With over 350 supervisors now certificated by ADC, it is hoped that members will endeavour to use only ADC certificated Supervisors on their diving projects throughout the UK.
Whilst it is not the remit of the Association to insist that members use only ADC certificated Supervisors, it is hoped that the scheme has helped in raising the competency, profile and importance of the role of the Diving Supervisor and the continued use of ADC certificated supervisors will seek to encourage further improvements in safety performance that have been noted in recent years.
When approached for help or support, the ADC Secretary will continue to encourage client groups to adopt the use of ADC Members and ADC Certificated supervisors on their projects, as one way ensuring that some of their responsibilities under the Diving at Work Regulations are properly discharged.
From the 1st of January 2011, the Secretary was requested to update the existing Supervisors Scheme to reflect some of the changes that have occurred over the previous 10 years. This update has refreshed the entry requirements for the scheme, updating the exam papers and raising the pass mark for exams to 80%, a level consistent with that adopted in other elements of diver training. The publication of an Issue 2 version of the ADC Supervisor Manual was completed and this is now in general circulation.
In addition to the refreshing of the scheme, all ADC certificated Supervisors are now required to complete annual CPD, continuing professional development, in an effort to ensure that the remain aware of the changes and developments that occur in diving and general health & safety legislation. By completing a CPD session provided on line by ADC or completing any task specific training with the contractors for whom they work ensures that their supervisor certification remains valid.