Commercial Diver Trade Schools

Commercial divers can work in the military, as a welder, or even in the oil industry. Commercial diving programs will provide the skills needed to do the job you are looking to do.

Find A Commercial Diving School Near You

Below are some of the best schools you can attend to earn a commercial diving license. The schools and data are compiled from the Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS) and the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI).

This list was last reviewed December 2023.


Commercial Divers International - Estimated Cost: $29,823

Address: 4055 South Sarival Avenue, Goodyear, Arizona 85338-3693

School Details

Enrollment: 57
Campus Setting: Suburb: Midsize
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: NA

Programs offered:

Commercial Diver


The College of the Florida Keys - Estimated Cost: $16,338

Address: 5901 College Rd, Key West, Florida 33040


Commercial Diving Technologies Institute

Address: 17212 US-19, Hudson, Florida, 34667

School Details

Campus Setting: No
Housing: No

CDTI offers several programs including unrestricted surface supplied diver, national surface supplied diver, diver medic, and underwater burning specialist.

The unrestricted surface supplied diver program is a 26-week course (900 hours) and will provide you the training needed to do diving jobs to a depth of 165 feet. This program will allow you to graduate with several certifications in various areas which will increase your job opportunities. You can also achieve a DCBC certification which will allow you to work worldwide.

The national surface supplied diver is a 17-week (625 hour) course which will allow you to weld and burn underwater, do decompression dives, and work on offshore projects. The diver medic technician course is a 2-week program that will allow you to provide medical services to injured divers. The underwater burning specialist is a 1-week course where a diver can learn more about oxy-arc cutting in a more hands-on environment.


Minnesota Commercial Diver Training Center

Address: 712 Washington Street, Brainerd, MN 56401

School Details

The Minnesota Commercial Diver Training Center offers a commercial diver.tender course which is an introductory class for diving. Students will learn about diving apparatus, regulations, and fundamental diving techniques. The course is 11-weeks (625+ hours).

Upon graduation students will achieve a variety of certifications including:

  • ADCI Entry Level Tender/Diver Certification
  • DSI Dive Lab
  • TDI and PADI Nitrox I
  • TDI Advanced Nitrox
  • TDI Nitrox Gas Blender
  • American Red Cross: 02 Provider
  • American Heart Association: CPR & First Aid

Ocean Corporation - Estimated Cost: $26,240.00

Address: 10840 Rockley Rd, Houston, Texas 77099

School Details

Enrollment: 174
Campus Setting: City: Large
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 80%

The Ocean Corporation delivers hands-on training and coursework that can have you in the workforce in as little as 8 months.

Courses include:

  • Offshore oilfield diving
  • Inland diving
  • Surface and underwater welding
  • Mixed-gas and lock-out diving
  • Recompression chamber operations
  • Nuclear/contaminated environment diving
  • Rigging certification
  • Hazardous environment intervention
  • Offshore survival and safety
  • Underwater nondestructive testing
  • MT & UT Level I & II

Divers Institute of Technology - Estimated Cost: $38,105.00

Address: 1341 N. Northlake Way, Suite 150, Seattle, Washington 98103

School Details

Enrollment: 247
Campus Setting: City: Large
Housing: No
Graduation Rate: 92%

DIT has over 50 years of experience helping commercial divers learn the tricks of the trades. Their graduates go on to work in hazmat, salvage, inland, offshore, and saturation diving careers.

They offer an intensive 7-month program. Each month will focus on the following topics:

  • Physics and medicine
  • Lightweight and rigging
  • Offshore and hazmat
  • Underwater welding and burning
  • Scuba and inland
  • Deep dives

Upon graduation from the program you can receive a variety of certifications that will certify your experience and skills and increase your job opportunities.

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Disclaimer: Blue Collar Brain makes no recommendation or endorsement of any of the schools listed. All schools listed are from research we have done using a variety of sources. No verification of accreditation or school reviews have been done. We recommend you do your due diligence before enrolling in any of the schools listed.