ADAS certification is awarded to individuals who demonstrate that they meet the competencies detailed in the ADAS competency requirements. ADAS certification brings with it a number of responsibilities and the following provisions are based on the recognition that ADAS certification is conditional upon the certified person operating safely and sensibly within the law at all times; or where there is no specific legislation, in compliance with recognised standards and/or codes of practice. These measures are designed to ensure that the present high level of professional standing of ADAS and ADAS certificate holders is maintained.
ADAS certificate holders are certified on the basis that they must operate in compliance with relevant legislation and/or standards. Certification may be suspended or cancelled if certificate holders are proved to be operating unsafely or illegally. ADAS Certificates of Competency (licence) are only valid for diving if certificate holders are certified “medically fit to dive” in accordance with AS/NZS 2299.1:2007 or approved international equivalent, and are in possession of an Occupational Diving Medical Certificate issued by a medical practitioner trained in underwater medicine by an organisation acceptable to ADAS. This condition does not apply to ADAS certification for Diving Supervisors, Life Support Technicians, Life Support Supervisors, etc, when those persons are not required to dive. Certification is for five years, other than Diver Medical Technician which is for two years, from the date of issue. After that time, certificate holders must apply for renewal of their certification based on demonstration of continued proficiency at the level of competency for which they are certified.
Certification will be renewed on the basis of the applicant certifying that he/she has retained their operating competency over the previous period of certification. Applicants may be required to provide ADAS with evidence of current competency (e.g. by log book and/or similar evidence demonstrating current practice in diving and/or other relevant activities). As a minimum, this will generally be:
Acceptable alternatives could be:
Applicants who cannot fulfil any of these criteria should contact ADAS to discuss their situation prior to applying for renewal.
ADAS will conduct random audits of renewing applicants and require such verification.
An inability to satisfactorily certify and/or demonstrate such competency will result in the certificate holder being required to undertake an approved form of currency updating or, failing this, to surrender his/her Certificate of Competency (see below). The applicant is required to supply a ‘Declaration of Applicant’ as attached to the renewal application form certifying that they are current in the practical and theoretical skills and knowledge relevant to their level of ADAS certification as identified in the ADAS competency requirements. ADAS requires applicants to apply for renewal of their ADAS licence by the date of expiry on the licence held. Failure to do so renders the certificate holder’s certification invalid and details are removed from the active data base. Re-issue of certification may incur a rejoining fee to cover the administrative expenses involved in reinstating divers on the database, processing late applications, and verifying continued proficiency evidence which the applicant is required to provide at the level of the ADAS licence being renewed.
Applications received beyond the date of expiry of the ADAS licence are processed as follows:
ADAS may suspend or cancel a certificate of competency if it is satisfied that the holder of the certificate:
Before suspending or cancelling a Certificate of Competency, ADAS will:
The Grievance Policy within the ADAS Code of Practice will provide more detail. Applicants who are unsuccessful may seek redress through civil legal action.
If, after having regard to any representations made by the holder of the certificate, ADAS decides to proceed with the proposed suspension or cancellation, ADAS will inform the certificate holder in writing by registered mail to their last known address:
The suspension or cancellation takes effect on the date on which notice of the suspension or cancellation is served on the certificate holder by registered mail at their last known address, or on any other later date which is specified in the notice.
ADAS may inform others (the certificate holder’s employer, other contractors, State/Territory regulators, etc) of certificates that are cancelled or suspended.
The holder of an ADAS Certificate of Competency that is cancelled must return the certificate to ADAS within the period specified in the notice of cancellation.