Houston, TX  77069

Phone: (281) 893-8388

Fax: (281) 893-5118
Email: nancy@adc-int.org

Applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Applicant must submit a formal commercial diver training certificate of completion from an accredited commercial dive school within the past 24 months.

Applicant must have at least 625 hours of documented hours of formal instruction in subjects set forth in the ANSI/ACDE-01-2015 requirement.

The Entry Level Tender/Diver credential has the following other requirements:

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old.
  • Applicant must maintain Red Cross certification in First Aid and CPR.
  • Applicant must meet comprehensive ADCI Medical Requirements. For further information visit ADCI Consensus Standards Medical Requirements Sections 2.3-4.
  • Applicant must submit documentation of course completion along with copies of diving logs with the application. Diving proficiency establishes the required minimum number of open-water working dives required to obtain various designations. All dives must be performed during a 24-month period immediately prior to issuance of the designation. Work must be performed during each dive with proper supervision. All dives must have a minimum of 20 minutes bottom time. A number of shorter-duration dives may be combined to equal one dive of the required 20-minute bottom time.

Practical Exam

  • Continuously tend a diver
  • Preparate and support the dive until its completion
  • Support any in-water decompression as required
  • Assist the diver in dressing and undressing
  • Confirm that the diver’s equipment is functioning properly and inform the diving supervisor that the diver is ready
  • Tend the diver’s umbilical (keeping at least one hand on the umbilical at all times) and be aware of the diver’s depth and location at all times. Set up and operate all equipment as directed by the diving supervisor, DPIC or his or her representative
  • Perform routine maintenance on diving equipment
  • Repair such equipment as he or she is qualified to check-out to repair
  • Assist in topside work as required or directed
  • Be alert for and immediately report conditions that may be hazardous or unsafe
  • First aid and CPR
  • Properly operate a decompression chamber as required for decompression or treatment as directed
  • Maintain communication with the chamber occupants
  • Perform tasks as a diver or standby diver when directed by the supervisor. A tender/diver who dives shall be subject to the duties and responsibilities of a diver within the limitations of his or her assignment
  • When required, ride the chamber with the diver during decompression or treatment. This inside tender/diver must be familiar with and alert for the symptoms of oxygen toxicity
  • Report to the diving supervisor any recent medical treatment or illness so that a proper determination can be made concerning fitness and/or ability to dive
  • Immediately report all symptoms or suspected symptoms of DCS to the diving supervisor as early and accurately as possible
  • Report to the diving supervisor any defect or malfunction of the diving equipment provided for the diving operation
  • Maintain a diver log book documenting all hyperbaric exposures

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Entry Level Tender/Diver examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Entry Level Tender/Diver credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Entry Level Tender/Diver

Renewal Period: 2 years

The Entry Level Tender/Diver credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Entry Level Tender/Diver Certification is renewed every 2 years; to maintain the certification, it is required that fees are paid and that the application is submitted.

    Note, often as ADCI certified divers gain experience, higher level certifications are earned. All ADCI diver certifications require that the lower level certification is earned prior to receiving any advanced level diving certification.
  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current year, no arrears will be paid. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

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Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

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May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

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High

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