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Important notice for DPOs: new online certification platform

Starting in January 2015, DPOs will access an upgraded online certification platform that will be easier to use and cater for the additional requirements of the DP scheme.

Online applications and login to your DPO account via the main NI website will stop at 17.00 (UK time) on 23 December 2014. A new IT platform called NI Alexis Platform will be available from 09.00 (UK time) on 2 January 2015:  


The price of DP applications is changing on 1 January 2015

Please note that from 1 January 2015 the price of submitting a DP application will be as follows:

Certification: £115.00 (+ VAT where applicable)

Revalidation: £90.00 (+ VAT where applicable)


Important news about The Nautical Institute's new DP scheme and revalidation of DP certificates...

The review of The Nautical Institute's not-for-profit DP Operator training scheme has concluded. For full details of the new scheme download the following document (December 2014 version 1.1):

  DP Training Certification Scheme - 2015

The systems upgrades required for the new scheme are being worked out and will determine the implementation date which will be announced shortly. A transition period will allow all stakeholders to comply with the new scheme and guidelines will be issued to the industry and training providers to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible. The current scheme will remain valid during the transition period.

Shuttle Tankers

As this is a transition period, the Shuttle Tanker scheme is undergoing further refinements. Please note that the previous document is subject to change.

Please check back for further info.

Revalidation of DP certificates
Due to the delay in finalising the new scheme, The Nautical Institute is postponing the re-validation of DP Operator certificates to January 2015. During this period, The Nautical Institute strongly recommends that DPOs who already hold the NI DP certificate log their DP sea time in their NI and/or IMCA logbook. Confirmation letters are required for revalidation of DP sea time gained after 1st January 2014. The revalidation will be phased as below:

2015: Revalidation of certificates issued from 1984 to 2002, 2009 and 2010
2016: Revalidation of certificates issued from 2003-2004 and 2011
2017: Revalidation of certificates issued from 2005-2006 and 2012
2018: Revalidation of certificates issued from 2007-2008 and 2013
2019: Revalidation of certificates issued in 2013 and so on

More information will be available via The Nautical Institute website from March 2014 and communicated to the industry through the members of the Dynamic Positioning Training Executive Group (DPTEG).

  Revalidation Confirmation Sample Letter Revalidation Confirmation Sample letter

Further information about our Dynamic Positioning scheme

The Nautical Institute DP Operator training scheme is the industry-recognised learning route to becoming a qualified Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO). It is a not-for-profit scheme administered by The Nautical Institute - a Registered Charity (No.1002462). Contrary to some reports, there are no plans to merge our DP Operator training scheme with any other scheme.
The Nautical Institute has managed the scheme since its inception in the mid 1980’s and in conjunction with the industry has developed the certification criteria. It administers the certification of DPO’s together with the accreditation of the training providers.

In order to ensure that the scheme continues to meet current industry needs, the Dynamic Positioning Training Executive Group (DPTEG) was established to facilitate communication and input from a broad range of stakeholders.

The group is a pan Industry forum of training providers, trade organisations and professional associations who have a remit or interest in DP training.

The remit of DPTEG is to review and develop the Nautical Institute DP Operator training scheme and to evaluate its effectiveness in providing the DP industry with competent DP Operators. It seeks to make decisions and to implement actions to improve the Nautical Institute DP training scheme, including certification criteria, DPO competency and training support.

DPTEG comprises two groupings – member organisations and observers.

Member organisations are:-

  • The Nautical Institute
  • Accredited DP training providers

Observers include, but are not restricted to:

Download the full list of Institute accredited training centres:   DP Training Centres 

Important notice

From 1st January 2012 all applications for DP Certificates must be submitted via our DP online system.

If candidates submit documents by post only, the Institute will not be able to process them and will return them.

The Nautical Institute cannot be held responsible for documents that are lost in the post.

The DP Operator's Handbook - order your copy here

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How do I apply?

Please apply online using our DP application process.

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