PADI Instructor Examination

You will need to qualify for certification as an Open Water Scuba Instructor by passing a PADI Instructor Examination (IE). The PADI IE is conducted by a professional Instructor Examiner from the PADI Asia Pacific office, which ensures that the assessment is fair and objective. Before you can participate in an Instructor Examination, you'll need to have passed an IDC course successfully.

The IE is an evaluative program that tests instructor candidates’ teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, dive skills, understanding of the PADI System and attitude and professionalism, to determine whether or not the candidate is sufficiently prepared to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

PADI IEs are standardized evaluations, using objective criteria, that are conducted by PADI Examiners. The IE location, testing environment and evaluation sessions are organized in a way most conducive to assessing candidate abilities. Those who meet the IE performance requirements earn PADI Instructor certification (as long as all other prerequisites are met).

For certification as a PADI Instructor you will need to pass all parts of the IE. In the unlikely event that you are unsuccessful in your initial IE you are permitted to attend a second IE, not less than 5 days or more than 1 year after the first IE.

Areas of evaluation:

  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Equipment
  • General Skills and Environment
  • Recreational Dive Planner
  • PADI Standards & Procedures
  • Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation
  • Confined Water Teaching Presentation (1 skill)
  • Confined Water Skills Demonstration (5 skills)
  • Open Water Teaching Presentation (2 skills)
  • Rescue Demonstration

The application fees for the PADI IE are not included in the IDC course or package prices and are to be paid directly to PADI.