DP Operator Verification of Competence

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The rationale of this assessment process is to enable participants to be assessed against an internationally recognised standard. This will achieve the twin aim of proving the generic competence of the Dynamic Positioning (DP) team, and provide the client with confidence that risk has been mitigated.

Participants will be required to prove, through theoretical tests and practical exercises, that they are able to plan and execute DP operations. This will include risk assessment, contingency planning, toolbox talk and the assessment of vessel capability.


For participants, who hold a recognised DP certificate and who are required by a 3rd party to demonstrate Competence in DP Operations.


The simulators at Farstad Shipping Offshore Simulation Centre (FSOSC) can be configured to reproduce similar scenarios expected, during the various phases of a DP operation or project.

During the assessment process, vessel or company specific documentation/procedures can be incorporated. In addition, desk top exercises utilising the vessel specific DP drill matrices can be utilised to provide further opportunities to verify knowledge & understanding of procedures.

During simulated bridge watch keeping exercises, participants will be required to carry out DP watch keeping practices and be assessed against the competencies contained in DNV Standard 3.322. “Competence of Dynamic Positioning Operator (DPO) – April 2013”.

This includes, a theory test, execution of the operational plan, completion of appropriate DP checklists and watch hand over. During this process they will be required to recognise and respond correctly to a variety of alarms, warnings and information messages which could lead to catastrophic failure.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Requirements

To undertake this assessment, the participant requires the ability to read and interpret typical product specifications, job sheets, procedures, and safety information as provided to operators. Writing is required to the level of completing workplace forms, log and reports.

Assessment & Competency Achievement

The assessment is conducted in English. 100% attendance and participation in the course is required. Participants will be awarded a Certificate on successful completion.

Course Duration

1 day

  • Day 1 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

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

Minimum 1 Participant

Maximum 3 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.