After the course, the successful participants are able to:

  • Carry out operational planning, risk assessment and hazard identification tasks
  • Set up the DP system for a particular task
  • Operate the communications
  • Analyze the trends
  • Discuss systems failures
  • Decide on courses of action because of systems failures
  • React to alarms and printer readout
  • Initiate DP Alert status alarms
  • React to all events occurring
  • Operate the desk under normal and pressured conditions
  • Practice effective teamwork
  • Apply the lessons learned to date
  • ASOGs

The course is a key element of the DPO training programme. As such participants will have completed the Induction Course and gained the specified experience before enrolment (Phase B and Task Section dated and signed on DP Logbook).

The minimum qualification is set at STCW Regulation II/1 – II/2 – II/3 Deck, Regulation III/1 – III /2 – III/3 – III/6 Engine and Regulation III/6 for ETOs  and Cadet *

*Note: Prospective DPO (cadet), who are in the process of training for an STCW certificate., can start the DP scheme and complete the Simulator Course before holding an OOW Certificate.

You must apply for the NI certificate no later than 5 years after completing the DP Induction course.

Number of Candidates attending the Simulator Course must be regulated so that each student obtains sufficient hands-on experience of operating the system when having to react to various failure scenarios.

In order to achieve this, the NI allows a maximum ratio of four students taught by one instructor per one Class B or A Simulator.

By exception, and where justified, a ratio of five or six students may be considered

Course Languages and Course Material: English

English language is the language used for the training standard. Knowledge, understanding and speaking of English language is a minimum requirement to enter into the course. IMAT centre reserves the right to reject students if they do not meet the minimum language level to be admitted in the DP course, without any refund.

  • Study of DP incidents
  • Construction and use of work site diagrams, charts and vessel templates for use in DP operations
  • Preparation of plans for a projected DP operation, contingency plans for expected deviations and emergencies
  • Participation in simulated situations in a variety of DP operations while handling routine and emergency situations
  • Risk and safety analysis, and defining DP equipment classes
  • The DP system’s utilization of position measurements, and tests on position reference systems
  • STCW Certificate (OOW Certificate) Deck and Engine, III/6 for ETOs (original)
  • Seaman’s Book (original) Seafarer ID
  • English Dictionary for online examination
  • Passport , e-mail address registered at Nautical Institute and N.I.P. Code or Tax Identification
  • Original DP Induction Basic Course Certificate (not older than 5 years)
  • Original DPO Logbook


  • for those has started the DP Training Scheme BEFORE January 2015 with Green/Blue/Black DP Logbook: Original Green/Blue/Black DP LOGBOOK with Section B and Section C completed (a minimum of 30 days documented seagoing familiarization on a DP capable vessel. There must be no more than six years between the DP Simulator Operator Course and the DP Induction Operator Course).
  • for those has started the DP Training Scheme FROM January 2015 with Grey DP Logbook:

Original Grey DP LOGBOOK with Phase B and Task Book Section completed. (There must be no more than five years between the DP Simulator Operator Course and the DP Induction Operator Course)


The training will be a combination of theoretical lessons and practical exercises. The participants will

work with practical scenarios based on real operations, training on planning and executing specified operations under varying simulated conditions, including emergency handling


DP Simulator Course has a three-part assessment process:

1.1. DP Set Up Practical Assessment, undertaken as the course progresses. This must be successfully completed and competence to perform tasks is a requirement to pass the course.

1.2. Online Exam at completion of the course which needs to be passed.

1.3. Formative Assessment, which is feedback given to students throughout the course. This may vary from centre to centre but should consist of :

(i) briefing, consisting of Scenario Objects (SMART) and feedback criteria (how to measure participants obtaining a correct level)

(ii) debriefing, consisting of two parts, feedback from students and feedback from the instructor, specifically after simulator exercises.


In order to be awarded a certificate of completion for the Simulator Course the trainee must pass an online assessment at the training centre. The exam is composed of multiple choice questions and shall be completed in 1 hour. The online assessment will consist of 30 questions and shall be completed in one hour with a pass mark of 70%.

Students who fail at the first attempt are allowed to have another two attempts within six months of the first attempt; however, the second attempt must be undertaken within 96 hours of the first attempt. Failing these three initial attempts, the student is required to repeat the Simulator Course and undertake the assessment again.


Each candidate is required to demonstrate their competence to perform the tasks listed in the DP Set-up Practical Assessment Table.

The Control Sheet establishes the conditions under which the practical assessment occurs and the criteria against which the student’s performance will be measured.

10.1. The simulator Assessment Form for the practical assessment is to be used by the instructor/assessor when conducting assessments of the practical skills demonstration on the simulator.

10.2. The instructor/assessor will observe how the candidate demonstrates the skills listed in the NI’s DP Set-up Practical Assessment Table and determine if the candidate passes or fails.

The Course is total 5 days (28 hours theoretical and practical lesson) included a final assessment the last day

Day 1: from 8.30 to 13.00 – 14.00 to 16.45  (coffee break 15’/Lunch 13:00 to 14:00 included)

Day 2: from 8.30 to 13.00 – 14.00 to 16.45  (coffee break 15’/Lunch 13:00 to 14:00 included)

Day 3: from 8.30 to 13.00 – 14.00 to 16.45  (coffee break 15’/Lunch 13:00 to 14:00 included)

Day 4: from 8.30 to 13.00 – 14.00 to 16.45  (coffee break 15’/Lunch 13:00 to 14:00 included)

Day 5 :from 8.30 Final Online NI Assessment

The DP Simulator course is the third phase of the Nautical Institute (NI) DP Operator Certification Scheme.

An Operator Simulator (Advanced) certificate will be issued on succcessful completion of the course, the course will be registered on DP Logbook.

STCW Part B1 – Guidance on the Training and Experience for Personnel Operating Dynamic Positioning Systems

Training of Dynamic Positioning (DP) operators is conducted according to Nautical Institute’s (NI) certification scheme in a five phase program:

1)DP Induction course + Online Exam,

2)OnBoard Training,60days (Active/passive)

3)DP Simulator Course + Practical&Online Exam,

4) OnBoard watchkeeping Experience,60 days (Active)

5)Concluding with final candidate Master/SDpoassessment and Application Online (

All of the five phases are witnessed and recorded by entries in a DP trainee logbook.



The courses are weekly organized except the second, third week of August and the Christmas holiday season. In addition, courses are organized on request through private or corporate bookings.

Call the number 081-5099303

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