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COURSE DIRECTOR The highest and most respected professional rating

Course Director Training Course

PADI Course Directors are instructor trainers who conductPADI Instructor Development Coursesand other instructor-level training. PADI Course Directors hold the highest and most respected professional rating in recreational scuba diving. They are among the dive industry’s most influential opinion leaders and role models. Those who join this elite group of professionals pass through a stringent screening process that examines their experience and training just to get into the competitive and demanding Course Director Training Course (CDTC).

Get Credit

You may be able to earncollege credit for the PADI Course Director Training Course.

What You Learn

During the PADI CDTC, you learn how to conduct PADI Instructor Development programs and gain experience in developing scuba educators. The PADI CDTC is conducted by PADI Office Staff.

What You Can Teach

After successful completion of the PADI CDTC you can teach the following PADI courses and programs:

  • PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDCs) and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)programs
  • PADI IDC Staff Instructorcourses
  • PADI Status Updates
  • After certification as a PADI Specialty instructor Trainer, you can also teachPADI Specialty Instructor Courses

At a glance, comparewhat you can teachwhen you continue your professional diver education.

The Prerequisites for This Course

To take this course, you must:

  • Be a renewed, teaching statusPADI Master Instructorfor at least the past six months
  • Have no verifiedQuality Assurancecomplaints for at least the past 12 months
  • Conduct all PADI certification courses and experience programs using methods consistent with PADI Standards and philosophy as outlined in the PADI Instructor Manual for at least the past 12 months.
  • Exclusively use the complete PADI System of diver education including all appropriate PADI training materials for at least the past 12 months.
  • Certified as aPADI IDC Staff Instructor
  • Have staffed at least two complete IDCs after being certified as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor
  • Certified as a currentEmergency First Response Instructor Trainer
  • Experience working with aPADI dive shop or resort
  • Have a minimum of 250 logged dives
  • Meet all other requirements as specified by PADI at the time of application