ROV Pilot Training

This course has been structured in accordance with outcomes based requirements for persons entering the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Competence Assurance and Assessment Scheme for Remotely Operated Vehicle personnel.

This course aims to equip successful course delegates with specific technical knowledge and practical experience to be able to begin using ROV equipment and systems offshore under supervision

Entry Level Requirements:

As per the IMCA R 002 Rev.2 guidelines

Personnel entering the offshore ROV industry must have the appropriate technical experience and/or academic qualifications as listed below.

An exception to such experience is provided for in 3.1 iii below:

Academic qualifications/Industrial experience

i) A nationally recognised technical or trade qualification (military service qualification and/or an appropriate level national vocational qualification is acceptable) completed in one or more of the following subjects:

a) Electrical

b) Electronic

c) Hydraulics

d) Mechanics

In addition to the above mentioned trade qualification, a minimum of three years, technically relevant, industrial experience (including any accepted training period) in appropriate discipline, which should have been obtained within the previous four years.


ii) A nationally recognised higher (tertiary) academic qualification (not otherwise covered above) in a relevant technical subject; plus a minimum of one year of technically relevant industrial experience, which can be secured as a feature of the entry into the ROV industry, i.e. a university graduate may go directly to a suitable establishment to secure the minimum of one year of relevant industrial experience, which may be with the employer.


iii) In certain circumstances, candidates who do not meet the above but have extensive industrial experience, supported by evidence and references, may be acceptable.

Personal attributes

The following character traits are considered necessary, based on the nature of the work environment in the ROV industry:

- Enthusiasm

- Team player

- Good oral and written communication skills in English (because this is the predominant language for manuals and technical information)

- Demonstrated self-motivation

- Practical ability

- Common sense

It is anticipated that personnel would be assessed at interview for these and any other attributes considered appropriate. A typical ‘other attribute’ would be to demonstrate ability to work ‘away from home’.

Medical requirements

More specific requirements may be put in place by individual companies and some countries, but the following would be generally required:

- Physical fitness and no physical disabilities that would prevent employment offshore

- Overall good health and ability to pass a offshore medical

Who should do the course:

- Individuals with the required entry level requirements, ie:

- Commercial divers

- Fibre optics technicians

- Hydraulics technicians

- Electrical technicians

Cost of Course

Upon Request


Training provided in South, East and West Africa with Cape Town as the primary ROV Pilot’s training facility.