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A project manager is the person who has the overall responsibility for the successful initiation, planning, execution and closure of a project. This title is used in the construction industry, architecture, information technology and many different occupations that are based on production of a product or service. In occupational diving, it generally refers to a manager who has responsibility for getting diving-related projects planned, implemented and closed-out successfully.

The successful project manager must possess a combination of skills including an ability to ask penetrating questions, detect unstated assumptions and resolve interpersonal conflicts as well as more systematic management skills.

Key amongst the managers duties is the recognition that risk directly impacts the likelihood of success and that this risk must be both formally and informally measured throughout the lifetime of the project.

Developed in conjunction with the industry (including construction contractors, military, scientific and police managers), it is intended to enhance a diver’s employment prospects, and provide employers with access to personnel with real and credible skills generally not currently available in the diving work force.

Designed to appeal to ‘get ahead’ divers who want to develop a career at the managerial level involved in the planning, implementation, direction and supervision of commercial diving projects, the award will offer positive value to personnel involved in construction, scientific, fisheries, police and military diving activities.

Aims and Outcomes

The ADAS Dive Project Management course is a nationally recognised qualification at an advanced level, with an emphasis on practical application of skills in a business environment. Outcomes are:

  • Diploma of Hyperbaric Operations (Projects and estimating), National Code 11038NAT – for candidates who are already qualified dive supervisors, or
  • Diploma of Hyperbaric Operations (Management and contracts), National Code 11038NAT – for candidates who work in the diving industry and have a diploma level or above qualification in business, management, projects or engineering

The course will provide working dive supervisors with project management skills and would be particularly relevant to any divers starting their own business or managing a diving division. It is also relevant to people working in a business/project support role in a diving organisation at a management level.

It will:

  • Further develop and/or polish your professional leadership and management abilities
  • Provide you with project-management skills including man-hour and cost estimating, preparing tender documents, project implementation and reporting, managing client relationships and personnel
  • Develop your risk management skills in relation to overall sustainable organisational development and project-based risk
  • Develop your customer service awareness and skills to ensure ongoing client satisfaction and increase the probability of repeat business.

Who Should do this Course?

Individuals who:

  • Are already working in the diving industry undertaking technically and physically challenging project work
  • Are dealing with the commercial realities of obtaining work and satisfying industry standards to ensure ongoing work
  • Enjoy people and project management and would like to develop their dive industry career in this direction
  • Are considering a major change to their employment arrangements and career path, such as shifting from military/police diving to construction/offshore industry
  • Are interested in starting or further developing their own business within the diving industry.

Course Structure

The course will be structured around a combination of:

  • Formal face-to-face teaching
  • Directed study and completion of directed course workbook-based material
  • Research projects
  • Project-based work (such as preparing a full tender for a job, based on an identified business with nominated characteristics – e.g. personnel, facilities, resources, experience, etc).

The course is intended to be conducted over a 12 month period. Part of the course will be self-paced and the length (by negotiation) determined by the efforts of the students.

Further Information and Contact Details

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