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Studies in Professional Diving

We offer a one-year vocational training program for professional divers, and hold a number of courses of shorter duration.

The one-year program is a vocational training, which provides most certificates needed as a professional diver. In addition to training in most forms of commercial diving, the curriculum includes diving physics, dive medicine, construction works, underwater blasting, hot work, salvage and pipe laying, and core subjects like mathematics and language.

Comercial Diving

A commercial diver works both above and below the watermark. Much of the work takes place on land, but when needed, the diver enters the water!

The Diver Education at Bergen University College is a vocational training which provides most certificates needed for commercial diving (except closed bell diving).

The Diver Education teaches you many different diving methods and forms of underwater work. You also learn how to be an effective member of a diving team.

A professional diver is active, accurate and has good interpersonal skills. It is an advantage if you are handy person, like challenges, and are willing to take the initiative. A professional diver is primarily a professional who performs work under water.

To be admitted to the program, you must pass a selection, which includes the Cooper test and a medical examination. A professional diver must have good physical and mental health. It is an advantage to have relevant professional qualifications and/or relevant professional experience. Experience in diving is not mandatory.

Where can you get a job?

As a diver, you will be involved in construction and inspection work on bridges, quays, pipelines, and oil and gas installations. Other tasks include salvage of shipwrecks, service on fish farms and registration of marine archaeological findings.

Occupational diving in Norway has two directions, inshore and offshore diving. This curriculum covers both.

Which qualifications will you gain?

This is a vocational training, which provides most certificates needed as professional diver:

  • Norwegian Diving Card B, basic safety training in diving.
  • Basic inspection diving.
  • Certificate of Competence in construction diving.
  • The education qualifies for admission to in-house training at the Fire Brigade or at a Rescue Corps (module C), providing Diving Card A + R, Rescue Diving.
  • Theoretical part inshore diving supervisor.
  • Theoretical part underwater blasting technique.
  • Certificate of competence for hot work safety.
  • Certificate of Competence 40 hour HSE training for health and safety representatives.

The education

In addition to education in common commercial diving techniques, you will learn about diving physics, physiology, diving medicine, first aid, decompression, equipment, rules and regulations, HSE, seamanship, search methods and dive management. You will also learn about construction work, underwater blasting, hot work, salvage, pipe laying and general subjects.

How will you learn?

The theoretical tuition takes place in a classroom and via itsLearning. You can use your own laptop with Wi-Fi. The practical exercises will start in our indoor pool and continues with exercises in the sea from dive stations at the quayside and from our vessel.