National Certificate in Diving (Instruction)

Academy of Diving Trust

Subject area

Sports Coaching, Playing, Officiating and Instructing


20 Weeks

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

This national certificate recognises the skills of an experienced diving instructor in speciality areas. Holders of this qualification will have demonstrated competence in:
. planning diving activities
. providing the overall instruction required during a diving activity
. instructing clients on specialist dive courses, in rescue diving, night diving underwater navigation, diving off boats, and search and recovery diving
. maintaining client safety.

This qualification has been structured to recognise the diversity in diving workplaces and the nature of work that they undertake. To reflect this, the qualification includes an elective section where candidates are able to choose unit standards relevant to their workplace or career aspirations, eg aquaculture, underwater photography, film and television, recreation, adult education and training, engineering, emergency management, construction, boat building, marine science, maritime, retail, and tourism.

This qualification focuses on the technical and general skills required by diving instructors and builds on the skills and knowledge recognised by the National Certificate in Diving (Foundation Skills) (Level 3) [Ref: 1321] and the National Certificate in Diving (Leadership) (Level 4) [Ref: 1322]. The compulsory unit standards will allow entry to further training in the Underwater Construction such as the National Diploma in Diving (Occupational) (Level 5) [Ref: 1008], Scientific, Recreational Instruction, and Dive Tourism sectors of the industry.

The National Certificate in Diving (Instruction) (Level 6) [Ref: 1323] can enable people to gain employment within the dive tourism sector as a dive instructor.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Prerequisite: National Certificate in Diving (Leadership) (Level 4), or demonstration of equivalent knowledge and skills. Must have passed a current diving medical exam undertaken by a Doctor or Physician. This medical must remain valid for the duration of the course of study.

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


20 Weeks

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$7,963 $7,963
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$2,732 $2,732
Total $10,694 $10,694

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings $33,036
Earnings range $23,830 - $41,054
In employment 61%
In further study 32%
On a benefit 3%

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (06) 356 1665
Fax: (06) 354 1978

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Where does this information come from?

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The MyQ data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on responses to the MyQ survey provided by recent graduates of this qualification.

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