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The Diver Certification Board of Canada certifies occupational divers, accredits schools which train occupational divers and presents the annual Canadian Underwater Conference and Exhibition.  For more details on the conference please click here.


The Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC) is a federally incorporated not-for-profit body which was originally set up to replace the offshore diver certification regime of the National Energy Board and the offshore petroleum boards.  DCBC is the only national body which certifies offshore and inshore occuptional (commercial) divers in Canada.

The DCBC offers certification to commercial divers and supervisors who can demonstrate that they have sufficient training and experience to enable them to meet the competency requirements of the appropriate section of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Competency Standard for Diving, Hyperbaric Chamber, and Remotely Operated Vehicle Operations (CSA Standard Z275.4).


Certificates issued by the DCBC are recognized by Australia (ADAS), France, Norway, South Africa, the United Kingdom (HSE) and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA).

The Diver Certification Board of Canada accredits commercial diver training organizations which train to the competency levels described in CSA Standard Z275.4.  Accredited occupational diver training organizations can also assess the competency of experienced occupational divers who were not trained at an accredited school.


Proposed New Renewals Policy


The DCBC is proposing to revise its current policy on the renewal of certificates, first introduced in 2011, as follows:


      • A surface supplied diver who has also been trained as an occupational SCUBA diver will retain his/her SCUBA endorsement when renewing his/her surface supplied diver certificate.


  • The renewal of a supervisory certificate may cover lower levels of supervisor and diver endorsements, provided that the individual has formally qualified in each specific category.  However, the policy will reaffirm that experience as a diver cannot be used to renew a supervisor certificate.


DCBC will cease to endorse supervisor certificates for “diver” in the same category in recognition of industry acceptance that a supervisor with a diving medical is qualified to dive;  however we will continue to endorse a surface supplied supervisor certificate for SCUBA diver if appropriate.


Please click HERE to access and review the proposed new policy.  If you wish to comment on the proposed policy please write to the CEO at




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