IMCA launches approval process for ROV introductory training courses
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09 March 2023
Following an increase in false certificates in circulation claiming to offer International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) approved ROV training courses, IMCA has introduced a new scheme to address the safety concerns of this unauthorised activity.
The new approval process will mean that training providers who wish to offer IMCA approved courses will be required to apply for T2 ROV membership. Current T2 ROV members will need to have submitted the application and submission by 30 June 2023, with the audits completed by the end of the year.
Once fully approved, courses and their providers, will be listed on IMCA’s website alongside other approved courses.
Commenting on the new approval for ROV introductory training courses, Andre Rose, Technical Adviser – Remote Systems and ROV, Offshore Survey, Digitalisation, said: "IMCA is committed to ensuring the highest standards of training and competence in the offshore ROV Industry. With the introduction of this new scheme for approval of ROV Introductory Training courses, we are taking proactive steps to address concerns around false certificates.
"In re-emphasising the content of IMCA R 002 – Requirements for IMCA-Approved ROV Introductory Training Courses, we will ensure all new technicians are sourced from an appropriate background and are firmly grounded in the basics of the industry, prior to undergoing more advanced training.
"This scheme will not only provide the industry with a verifiable standard, but enhance the credibility of ROV training courses, and ultimately improve safety in our sector."
As a result of the introduction of this new approval scheme for ROV introductory training course providers, IMCA has updated its procedures and introduced a standardised approach for all approved course types, supported with expanded course specific guidance.