Statements of support for the IMCA competency programme:
Peter Thompson – Director, Precise Consultants
Precise Consultants plays a central role in the recruitment activities in the offshore industry, specifically within the Hydrographic Survey sector. We have seen an increase in the demand for a standardised competency framework across the industry, provided it is in line with the standard IMCA guidelines. As the various competency schemes put in place by survey companies (MMT, NSEA, etc) and contractors (Allseas, SS7, etc) are all based on the published IMCA competency guidelines, they are increasingly being used to document the careers of survey personnel. Having students coming from university not only familiar with the IMCA competency guidelines but already enrolled in a scheme benefits them as they start their careers but will also help them in gaining employment. Employers will look at a competency portfolio and provided it has been created in line with the IMCA guidelines they will take the assessments and verifications as proof of competence of the specific tasks that will be asked of them offshore, the value of such a document/portfolio for a student graduating cannot be overstated.