Initial Offshore DP training 


There are two required courses within the offshore training scheme that leads to a Limited, Unlimited or Self-Elevating Platform (Jack Up) DP Operator Certificate, the DP Induction Course and the DP Simulator Course.


Both of these courses last between four and five days and should contain a minimum of 28 hours of tuition. A centre receives accreditation to deliver both courses. Accreditation will not be given to a centre that delivers only one of the two courses. Trainee DP operators on the Offshore Scheme applying for a Limited or Unlimited Offshore DP Certificate may reduce their sea time requirement by attending a Sea Time Reduction (STR) course. This course should contain a minimum of 37.5 hours of tuition. NOTE: The STR Course cannot be used for the Self-Elevating Platform (Jack Up) DP Certificate.


The Revalidation Course is for existing DPOs who wish to revalidate their certificates (every five years) and are short of the required DP sea time of 150 days. This is a five day course of 34 hours duration. 


DP Induction Course


This course involves both theory and practice on a simulated DP system and covers the following topics:


• Principles of DP

• Elements of the DP system

• Practical operation of the DP system

• Position reference systems

• Environment sensors and ancillary equipment

• Power generation and supply and propulsion

• DP operations


DP Simulator Course


This course principally involves simulated DP operations including errors, faults and failures, giving the participants the opportunity to apply the lessons learnt in both the Induction course and the time spent during seagoing DP familiarisation. It covers the following topics:


• Practical operation of the DP system

• DP operations

• DP alarms, warnings and emergency procedures



Conversion (Shuttle Tanker to Offshore)


Course C (similar to Sea Time Reduction)


This is a five-day simulator training course with a total of 37.5 hours of instruction. The course is similar to the STR course but requires that the exercises are not done in shuttle tanker operations. Unlike the STR course, there is no reduction of DP sea time requirements as a result of this course. This course is accredited by The Nautical Institute.

Course C was previously part of the initial training for the Shuttle Tanker Scheme, but was withdrawn with effect from 1st January 2017. It is now only required when converting a Shuttle Tanker DP Certificate to an Offshore DP Certificate.  





DP Revalidation Course


This is a five day, 34 hour course introduced as an alternative route for revalidation. The course is intended for those that have already been issued with a DP Certificate but are unable to revalidate their DP Certificate due to insufficient DP sea time.


In the process of accrediting a training centre to deliver the above courses, the Institute's auditors will assess and verify the centre's administrative and record-keeping processes, the training and experience of the instructors, the physical environment of the centre and the simulators/classroom equipment used to deliver courses.