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Earn College Credit for PADI Courses

Yes!  You may be eligible to get college credit for learning how to scuba dive. PADI courses have been recommended by a variety of Institutions for college credit or funding in various countries throughout the world. Choose from the regions below to find out how it works:

earn college credit for your PADI Scuba CertificationUnited States

The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for

  • 15 PADI courses
  • 3 DSAT courses
  • 1 Emergency First Response course.

The American Council on Education is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions.

ChanIsl_Mar07_0124Learn more about how you can gain college credit for PADI courses in the U.S. (PDF) or contact PADI Americas at


PADI Divers may receive credit toward various certificates and diplomas for several PADI courses within the Australian national training system. These training providers recognize certain PADI and Emergency First Response (EFR) courses:

  • Training and Further Education (TAFE) South Australia
  • Australia Fisheries Academy (AFA) South Australia
  • Victorian Tertiary Admissions Center (VTAC)
  • Western Australia Curriculum Council (WACC)
  • Tasmanian Qualifications Authority (TQA)
  • Queensland Studies Authority (QSA)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) – Nationally Recognised Training

Learn more about college credit for PADI courses in Australia


The British Columbia Ministry of Education (External Credentials Program for Industrial and Occupational Courses) has approved the PADI Open Water Diver (2 credits), PADI Advanced or Adventures in Diving Program (4 credits) and PADI Rescue Diver (4credits) courses for school credit.

Grade 10, 11 and 12 students who have been certified in these PADI courses simply present their PADI certification card to the school administration to apply for credit. For information on receiving credit contact your school’s administration. On an individual, merit-base case, divers in Canada may also receive credit for PADI courses through the USA-based American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service as noted under “United States.”

Europe, Middle East and Africa

ChanIsl_Mar07_1462 Visit for details of PADI and Emergency First Response courses currently listed on the the UK Learning Aim Database, which holds data on all learning aims and qualifications recognised by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA), an agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

Divers may be awarded credit for PADI courses from further education institutions in mainland Europe and through the military, however, each institution sets its own benchmarks for credit accumulation and transfer, so should be contacted individually to obtain information on their specific recognition of prior learning policy.

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  • Those who want to teach diving in Japanese school systems (colleges, universities, vocational schools, etc.) undergo general and specialized course work and testing to become authorized by the Japan Sports Association (JASA), under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.

  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors are exempt from this specialized course and test, and can attain JASA authorization by taking a general course and certification test. More about college credit for PADI courses in Japan  

New Zealand