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Dynamic Positioning Basic
Training Course

The Dynamic Positioning Basic Training Course is an introductory level course which covers the basics of all areas of DP including:

  • DP system architecture
  • Basic Principles of DP
  • DP Modes of Operation
  • Operational Procedures
  • Risk Considerations

The course contains mixed media in the form of text, images, animations, video and audio.

Target User

  • All those intending to become a DP Operator.
  • All shore-based personnel who need an understanding of DP as part of their job.

Main modules:

  • Introduction to DP
  • DP systems
  • Thrusters and propellers
  • Power systems
  • UTM projection
  • DP Sensors
  • Position reference systems
  • Using PRS data
  • PRS handling
  • DP modes
  • DP operating procedures
  • DP capabilities
  • DP operations
  • Risk considerations

Regulations Addressed

STCW Section A-VIII/2

Course outcome:

On completion of the course, users intending to become DP Operators will have sufficient understanding of the principles and practice of dynamic positioning to confidently undertake a programme of simulator exercises at a C-MAR DP Centre as the next step towards gaining a recognised DP qualification from the Nautical Institute.

Users who are shore-based will have sufficient understanding of the principles and practice of dynamic positioning to make informed judgements about DP issues and situations they encounter in their day to day work.

Course Duration Approx 6-8 hours

Final Test

At the end of the course there is a test to check knowledge of the material. This interactive test is taken online and the score is recorded to our secure online database. There is also provision to print a test certificate for your records. The final test completion certificate should be printed and authenticated* by a supervisor before being submitted to Videotel.

Course pre-requisites:

There are no pre-requisites for completing this course. If you intend to become a DP Operator, you will need to look at the Nautical Institute website in order to understand the full certification needed to become a DPO in due course. www.nautinst.org.

Standard Level Certification

Assessment is based on the Final Test.
A certificate will be issued by Videotel for such work if it is of the required standard and the Final Test is authenticated*.


The course is aligned with the Nautical Institute DP Basic/Induction course syllabus. In the wake of the 2012 Manila amendments to STCW, specifically encouraging remote learning, Videotel and The Dynamic Positioning Centre will be applying to the NI to accept this course as a theoretical alternative to the Basic/Induction course. Students will still have to attend The Dynamic Positioning Centre for the practical and assessment elements, but they will be able to reduce their attendance time considerably.

Produced in association with:

C-MAR's The Dynamic Positioning Centre - London, Singapore, Brazil and India


For an up-to-date list of Flag State approvals, please refer to Videotel website at www.videotel.com

* 'Authentication' should be understood as: a senior representative of a registered shipping company involved in ship manning or ship management activities. For further information contact Videotel.