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A.S.S.E.T Certification/Membership Criteria

Under health and safety law, the maintenance of critical, pressure, safety and life support systems must be carried out by “Competent Persons”.

A broad definition of competence is a person who is both “trained and experienced” in his/her area of endeavour, in other words, a Suitably Qualified and Experienced Person (SQEP). There are no specific definitions laid down in HASAWA for each craft or trade, although competence may be defined by an industry organisation such as ASSET or by legal precedent.

After consultation with employers and the HSE, ASSET has defined competence levels for Diving Technicians.

In April 1998, ASSET Standards were accepted by both IDEST and SITA as “Industry Standards”.

The ASSET training, certification and membership scheme provides members, the diving industry and government with a benchmark by which the competence of diving and cylinder testing technicians can be demonstrated and judged.

The following grades and definitions thereof apply from 1 March 2012.

N.B. Titles marked (M) are Membership Grades, those marked (AQ) are Non Membership grades and are additional qualification that may be required by Technicians undertaking additional scope of work.

ASSOCIATE            (M)                                                                            

A person who has no formal Technician training but who has an interest in the maintenance and repair of diving equipment.

Pre-requisites:

Level of responsibility:

An Associate may not carry out any inspection, maintenance repair or testing on any diving equipment or cylinders.

TECHNICIAN (M)                                                                                       

A person who has received comprehensive training in the maintenance of diving equipment.

Pre-requisites:

Level of responsibility:

An ASSET Certified Technician may undertake the inspection, maintenance and repair of diving equipment, dispense breathing air. ASSET Certified Technician may act as an assistant to an ASSET certified Cylinder Testing Technician but may not sign cylinder test certificates. Ideally, an ASSET Technician should work under the indirect supervision of an Advanced Technician until experience is gained.

ADVANCED TECHNICIAN (M)

A Technician who has received additional training and certification and gained practical experience, to enable him/her to work unsupervised on a wide variety of diving equipment.

Pre-requisites:

Level of responsibility:

An ASSET Advanced Technician may take responsibility for all SCUBA work shop activities and guide Technicians who are gaining experience.

 

CYLINDER TESTING TECHNICIAN (M)                                              

A person who has received comprehensive training in the inspection and testing of gas cylinders and their valves.

 Pre-requisites:

Level of responsibility:

The ASSET Cylinder Testing Technician may undertake the inspection and testing of gas cylinders and their valves. An ASSET Cylinder Testing Technician may supervise a trainee Cylinder Tester who has completed either the Part 1 Cylinder Testing Course or the Dive Industry Technicians Course.

Note:

NITROX TECHNICIAN (AQ)                                                                                

A person who holds the ASSET Technician’s qualification or higher and who has additional training in gas mixing and the conversion, repair and maintenance of apparatus for use with Oxygen and Oxygen enriched breathing gases.

Pre-requisites:

Level of responsibility:

An ASSET Nitrox Technician may undertake the preparation and dispensing of Oxygen enriched breathing mixtures and carry out the repair, maintenance and cleaning of SCUBA for use with Oxygen and Oxygen enriched breathing mixtures including cylinders and their valves.

Note:

COMPRESSOR OPERATOR (AQ)

A person trained and qualified in the day to day maintenance of compressors, air purity testing and charging high-pressure air cylinders.

Pre-requisites:

Level of responsibility:

An ASSET Compressor Operator may undertake the preparation and dispensing of Compressed Air without supervision.

Note:

GAS BLENDER (AQ)                                                                                            

A person trained and qualified in the preparation and dispensing of Oxygen Enriched Breathing Mixtures.

Pre-requisites:

Hold the ASSET Compressor Operators Certificate and satisfactorily complete the ASSET Gas Blenders Course (GBC) or
Hold the ASSET Technician’s Certificate and satisfactorily complete the ASSET Gas Blenders Course (GBC).

Level of responsibility:

An ASSET Gas Blender may undertake the preparation and dispensing of Air and Oxygen Enriched Breathing Mixtures.

Note:

TECHNICIAN ENGINEER (M)                                                     

An Advanced Technician who has undergone additional training and who has gained extensive field experience in the maintenance and repair of diving equipment.

Pre-requisites:

Level of responsibility:

May undertake all areas of diving equipment service, repair, testing and gas blending.  Supervise technical staff and all aspects of workshop activity.

 Individual Technician Engineers may be invited to serve on ASSET technical working parties.

ENGINEER (M)                                                                                           

An honorary qualification for Chartered or Incorporated Engineers who have an interest in the diving industry.

An Engineer may not undertake the maintenance and repair of equipment unsupervised without completing the appropriate level of ASSET technician training.

Level of responsibility:

An ASSET Engineer may supervise technical staff and all aspects of workshop activity.

Individual Engineers will be invited to serve on ASSET Technical Working Parties.


INSPECTOR            (AQ)                                      

ASSET Inspectors will be chosen for their background and experience to carry out assessment visits to service centres and test stations seeking ASSET Approval or renewal of that approval. ASSET Inspectors are not required to be ASSET Members.

Pre-requisites

Individuals will be appointed as Inspectors by the ASSET Committee on the Recommendation of the ASSET Chief Engineer.

Inspectors will attend an ASSET Inspectors Orientation Course.

Level of responsibility:

Inspectors will carry out ASSET Centre Approval Inspections in accordance with ASSET Standards.

The Inspector will report his findings and recommendations for further action to the IDEST Chief Engineer.

THE CHIEF ENGINEER (Responsible for the IDEST inspection programme) (AQ)

The Chief Engineer will be a Chartered Mechanical Engineer of broad practical experience preferably in Diving, Pressure Systems or a related field. The Chief Engineer will be appointed by the ASSET Committee.

Level of responsibility:

Review inspectors assessment reports.
Confirm centre approval or require further actions.
Review annual self-assessment renewals.
Confirm centre triennial re-approval or require further actions.
Ensure the quality and integrity of the inspection and approval programme.
Interview and recommend suitable individuals for the role of inspector.

 

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