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The "dreaded" PADI Instructor Exam (IE) - let me explain...
After completing all aspects of the IDC or the (OWSI) program, you are qualified to participate in the PADI Instructor Examination. This two-day program and is conducted by staff members of PADI International, and not by your course director. This ensures impartiality and fairness during the testing process. When successful at the (IE), you will become certified as an PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Following your IDC, your immediate goal will be to pass the IE. Throughout your Instructor Course, I will counsel you individually on several occasions and give you my feedback on your performance to insure you will be more than ready to attend the (IE). The counseling sessions are designed to help you make an informed and honest decision about your preparedness as it will always be your descision to attend the (IE) 

The Examiner's job is to pass the candidate, not to fail the future instructor. The Examiner will do everything possible to make sure that you get through the program successfully. Their function is similar to that of a video camera; they record what you do and give you a black and white score of your performance. Their job is not to teach the candidate anything as Steve has already taught you much more than what it takes to pass the exam. The exam is really just a formality. The Examiner's job is to double check that all of the information is understood and that the candidates are ready to begin teaching on their own.

Life after the Instructor Examination... (After its over)

It's time to think about advancing your career in the dive industry by continuing your education as a PADI Professional. Focus on your areas of interest by becoming a Specialty Instructor, enjoy the prestige of becoming a Master Scuba Diver Trainer or increase your marketability by training to become an IDC Staff Instructor or Master Instructor. Or, reach the pinnacle of PADI Professional training: become a PADI Course Director.

Details below on what happens at the Instructor Examination

The IE consists of four sections. To get certified as a PADI Instructor, candidates must be successful in all four areas. If a candidate is unsuccessful in one or two areas, then that candidate must attend another IE and complete only that area in which he was unsuccessful. For example, if a candidate was only unsuccessful in the Open Water portion of the exam, then he or she would only redo and pay for that part at a later IE. This saves you both time and money.

The following is an overview of the required passing scores for the IE:

Section 1 - Diving Theory (Closed-book examinations with passing scores of 75% or higher) on the following subjects:
General Skills and Environment
Recreational Dive Planner
Retest... only one allowed; two or more subjects failed or a failure on the retest results in non certification PADI Systems, Standards and Procedures--open-book exam; passing score 75% or higher, no retest allowed.
Section 2- Confined Water (Pool)
Teach one skill e.g. Open Water Course to fellow candidates acting as students. Passing score- 3.5 or higher on a scale from 1.0 - 5.0. One make up allowed if unsuccessful on the first attempt.
Skill Evaluation Circuit: Candidates perform a circuit consisting of five skills from the PADI Open Water Course. Passing score is 17 total points and no skill below 3.0. A make up allowed if only one skill was below 3.0 
Section 3 - Knowledge Development Presentation (Classroom)
Candidates evaluated on a sample teaching presentation. Specific assignments are made before the program. Passing score is 3.5 or higher (on a scale of 1.0 to 5.0). One retest allowed. Presentation should take between 5 - 10 minutes.
Section 4 - Open Water (Dive Site)
Teach two skills one from the Open Water Course and one skill from Advanced or Speciality Courses to fellow candidates acting as students. Passing score- an average of 3.5 or higher on a scale from 1.0 - 5.0. Both scores are added together and then divided by two. No retest
Open Water Rescue Examination: (Rescue Exercise 7) Response, recovery, resuscitation, transport and equipment removal of a diver simulating unconsciousness on the surface in deep water. General Diving Skills Evaluation: An evaluation of general diving skills made by the staff during all confined and open water sessions.

Areas of assessment include:

Attitude: Consistent with professionalism and the educational goals of PADI
Interaction with staff and candidates

If this does not explain it all, please contact me with any questions...

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