Professional Certificate in Marine Technology

The Professional Certificate in Marine Technology provides the student with the technical diving skills needed for entry into the offshore and inland diving industry as professional marine technicians and commercial divers. The program is fast paced immersion into surface supply and SCUBA diving, and includes air and helium-oxygen elements, diving safety, professional work habits, underwater work skills, and diving science needed to become a professional commercial diver. Students will develop problem solving, team building, and communication skills appropriate with this program.

After completion of the core training, students will be directed to one of two diving professional concentrations:

Diver Medic (Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine)

The Diver Medic concentration prepares students in the medical aspects of diving and advanced training in hyperbaric medicine. Diver medics are respected professionals who perform regular work as divers and, when necessary, respond to medical emergencies on the job. Graduate with a Diver Medic concentration and you will be trained as a Diver Medic Technician, qualified for work as a tender and diver medic for underwater job sites inland and offshore. This concentration also qualifies you to take the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) exam.

Underwater Inspection Technology (Nondestructive Testing)

The Nondestructive Testing concentration prepares students to conduct a number of advanced underwater inspection and testing techniques important for ensuring the quality of underwater construction. The program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform a variety of inspections to locate and determine the condition of structures, pipes, and components ra,nging from steel buildings, subsea pipelines and platforms, to engine parts and components. Students are trained in a variety of Nondestructive Testing Methods (NDT) to inspect metals and welds, in particular, as well as non-metallic materials. Students will be trained to American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ANST) Level I and Level II standards in Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Magnetic Particle Testing (MT), Dye Penetrant Testing (PT), and Visual Testing (VT). For those completing the commercial air diver program, the NDT program instructs the student on underwater applications and uses of many of these inspection methods including underwater photography and video.

Admission Program Requirements

1. Age

An applicant must be 18 years or older on or before his or her graduation. Some state and federal agencies require that an individual be 18 years of age to be qualified for licensure or certification.

2. Medical Physical Examination

The applicant must submit a complete dive physical examination to NUPI as part of their admittance package. This physical examination must be performed by a licensed medical practitioner using the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) guidelines and their approved physical examination forms. The applicant must pass all sections of the physical exam and be within body fat standards according to the ADCI guidelines.

3. Drug Policy

This commercial diving program has a zero tolerance drug policy. Students will be required to pass a drug screening test at a certified lab as part of the physical examination. During the course, students will be subject to random drug testing and may be tested at any time if a student is suspected of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

4. SCUBA Certification

Students do not need a SCUBA certification prior to starting the program but it is recommended that you obtain a certification before starting. If you do not have a SCUBA certification you will be required to enroll in a SCUBA open water course certified by a recognized SCUBA certification agency (NAUI, PADI, etc) and complete it before you start the inland diving and SCUBA course.

5. High School Diploma / GED

Applicants must have a high school diploma from a regionally accredited high school with a high school GPA of 2.0 or equivalent GED prior to starting the program. Applicants who have a GED or do not meet the minimum high school GPA of 2.0 will be required to take the ACCUPLACER prior to starting the program. Students who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be admitted under Probationary Admission Status. Please see the Academic Information for Undergraduate Degree Programs section of the University catalog for additional information.

6. Dress Code / Personal Protective Equipment

The Professional Commercial Diving program requires the use of specific personal protective equipment and garments. Individual courses will have specific requirements.

Useful Program Information


Students who do not meet the minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for admission will be required to take the ACCUPLACER Mathematics and English evaluation as part of the admissions process. The results of the evaluation are printed immediately and a copy is provided to students. First-time undergraduate students can take the ACCUPLACER evaluation tests once at no charge. Subsequent examinations can be repeated after 14 days for a $5 fee. The ACCUPLACER may be repeated a maximum of three (3) times.

2. Divers Log Book

It is each student diver's personal responsibility to maintain an approved Diver's Log Book. Your future employer uses these logs to verify experience, dives, and academic training for hiring and promotion within the diving industry. The Diver's Log Book must contain a personal passport-size photo which is embossed to the page. Each student is responsible for keeping the Diver's Log Book current and accurate. Instructors will verify dives and will sign stamp each entry with the official NUPI stamp.

3. International Requirements

Many countries have unique regulations for the training of commercial divers. Additional training after graduation may be required if you plan to work internationally. Please check the qualifications, certifications, work permit regulations, and immigration requirements of the particular country being considered. Be aware that foreign immigration laws may restrict or prevent your working overseas. It is highly recommended that students apply for a passport prior to completing the program, and ensure you have the needed immunizations.

4. Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC Card)

Students enrolled in the Professional Commercial Diving program should review the information on the Transportation Security Administration I (TSA) website regarding TWIC card requirements and eligibility. Most students entering the commercial diving industry will be required to have a TWIC card prior to employment. The TSA has strict requirements on the criteria that must be met for TWIC card eligibility. All students are advised to become familiar with the requirements. For more information, go to

5. A background check must be passed prior to enrolling in any Diver Medic concentration course.

Note: Students are advised that, due to the nature of the program, class start and end times may be set outside normal University schedules. More information will be provided at the time of orientation.

Program Fees

The following student fees for gear, books and material are required to be paid prior to attending the first class of the core training.

Core Training: $2,000

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Dive and tend using surface supply or SCUBA underwater breathing apparatuses in either air or mixed gas modes to perform underwater tasks safely.
  2. Perform decompression safely under a variety of situations.
  3. Apply formulas associated with decompression and medical aspects of diving.
  4. Assess medical needs of divers and provide appropriate first aid and recompression treatment for diving illnesses.
  5. Work effectively as a dive team member to achieve goals of a planned diving job and underwater tasks.
  6. Demonstrate safe operation while working as an outside tender, inside tender, communications operator, and/or log keeper.
  7. Plan a diving job utilizing all available data.
  8. Cut and weld steel properly.


(16 courses;  44 quarter units)

Students must complete all core courses as well as one concentration from the following: Diving Medic Technician, Underwater Inspector Technology.

All students will be enrolled in the Physical Fitness Course throughout the entire program.  The course is designed to teach the student proper life style and a routine of exercise that is needed to be a professional commercial diver. This course will be offered through Extended Learning for no academic credit.

Physical Fitness Course for Divers (1 course; 0 quarter units)
This course will be taken monthly throughout the length of the program. There is no cost or academic credit.
Core Requisite(s):
  • PMTX 2100X Physical Fitness & Nutrition
Certificate Core Requirements (11 courses; 29 quarter units)
This course will be taken monthly throughout the length of the program. There is no cost or academic credit.
Core Requisite(s):
Students must choose one of the following concentrations:
This course will be taken monthly throughout the length of the program. There is no cost or academic credit.