DP Induction Course

Course Overview

This course is accredited by The Nautical Institute and is Phase A of the DPO training scheme. This course may lead to employment in the offshore industry. Further training and sea time may enable the participant to attain a Dynamic Positioning Operator Certificate from The Nautical Institute.

On successful completion of both the Induction Course and Induction online exam, the trainee DPO will be issued with a NI DP logbook in which the courses, DP sea time, tasks and the Statement of Suitability are recorded. The subsequent DP sea time following the Induction Course provides the opportunity to complete the task sections in the logbook.

The new grey logbook is only issued to trainee DPOs that started their training after 1st January 2015. Trainee DPOs who have entered into the training scheme before this date or are repeating the Induction Course shall continue to use their existing logbooks

DP Sea Time Obtained Before The Induction Course

Trainee DPOs attending an Induction Course after 1st January 2015 will only be permitted to count DP sea time gained after attending the course. Applications received at the NI under the old scheme rules will be evaluated and honored by the previous regulation.

Number Of Hours

A minimum of 28 hours teaching time is required for this course; if additional time is required to run exams or deal with paperwork, this time shall be added to the 28 hours. It is expected that 80% of the time is spent on teaching DP theory and 20% on practical exercises. Usually the Induction Course is delivered over four or five days. There is an option to deliver the course over a maximum six-week period, with instruction taking place on a given day in each of those weeks. This option is particularly suited to cadet training institutions as it allows the training to fit into the already existing class schedule. In all other aspects the course must conform to all other training scheme standards.

Course Purpose

  • To acquire knowledge of the principles of DP.
  • To acquire a basic understanding of how to set up a DP system.
  • To get an understanding of the practical operation of associated equipment, including position reference systems.
  • To recognize the various alarm, warning and information messages.
  • To relate the DP installation to the ship system, including (but not limited to) power supply, maneuvering facility, available position reference systems and nature of work.
  • To relate DP operations to the existing environmental conditions of wind, sea state, current/tidal stream and vessel movement

Appendix A – Minimum Qualification Requirement

Following the 2010 Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and Code, The Nautical Institute (the NI) has implemented the following criteria for entry into the DP Operators training scheme:
The minimum qualification is set at STCW Regulation II/1 ‐ II/2 ‐ II/3 Deck, Regulation III/1 – III /2 – III/3 – III/6

Alternative appropriate Marine Vocational Qualifications (MVQs) will be considered on a case by case basis. The NI defines an MVQ as a non-STCW Certificate of Competency issued by a white list Maritime Administration for use in the administration’s local waters only.

Officer Trainees (Cadets Or Ratings On A Defined Training Programme)

  • Prospective Offshore DPOs on the new scheme who are in the process of training for an STCW certificate may complete, the Induction Course (Phase A), the 60 DP sea time days (Phase B) and the Simulator Course (Phase C). The remaining 60 DP sea time days (Phase D) and the subsequent suitability sign-off (Phase E) shall only be completed after they hold an appropriate STCW Certificate of Competency.
  • Candidates who completed Phase B when they were a Cadet are not allowed to claim for STR in Phase D of the training scheme and must complete a minimum of 60 DP sea time days in Phase D.
  • Prospective DPOs on the Shuttle Tanker scheme who are in the process of training for an STCW certificate may complete, the Induction Course (Phase 1), the 24 sea time days and two offshore loading operations (Phase 2), the task section (Phase 2) and the Simulator Course (Phase 3). The remaining phases shall only be completed after they hold an appropriate STCW Certificate of Competency.

These rules are effective from 1st January 2015 and reflect changes introduced from 1st January 2016 and apply to those who have already commenced training on the new scheme as well as new starters. The time permitted to complete the training scheme for those who commenced the Induction Course after 1st January 2015 is four years.

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