Occupational diving certificate of competence application

Find out about applying for an occupational diving Certificate of Competence.

The web form has been removed temporarily while we make a couple of fixes. It will be back soon. For now please use the PDF form below to apply for your certificate of competence.

Occupational diving is defined as diving that is carried out at work for gain or reward. It involves the diver breathing gases (usually air) at greater than atmospheric pressure under water. Occupational divers who work underwater are required to hold a Certificate of Competence (CoC) issued by us.

If you work underwater as a diver breathing compressed gas from any source then you need to apply for a CoC from us.

For more information see Working as an occupational diver

We require applicants for an occupational diving Certificate of Competence (CoC) to

  • have a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of diving and practices that must be followed to enable diving to take place safely with both of these evidenced through relevant diving qualifications
  • hold a current dive medical clearance and have passed a full medical from a designated dive doctor
  • have completed  recent training relevant to their occupation in the last two years
  • have completed recent experience in diving by providing dive logs (at least 12 dives within the last 2 years) for each CoC category applied for
  • provide current and previous employer details (if employed or contracted to a business in the diving industry)
  • provide their contact details and a recent passport type photo of themselves
  • be of good character and reputation
  • provide a professional reference from a referee

Before applying for an occupational diving CoC a diver is required to attain:

  1. A medical examination from a Designated Diving Doctor (DDD)
  • completed in the last 12 months for new and renewals of existing CoCs
  • completed in the last 5 years for adding categories to an existing CoC

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  1. A current diving medical clearance from Diving Hyperbaric Medical Service (DHMS) in Auckland - meaning
  • for new and renewals of existing CoCs - the expiry date must be greater than 6 months from the date of application
  • for adding categories to an existing CoC - the diving medical clearance must not have expired at time of application

After a diver has been medically examined by a DDD they are required:

  1. To apply to Diving Hyperbaric Medical Service online(external link) to attain a diving medical clearance including
  • providing completed medical examination papers within 28 days
  • complete the annual ‘occupational diver medical questionnaire’
  • pay the appropriate fee.
  1. The diver will receive notice from the DHMS and if medically fit to dive, a medical clearance will be issued.

Occupational divers are able to apply for a Certificate of Competence (CoC)

  • as a new applicant
  • as an applicant renewing an existing CoC before it expires
  • as an applicant adding an additional category or categories to an existing CoC*
  • as an applicant applying for a replacement CoC if they have misplaced or lost their existing CoC*

(* Note: applicants for additions or replacements for a CoC that expires within the next 12 months must apply for a Renewal).

What you are required to provide when applying for a new CoC or renewal of your current CoC

  • a current DHMS dive medical clearance that must be attained within 6 months of applying for a CoC
  • a full medical that must be attained within 12  months of applying for a CoC
  • confirm each CoC category you are applying for
  • qualifications details relevant to each CoC category you are applying for
  • current and one previous employer details (if you  have worked or contracted for) in the diving industry
  • recent diving experience details for each category applied for.
  • training details associated to diving completed in the last two years
  • personal contact details plus a passport type photo
  • a referee’s details plus a professional reference
  • a good character and reputation declaration

What you are required to provide when applying for an additional category to your current CoC 

  • a current DHMS dive medical clearance plus full medical date that must be attained within the last 5 years of applying for a CoC
  • confirm each additional CoC category you are applying for
  • qualifications details relevant to each CoC category you are applying for
  • diving experience details for each  additional category applied for.
  • personal contact details plus an optional passport type photo
  • a good character and reputation declaration

What you are required to provide when applying for a replacement CoC 

  • confirm each CoC category you currently hold
  • personal and contact details plus an optional passport type photo
  • a good character and reputation declaration

Providing supporting evidence

For all documents and files emailed to support your application we ask you to try to keep the items legible to read while keeping the file size reasonable. Please be aware we have a restriction of a maximum file size of 10 Mb for each file and a total combined file size of 14.5 Mb.

If you can’t keep your files under these sizes you can confirm to send these to us separately via email or post.

Personal photo requirements

  • Where applicable a recent photo of the CoC applicant is required that must be a portrait photo, at least 900 px wide by 1200 px high, only shows the applicants face in full view, have no background shadow, hats, hoods and headscarves.
  • you can check the photo meets the requirements of an acceptable passport photo format(external link)

We will evaluate the occupational diving CoC application based in the details provided and the supporting evidence including

  • the qualifications for each CoC category applied for,
  • logs of at least 12 dives within the last 2 years per category applied for. Additional dives and dives outside that period can be included to support your application
  • recent training completed in the last two years. This can be confirmed with your qualifications if these were completed in the last two years.
    Examples can include diver courses, first aid, CPR, O2 admin, HUET, u/w welding, Chamber/LST, Supervisor or other occupational diving related training.

Documentation required based on the CoC category applied for

  • Aquaculture
    • PADI, SDI, SSI or equivalent accreditation as a rescue diver
    • aquaculture dive logs in the last two years
    • aquaculture training

OR

experience and / or training showing 2 night dives, 4 deep dives, 2 navigational dives, 2 search and recovery dives & 15 hours of supervised aquaculture diving over 20 dives.

  • Construction Part 1 - SCUBA to 30 metres
    • ADAS, HSE, IMCA card or equivalent accreditation
    • your SCUBA dive logs to 30m in the last two years
  • Construction Part 2 - SSBA to 30 metres including underwater tools and equipment
    • ADAS, HSE, IMCA card or equivalent accreditation
    • your SSBA dive logs to 30m in the last two years
  • Construction Part 2 - (Restricted) SSBA to 30 metres where underwater tools and equipment are not required.
    • ADAS, HSE, IMCA card/s or equivalent accreditation
    • SSBA dive logs to 30m in the last two years
  • Construction Part 3 - SSBA to 50 metres and chamber operation
    • ADAS, HSE, IMCA card or equivalent accreditation
    • SSBA dive logs to 50 m or doing decompression and chamber dives in the last two years
  • Construction Part 4 - Bell diving
    • your ADAS, HSE, IMCA card or equivalent accreditation
    • bell and saturation diving in the last two years
  • Film and Photographic
    • PADI, SDI, SSI or equivalent accreditation as a rescue diver
    • dive logs for film and photographic industry diving in the last two years
    • film and photographic training

OR

experience and / or training showing 2 night dives, 4 deep dives, 2 navigational dives, 2 search and recovery dives & 15 hours of supervised film and photographic diving over 20 dives.

  • Instructor / Tutor
    • PADI, SDI, SSI or equivalent accreditation as a dive leader or instructor
    • dive logs for dive leader or instructor diving in the last two years
    • current dive leader or instructor status
    • PADI Pro, SSI Odin, SDI student list or equivalent
  • Tourism
    • PADI, SDI, SSI or equivalent accreditation as a rescue diver
    • dive logs of tourism diving in the last two years
    • experience and / or training showing 2 night dives, 4 deep dives, 2 navigational dives, 2 search and recovery dives & 15 hours of supervised tourism diving over 20 dives

The non-refundable payment fee is based on the CoC application type you are applying for

  • new CoC application -  fee is NZD $92.00 including GST
  • renewal  of an existing CoC application - fee is NZD $57.50 including GST (renewal s are on a 5-yearly basis)
  • addition or one or more categories to an existing  CoC - fee is NZD $57.50 including GST
  • replacement of an existing CoC  - fee is NZD $57.50 including GST.

No application is processed until the payment and all required documentation is received. 

 

We aim to process Certificates of Competence (CoC) applications within 20 working days of receipt of a complete application.

Once we receive payment you will be sent a tax invoice via email as the receipt for the application fee.

If we approve your CoC application, you will be sent a notification email with your confirmation letter and then approximately 2 weeks later the CoC card will be sent to your postal address.

If there is further information or clarification required about your CoC application we will be in touch with you by email or phone.

Any questions should be directed to occdiving@worksafe.govt.nz.

Application for diving certificate of competency  (PDF 142 KB)