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ARTICLES and RULES of the ASSOCIATION

1. Name

The organisation shall be called “the Association of SCUBA Service Engineers and Technicians”.

Interpretation

  • “ASSET” means The Association of SCUBA Service Engineers and Technicians.
  • The “Association” means The Association of SCUBA Service Engineers and Technicians.
  • The “Committee” means the Executive Committee for the management of the Association.
  • “Member” means a member of the Association as defined in Rule 3
  • “Test Station” means a company or individual whose staff and facilities have been approved under ASSET criteria for the testing and inspection of high pressure gas cylinders.
  • “Service Centre” means a company or individual whose staff and facilities have been approved under ASSET criteria for the service and repair of diving equipment.
  • The “Industry” means all areas in which diving equipment and compressed gas cylinders are used.
  • “Technician” means an individual who meets the qualification requirements, as shall be determined from time to time by the Association. 
  • The “Approved Training Provider” means the company that delivers the association’s approved training scheme.

2. Aims and Objectives

The aims and objectives of the Association are:

  • To improve the standard of maintenance and testing activities in the Industry.
  • To develop training and qualification criteria for technicians and to deliver or approve training courses which achieve this aim.
  • To develop Codes of Practice and Procedures for the service, repair and testing of Scuba equipment and breathing gas cylinders.
  • To develop and implement an approval scheme for service centres and test stations.
  • To represent the interests of members.
  • To work to prevent or minimise the implementation, by Government, of onerous regulations that impact upon maintenance and testing activities in the Industry.

3.  Membership and Contributions

  1. Membership of the Association shall be open to all individuals who hold ASSET qualifications, and others, as defined in these rules.
  2. For those who hold ASSET qualifications, membership shall be a life membership, unless cancelled by the committee as provided for in these rules.
  3. By accepting membership of the Association, members agree to work in accordance with the Associations Standards and Codes of Practice.
  4. Membership of the Association does not confer any voting rights in the direction and management of its affairs.
  5. Membership fees shall be levied as shall be determined from time to time by the committee.
  6. Payment of membership fees shall be compulsory for those members who work in Approved Service Centres and Test Stations.
  7. An individual may have their Membership withdrawn if, after review of the available facts, in the opinion of a majority of the committee, the member is guilty of misconduct or has brought the Association into disrepute.
  8. Approved Service Centres and Test Stations may have their approval withdrawn if, after review of the available facts, in the opinion of a majority of the committee, they fail to comply with ASSET codes of practice or are guilty of misconduct or are deemed to have brought the Association into disrepute.
  9. Members shall be classified as follows:
ASSOCIATE                                                                                     

An individual who does not hold an ASSET qualification but who has an interest in the maintenance and repair of diving equipment and who has been granted Associate membership by the committee.

TECHNICIAN                                                                                    

A person who has completed the Dive Industry Technician’s Course and who has been awarded the ASSET Technician’s qualification.

CYLINDER TESTING TECHNICIAN                                              

A person has completed the Cylinder Tester’s Course and who has been awarded the ASSET Cylinder Tester’s qualification.

ADVANCED TECHNICIAN 

A person who has passed the Advanced Technician theory test and practical Exams and has met the association’s criteria for experience and who has been awarded Advanced Technician’s qualification.

TECHNICIAN ENGINEER                                                               

A person who holds the ASSET Technician Engineer’s qualification and who has passed the ASSET Advanced Technician theory test and practical Exams and has met the association’s criteria for experience and who has been nominated by a committee member for consideration and who has been in the has been elected by the committee to be awarded this qualification.

ENGINEER                                                                                       

A Chartered or Incorporated Engineer with an interest in the Diving Industry and who has been elected by the committee to be awarded this qualification, normally an honorary qualification awarded to individuals, with suitable qualifications, who have in some way contributed to ASSET or its aims and objectives.
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  1. Non-Membership grades (With the exception of Compressed Air System Operator, these qualifications are held alongside other ASSET qualifications):
Compressed Air System Operator

A person who has completed the ASSET Compressed Air System Management Course.

NITROX TECHNICIAN                                                                                 

A person who has completed both the ASSET Nitrox Technician and Gas Blenders Courses.

GAS BLENDER                                                                                            

A person who has completed the ASSET Gas Blenders Courses.

COMPOSITE CYLINDER TESTER                                                                                     

A person who has completed the ASSET Composite Cylinder Testing Course.

  1. Non-membership appointments:
INSPECTOR                                                 

Individual Engineers or Technician Engineers chosen for their background and experience to carry out assessments visits to Service Centres and Test Stations who are seeking approval or renewal of an existing approval.

Pre-requisites

Inspectors will attend an Inspectors Orientation course, and will ideally have attended the ASSET Technician training course relating to their area of responsibility.

CHIEF ENGINEER (Responsible for the inspection/approval programme)     

The Chief Engineer will normally be a Chartered Mechanical Engineer of broad practical experience preferably in Diving, Pressure Systems or a related field and who has attended all ASSET courses.

4.  Use of Funds

The funds accruing to the Association shall be used to further the aims and objectives of the Association, as determined by the Committee.

5.  Management

  1. The Association shall be managed by a Committee comprising a Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Technical Coordinator and a representative of the Approved Training Provider.
  2. Membership of the committee shall be by invitation only.
  3. Should a member of the committee resign or retire, their replacement shall be chosen by unanimous decision of the remaining Committee members.
  4. Individual members may be co-opted onto the committee, when a particular project requires it, but their involvement will be confined solely to that project, they will not be involved in the management of the Association. 
  5. Due to the concentration on technical issues, day to day operations will be handled by the Technical Coordinator.
  6. Each member of the committee shall have a single vote.
  7. In the case of a tied vote, the Chairman shall have the casting vote.
  8. It is envisaged that members of the committee will be widely dispersed geographically. To keep costs to a minimum, whenever possible, the business of the committee will be transacted by telephone or email. 
  9. A face to face meeting can be called by any member of the committee, for any reason, and will be convened by agreement of a simple majority at a date time and place agreed by the majority such meetings will be convened within 30 days of the agreement.

6.  The ASSET Training Scheme and the Approved Training Provider

  1. The association has adopted, as its training scheme, the technician training courses, classroom presentations, handbooks, examinations, course standards and procedures, developed, authored and owned by founding member C S Meinert who will act as the association’s chief instructor. The courses are:
  • The Dive Industry Technician’s Course (DITC).
  • The Advanced Technician’s Course (ATC).
  • The Cylinder Tester’s Course (CTC).
  • The Composite Cylinder Testing Course (CCC).
  • The Compressed Air System Operation and Management Course (CASM).
  • The Nitrox Technician and Gas Blender’s Course (NTC).
  • The Nitrox Gas Blender’s Course (NBC).
  1. Additional courses, that may be required by the Association, will developed by arrangement as in 6A.
  2. Course content, theoretical and practical tests shall be reviewed from time to time and updated as agreed between the author and the committee.
  3. The association will appoint a training provider who will organise and deliver the technician training programmes in 6A, to the satisfaction of the Committee.
  4. The approved training provider will negotiate a contract, with the author, his heirs or assigns, for the use of his intellectual property (6A).
  5. The approved training provider will deliver courses, in accordance with the standards and procedures set out for each course and which meet ASSET aims and objectives and integrate with ASSET Codes and Procedures.
  6. Providing the requirements of 6F are met, the approved training provider will have complete autonomy with regards to its own structure, operation, finances and staff appointments. 
  7. The approved training provider’s instructors will receive specific training from the chief instructor. Additionally, they must hold the ASSET Technician Engineer’s qualification and have extensive practical experience as a Scuba technician and cylinder tester.
  8. The committee reserve the right to verify the credentials of prospective technician instructors.

Additions and Amendments

First edition March 1995
Minor Amendments December 1997
New logo added August 2011
Amendments December 2011:

    • Compressed Air System Management qualification included as a non-membership grade
    • Composite Cylinder Testing qualification added
    • Revision of Clause 6

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