National Credential
Credential: Air Diver
Credentialing Agency: Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI)

The Air Diver, also called the Surface-Supplied Air Diver, certification is recommended for newer intermediate-level commercial divers. Applicants must have achieved the ADCI Entry Level Tender/Diver certification prior to pursuing the Air Diver credential. In addition to the expectations of Entry Level Divers, Air Divers must have adequate knowledge, training and familiarization with all life-support and equipment designated to diving operations; read, understand and comply with all employer's policies and governmental regulations; accomplish all tasks assigned by the diving supervisor; and have reviewed and be familiar with the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), plus other expectations. Air Divers must meet specific training and experience requirements as well.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 5 years

Air Diver

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12A Engineer Senior Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted 12D Diver MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.   Star credentialStar    
Enlisted Q5 Special Forces Combat Diving, Medical ASI other          
Enlisted S6 Special Forces Combat Diving, Supervision ASI some          
Enlisted W7 Special Forces Underwater Operations ASI some          
Warrant Officer 180A Special Forces Warrant Officer WOMOS some        

Army Table Legend

Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

Air Diver

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite: Entry-level Tender/Diver
  • Experience: 30 dives
  • Education: High School Diploma/GED
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements 

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 5 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI)
5206 FM 1960 West
Suite 202
Houston, TX  77069
Phone: (281) 893-8388
Fax: (281) 893-5118

Air Diver

Applicants must have earned the ADCI Entry Level Tender/ Diver certification.

Applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Applicants must have:

  • 100 Field Days of experience, and
  • 30 working dives

For details on this requirement see the ADCI Consensus Standards, section 3.3.

The Air Diver credential has the following other requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Maintain Red Cross certification in First Aid and CPR.
  • Meet comprehensive ADCI Medical Requirements. For further information visit ADCI Consensus Standards Medical Requirements Sections 2.3-4.
  • Submit documentation of course completion along with copies of diving logs with the application. Diving proficiency establishes the required minimum number of open-water working dives required to obtain various designations. All dives must be performed during a 24-month period immediately prior to issuance of the designation. Work must be performed during each dive with proper supervision. All dives must have a minimum of 20 minutes bottom time. A number of shorter-duration dives may be combined to equal one dive of the required 20-minute bottom time.

Air Diver

Renewal Period: 5 years

The Air Diver credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Air Diver Certification is renewed every 5 years; to maintain the certification, it is required that fees are paid and that the application is submitted.

    Note, often as ADCI certified divers gain experience, higher level certifications are earned. All ADCI diver certifications require that the lower level certification is earned prior to receiving any advanced level diving certification.