Contractor Training Programme

Contractors with ISA have a legal obligation to provide and fund training opportunities for personnel from developing States and those of ISA.

The legal basis for the requirement stems from the provisions of UNCLOS and the 1994 Agreement and is set out in the standard terms of contracts. Its purpose is to ensure that personnel from developing States are provided with appropriate operational expertise to enable them to participate in deep seabed mining.

The training programme is generally formulated following negotiations between ISA and the contractor and included as schedule 3 of the contract for exploration. 

All short-term training opportunities for suitable candidates from developing States provided by ISA Contractors will be listed on this site.

Training group photo
Training in the lab
Training in the field


Active = the opportunities are still open for submission of applications. Under implementation = closed for application but selection in progress.

How to Apply

  • The manual application forms for training have been phased out. All applications should be completed using the web form. Applicants are required to use the online portal to submit applications together with a copy of your passport photo, the signed nomination form indicating preference for either the geological or environmental programme, degree/certificate and résumé.

Required Qualification

  • The required qualifications are provided for each training opportunity.