DP Induction (Basic)

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This course provides participants with basic knowledge of Dynamic Positioning (DP), the principles and practical use of DP systems.


The course is designed for Deck Officers, Engineer Officers and personnel working toward an STCW Certificate of Competency (COC) who wish to start The Nautical Institute’s Dynamic Positioning (DP) Operator Training Scheme.


  • Defines the principles of DP.
  • Familiarisation with the elements of a DP system.
  • Understanding of the relationship between vessel movement, position reference systems, sensors, computers, propulsion units and feedback.
  • Understanding the concept of redundancy.
  • Understanding the DP modes of control.
  • Characteristics and limitations of sensors and common position reference systems.
  • Familiarisation of the operation of various DP computers.
  • Description of propulsion units, including types and configurations.
  • Understanding of power supply, redundancy and management.
  • Practice communication and watch handover procedures.

Training is conducted using Kongsberg K-Pos and Roll Royce Icon DP simulation equipment.

Career Opportunities/Pathways

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 seatime may enable the participant to attain a Dynamic Positioning Operator Certificate from The Nautical Institute.

Course Pre-requisites

Participants must hold appropriate STCW certification, or state equivalent or be studying towards an appropriate recognised certificate. Please note that participants may only accrue a maximum of 30 days’ recognised seatime on completion of this course as a cadet or trainee. Please see www.nautinst.org or contact Farstad Shipping Offshore Simulation Centre (FSOSC) for further information.

NOTE: Participants are required to bring their STCW certificate, or equivalent, with them for verification of identity and eligibility, as well as one passport photo for their logbook.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Requirements

This course requires the ability to read and interpret typical project specifications, procedures, technical manuals and safety information as provided to operators. Writing is required to the level of completing workplace forms and completing logs and reports. The training and assessment are conducted in English.

Assessment & Competency Achievement

Assessment is carried out on completion of the training. The assessment is a computer based multiple choice questionnaire based on the Aims and Objectives of the course owned by The Nautical Institute. A minimum score of 70% is required to pass the assessment. Participants are allowed a maximum of three attempts of the assessment. The assessment is administered by FSOSC on behalf of The Nautical Institute.

Course Duration

5 days

  • Day 1 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Day 2 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Day 3 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Day 4 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Day 5 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Course Availability

To check for upcoming course dates, course availability and to enrol on this course, please go
to our Training Management Portal.

Number of Participants

Maximum 2 participants

Maximum 4 participants

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course participants are required to agree with the Term and Conditions of enrolment. These terms and conditions are available at www.farstadsimulation-tms.com or on request from FSOSC staff.