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For people who do not speak English, ADAS has developed material to allow ADAS courses to be delivered and assessed in languages other than English.  People who undertake a course in a language other than English will receive an ADAS licence with their language shown on the front of the card.

To date, ADAS has trained and assessed courses in the following languages:

  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Malay
  • Russian
  • Thai
  • Turkish

ADAS Accredited Training Establishments (ATEs) have facilities to not only provide non-English training and assessment, but are also able to provide training support to students if required.

Gaining an English Language Certification

People who hold a non-English language certification and wish to convert to an English certification are able to do so by undertaking an exam with the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

IELTS offers two categories of exam: Academic or General Training.  Either of these is acceptable for both divers and diving supervisors wishing to have an NEL restriction removed from their ADAS card/s.  Applicants will need to gain the following pass marks on the IELTS exam:

Diver certifications:
Overall score – 5.5
Listening test – 6.0
Speaking test – 6.0

Diving supervisor certifications:
Overall score – 6.0
Listening test – 6.0
Speaking test – 6.0

Once applicants receive confirmation of their IELTS exam marks, they can then apply to ADAS to have the language restriction removed from their certification.  This can be done by applying for a replacement ADAS card and supplying the IELTS confirmation.

More information about the exam process can be found on the IELTS website.

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