720X - Diving Officer CWO

Designator Description


Officer technical specialists in the fields of underwater ship's husbandry, ship salvage, and undersea research and development with practical experience in one or more of these areas. They plan, supervise, and direct the activities of enlisted divers in the performance of diving duties. They develop, coordinate, and administer diving training programs. When assigned to auxiliary ships of the surface and submarine fleets, they may also perform collateral duty in the ship's repair department when assigned by the commanding officer. They assign and coordinate the activities of all personnel, divers and non-divers, under their command. They may serve as, but are not limited to serving as, basic diving officers, mixed gas diving officers, salvage diving officers, and deep sea diving officers, diving instructor at diving training centers, or in various staff billets.

Voluntary Education

Voluntary Education

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Collateral Duty / Out of Rate Assignments

Navy collateral duties/out of rate assignments play a vital role in the day-to-day operations and duties that Officers and Enlisted Sailors perform. Certifications and licenses are also available in these collateral duties/out of rate assignments, so please go to the Collateral Duty/Out of Rate Assignments search feature (under the Navigator) and explore more opportunities to get certified.

Opportunities Related to Academic Degrees

Out of rate or designator requests for exam funding for credentials related to an earned academic degree or a semester course may also be funded if it can be directly related to an industry certification or state license.

For example, if you have a degree in Human Resources but are serving as a Culinary Specialist, you can get funding for a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.

If the completed degree is not in the Sailor's Joint Service Transcript (JST), the Sailor must provide proof of completion with the Voucher Request Form, OPNAV 1500/57 for funding approval. The requested credential must be included on the Navy COOL website, and the Sailor must meet all other eligibility requirements.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Prior Rate or Designator Sailors

If you have cross-rated or redesignated, you now are eligible for certifications and licenses mapped to your prior rating or designator. The “Navy Bucks” icon on the Navy COOL page for your previous position/rate indicates which certifications and licenses may be funded.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities Related to Off-Duty or Command-Sponsored Training

If you can document that you have completed an on- or off-duty training course that fully prepares you for a civilian certification or license, you may now be eligible to have it funded.

For example, if you took a Command-sponsored Emergency Medical Technician course, you may be eligible for funding for an EMT Basic credential.

The requested credential must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

College course completion must be annotated in your Joint Service Transcript. Formal off-duty or command-sponsored training should be visible in your Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ). In lieu of an ETJ entry (where training cannot be entered into the ETJ) you will need to submit some form of, proof of completion (a certificate of completion from the course/training is sufficient). If neither of the previously mentioned methods of validating proof of completion are available, then a command correspondence (such as a command letter, memo, or PG-13 form) describing the training along with the OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Opportunities for Navy Reservists

If you are a Navy Reservist, officer or enlisted, you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to your civilian occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks icon to be funded.

To validate your civilian occupation, you will need a screen shot from Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (NSIPS) showing the Civilian Occupational Code. Please send the NSIPS screenshot with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

In lieu of NSIPS documentation you may also submit a command endorsed and executed NAVPERS 1070/613 (PG-13) Administrative Remarks form noting your civilian occupation along with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form). You must sign the PG-13.

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Prior Other-Service Occupation

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials related to prior other-Service (Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard) occupation. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your prior other-Service occupation, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a document (e.g. DD-214; or Military Service School completion certificate; or other document) showing your other-Service occupation. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

Credentials Earned & Maintained Prior to Joining the Navy

If you are Navy (Active or Reserve), you may now be eligible for funding for credentials that were earned, and maintained, prior to entering the Navy. The certification or license must have relevance to the needs of the Navy, and must appear on Navy COOL, although it does not need to show the Navy Bucks Navy Bucks icon icon to be funded.

To validate your earned & maintained credential, you will need to provide Navy COOL with a scanned or emailed document (e.g. credential certificate document, screenshot from your credential dashboard, digital badge, etc…) showing the credential earned and maintained. Please send the document (scanned & emailed) with your OPNAV 1500/57 Professional Certification and Licensing Voucher Request (COOL Voucher Request Form).

As with any credential, you must meet all other eligibility criteria and the certification or license vendors' requirements.

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Click here to go to Air Diver COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Air Diver, also called the Surface-Supplied Air Diver, certification is recommended for newer intermediate-level commercial divers. Applicants must have achieved the ADCI Entry Level Tender/Diver certification prior to pursuing the Air Diver credential. In addition to the expectations of Entry Level Divers, Air Divers must have adequate knowledge, training and familiarization with all life-support and equipment designated to diving operations; read, understand and comply with all employer's policies and governmental regulations; accomplish all tasks assigned by the diving supervisor; and have reviewed and be familiar with the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), plus other expectations. Air Divers must meet specific training and experience requirements as well.

Click here to go to Mixed Gas Diver COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Mixed Gas Diver certification is recommended for intermediate-level commercial divers. Applicants must have achieved the ADCI Entry Level Tender/Diver, and ADCI Air Diver certifications prior to pursuing the Mixed Gas Diver credential. In addition to the expectations of the earlier level divers, Mixed Gas Divers accomplish all tasks assigned by the diving supervisor; have adequate knowledge, training and familiarization with all life-support and equipment designated to the diving operations; read, understand and comply with all employer's policies and governmental regulations; ensure that the deepest depth attained during the dive has been established before the ascent; safely transition from the water to the decompression chamber without avoidable delay; plus other expectations. Mixed Gas Diver must meet training and experience requirements as well.

Click here to go to Mixed Gas Diving Supervisor COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Mixed Gas Diving Supervisor certification is recommended for intermediate-level commercial divers. Applicants must have achieved the ADCI Entry Level Tender/Diver, ADCI Air Diver, and ADCI Mixed Gas Diver certifications prior to pursuing the Mixed Gas Diving Supervisor credential. In addition to the expectations of the earlier level divers, Mixed Gas Diving Supervisors ensure that the diving equipment designated for use is suitable for the planned operation, compliant with regulatory requirements for the diving mode used and inspected prior to each dive and is in good working order; ensure that all relevant operating instructions, manuals, decompression tables, treatment schedules and regulatory publications are available at the dive location and are maintained to reflect current changes and/or developments; ensure the detailed briefing of diving team and support personnel, includes disclosure of tasks to be undertaken and unusual hazards or environmental conditions; make modifications to standard procedures to meet safety needs; plus other expectations. Mixed Gas Diving Supervisors must meet training and experience requirements as well.

Click here to go to Bell/Saturation Diver COOL Snapshot page.

The Bell/Saturation Diver certification is recommended for advanced-level commercial divers. Applicants must have achieved the ADCI Entry Level Tender/Diver, ADCI Air Diver, and ADCI Mixed Gas Diver and certifications prior to pursuing the Bell/Saturation Diver credential. In addition to the expectations of the earlier level divers, Bell/Saturation Divers assist in the training of new personnel or tender/divers; accomplish all tasks assigned by the diving supervisor; have adequate knowledge, training and familiarization with all life-support and equipment designated to the diving operations; read, understand and comply with all employer's policies and governmental regulations; ensure that the deepest depth attained during the dive has been established before the ascent; safely transition from the water to the decompression chamber without avoidable delay; plus other expectations. Bell/Saturation Diver must meet training and experience requirements as well.

Click here to go to Bell/Saturation Diving Supervisor COOL Snapshot page.

The Bell/Saturation Diving Supervisor certification is recommended for highly advanced-level commercial divers. Applicants must have achieved the ADCI Entry Level Tender/Diver, ADCI Air Diver, ADCI Mixed Gas Diver, ADCI Mixed Gas Diving Supervisor, and ADCI Bell/Saturation Diver certifications prior to pursuing the Bell/Saturation Diving Supervisor credential. In addition to the expectations of the earlier level divers, Bell/Saturation Diving Supervisors; while on duty, be in immediate control and available to implement emergency procedures; ensure diving operations are carried out from a suitable and safe location on the surface; develop or modify and produce pre- and post-dive checklists for the operation; develop and implement emergency/contingency procedures; plus other expectations. Bell/Saturation Diving Supervisors must meet training and experience requirements as well.

Click here to go to Air Diver Supervisor COOL Snapshot page.

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Air Diving Supervisor, also called the Surface-Supplied Air Diving Supervisor, certification is recommended for newer intermediate commercial divers. Applicants must have achieved the ADCI Air Diver certification prior to pursuing the Air Diving Supervisor credential. In addition to the expectations of Air Divers, Air Diving Supervisors must be fully cognizant of all relevant governmental regulations that apply to the diving operation and basic safe operations; see that all rules and regulations are followed; have adequate knowledge, training and familiarization with all life-support and ancillary equipment designated to the diving operations; be in immediate control and available to implement emergency procedures, plus other expectations. Air Diving Supervisors must meet specific training and experience requirements as well. ADCI supervisor certifications require taking an exam.

Click here to go to Saturation Technician COOL Snapshot page.

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In Demand

This certification is considered in demand. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsored CareerOneStop's analysis indicates the certification is frequently mentioned in online job postings.

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Navy Bucks

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GI Bill®

Reimbursement for exam fees has been approved for payment through the GI Bill.

Note: GI Bill approval data is updated quarterly. For the latest information, visit the WEAMS Licenses/Certifications Search page. Make sure to select "Both" in the LAC Category Type drop-down before searching.

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Some

Credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the rating (at least one critical task but less than 80%)

Most

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

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

High

Highly attainable: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the mimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Medium

Moderate ease of attainment: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Low

May be difficult to attain: Credential is related to the duties performed within the military occupation, the minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Most – Tasks in these careers match most duties of the military job or specialty (approximately 80% or greater)
Some – Tasks in these careers match some duties of the military job or specialty (greater than 20% but less than 80%)
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Registered Apprenticeship

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