Commercial Scuba Diving Operations


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Programme Overview Programme Overview

This programme prepares the learners to work as commercial divers.   Anyone working as a diver must hold a Commercial Divers Certificate of Training.

Overview of what is covered in the programme

Programme Information Programme Information

Next Programme Dates


Who is the Programme for



National Fisheries College of Ireland (NFCI),
Co. Cork



Four weeks full time


Training Methodology

The Commercial SCUBA Diver course is the foundation programme for all commercial diver training. It covers the requisite dive theory and practices that are fundamental to commercial diving operations. Students will learn the principals of basic scuba equipment and how to use it in a commercial setting, with the addition of simple communication systems and the safety protocols, that define commercial diving.

Divers learn how to work underwater in a range of environments and how to use core tools to complete their underwater tasks. Diver search and recovery, rescue, underwater photography, use of hand tools, survey and inspection, dive tendering, communications are some of the  elements covered during the course.



QQI Level 6, 15 Credit, Special Purpose Award in Commercial Scuba Diving Operations.

The BIM Commercial Diving course is the only course in Ireland approved by the HSE UK. Under SI 254 Safety Health and Welfare at Work (diving) Regulations 2018.


Entry Requirements



Candidates can progress to Surface Supplied Diving Operations Certificate.

Employment Opportunities

Prepare divers for working inshore as a commercial diver. With experience and training, commercial divers can continue their career within the aquaculture industry.



Written exam and practical assessment

Skills demonstration 50%

Examination – theory 40%

Portfolio/collection of work 10%




Grant Aid

Funding applications are invited here on the BIM grants portal.

Grant-aid for up to 50% of the course fees and learner support costs are available for adults already working in the seafood sector.

For more Information contact

National Fisheries College of Ireland (Cork)

Castletownbere, Co Cork