Nautical Institute , in London administers Dynamic Positioning Operator training and certification. The Nautical Institute issue logbooks to trainees, they authorize training centers for DP Courses and control the issuance of DP certificates.
From 1st January 2012, The Nautical Institute will implement the minimum qualification of Trainees for DP Courses as STCW Regulation II/1 - II/2 - II/3 Deck and Regulation III/1 – III /2 – III/3 Engine.
The Dynamic Positioning Training programme is intended to apply to bridge watch-keepers already qualified by means of a certificate of competency as a deck officer / Engineer. The Dynamic Positioning Training programme involves five phases as follows
Only watch-keeping sea-time gained on board DP vessels officially classed as DP Vessel by one of the classification societies (Certificate on board) will be counted towards the required sea-time.
Minimum Sea-time required for Stage 4 of the Dynamic Positioning Training Scheme
The Nautical Institute does not have a definition for different levels of Dynamic Positioning Operators (sometimes called as Dynamic Positioning Officer).
A "Trainee DPO" is generally considered to be a person who is working toward the award of a DPO Certificate and a Dynamic Positioning Operator as someone who holds a valid DPO Certificate. Mostly its the Marine Companies who assign levels of DPO status to suit their own operational needs and charter requirements.