CDA Technical Institute

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Basic Information

Address: 91 Trout River Drive Jacksonville, FL 32208
Phone Number: 904 766-7736
Fax Number: 904 766-7764
President: Capt. Ray Black

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Additional Information

Accreditation: ACCET, Florida Deptartment of Education, Divers Certification Board of Canada, Association of Diving Contractors & NCCER
Founded: 1995
Organization Affiliation: The institution holds active membership/affiliations and/or provides approved training by the following professional organizations:  Florida Association of Post-Secondary Schools and Colleges (FAPSC)  Association of Commercial Diving Educators (ACDE)  Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI)  Diver Certification board of Canada (DCBC)  International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)  National Academy of Scuba Educators (NASE)  National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)  National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technicians (NBDHMT)  Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS)  American Welding Society (AWS)  American Society of Non-Destructive Testing (ASNT)  Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services
Certifications:

Air/Mixed Gas Commercial Diver graduates receive:
 Diver Certification from Diver Certification Board of Canada (DCBC)
 Diver Certification from Association of Commercial Diving Educators (ACDE)
 Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI)
 CPR/First Aid, AED & O2 Provider Certification from National Academy of Scuba Educators (NASE)
 HAZWOPER Certification as outlined in 29CFR 1910.120 of Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations
 Non-Destructive Testing Levels I & II Certification for Divers in accordance with:
o American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)
 Core Curriculum Certification from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
 Basic Rigger Certification from the:
o National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
 NASE Open Water Scuba Certification (unless the student provided prior certification in accordance with CDA Technical Institute policy).
Maritime Welding graduates receive:
 Certificate of Completion issued by the American Welding Society’s (AWS) Schools Excelling through National Skill Standards Education (SENSE) Program
 CPR/First Aid, AED & O2 Provider Certification from National Academy of Scuba Educators (NASE)
 Certification from National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER):
o Core Curriculum
o Welding – Level I
o Welding – Level II
o Field Safety – Volume 5
 Basic Rigger Certification from the:
o National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)
 HAZWOPER Certification as outlined in 29CFR 1910.120 of Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations

School Setting:

Industrial Campus with Residential Housing

School Schedule: 10
School days in Calendar Year: 103
School Holidays: See Catalog on-line
School Size: ~300
Classroom Size: ~25 - 30
Student/Teacher Ratio: In-water training 4 to 1
Financial Aid:

Yes for those who qualify

Percentage of Graduating Class: ~83%
Disability Services:

None

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Yes - Paid

Admissions Deadline: Rolling Admission with Monthly Starts
Computer Capabilities:

None

Mission Statement:

CDA Technical Institute is a post-secondary school designed to provide the diving, inspection, maritime and medical industries with entry level personnel, who excel in superior knowledge, skill, safety, and work ethic. Our training is comprehensive, rigorous, and designed with individual student career objectives, abilities, and interests in mind.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

CDA Technical Institute is keenly aware of its responsibility in promoting an unyielding commitment to the highest standards of safety and offering the most up-to-date methods and practices in the field. To this end, the school is committed to continuing to develop and maintain industry connections and making use of various technology and training resources.

Programs and Services:

Air/Mixed Gas Commercial Diving / Underwater Welding
General Welding

School History:

Commercial Diving Academy was established in 1995, in Gulf Shores, Alabama, in order to provide training and employable skills in the profession of commercial diving. The school was established by Captain Ray Black in answer to the need for highly trained entry level commercial diver and the rare-existence of schools of this type. Commercial Diving Academy is the realization of his dream of sharing his over 20 years of experience and training with others. Captain Black was born in Alaska and dedicated his life to working with the diving industry for almost two decades. He has been associated with worldwide commercial diving companies.
The school was relocated to our current location in Jacksonville, Florida in 2001. This move accommodated our growth and expansion to provide on-campus housing, a full cafeteria, direct waterfront access and multiple offices and classrooms. In 2009, Commercial Diving Academy earned accreditation from the Diver Certification Board of Canada to offer an internationally-recognized diver certification.
In June 2010, the school added the Maritime Welding Program in answer to a local industry demand for topside welders with specific skills and knowledge of the maritime industry. With our commitment to improve and develop associated programs, additional programs were added, which initiated the school’s name change to CDA Technical Institute.