DPTEG & Scheme Setup

In order to ensure that The Nautical Institute not-for-profit DP Operator training 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 which have a remit or interest in DP training, 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 Operator training scheme, including certification criteria, DPO competency and training support. It is self-funded by raising fees from accredited DP training providers, and currently meets twice a year.


DPTEG membership may comprise a representative from organisations in the following categories:


  • The Nautical Institute
  • Accredited DP training providers


The training providers are organised into 3 Regional Training Provider Groups (RTPs – Asia, Europe and America). Each of these groups provides a representative to the DPTEG meetings and operates a correspondence network. Each group meets annually to discuss issues relevant to the Scheme, make proposals to DPTEG, and share best practice with other members of the group.


  • Relevant International industry representative and professional organisations
  • International Support Vessels Owners’ Association (ISOA)
  • International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)
  • Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF)
  • International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC)
  • International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
  • Regional Training Providers (RTPs)










DPTEG Terms of Reference

The scope of the review, development and evaluation of the scheme is set out below:


Accreditation standards for DP training providers

  • Training course syllabus and content
  • Training delivery and methodologies
  • Training technologies including simulator specifications
  • Entry level requirements
  • Scheme learning outcomes
  • Assessment criteria and methods


DP Operator training requirements

  • DP Operator knowledge, understanding & proficiencies (KUP)
  • DP Logbook content and procedures
  • Initial Certification criteria
  • Certification upgrade/conversion criteria
  • Certificate revalidation criteria
  • Measures to guard against and combat fraudulent applications



  • Appeal processes and composition of list of potential appeal panellists
  • Quality Assurance
  • Dissemination of relevant information on the scheme to members
  • Assessment of potential new members of DPTEG and recommendation to the Executive Board of the NI
  • Assist and support the NI to promote the scheme at DP Conferences when necessary          


DPTEG will seek to facilitate the exchange of information and liaise regarding DP Operator training with:

  • Maritime administrations
  • Government bodies
  • Professional organisations and trade associations
  • Training providers
  • Individual companies
  • Individual DP Operators
  • Classification societies and other training certifications schemes


DPTEG will normally meet twice a year. When necessary, electronic meetings shall be set up by the Secretary.


Administrative Comment

The Decision and Action list will be distributed to DPTEG members within five days of the meeting to allow progress on important matters prior to the formal review and approval of meeting minutes.