Per Nautical Institute website:
The relevant parts are highlighted in red. Basically what you need to do is email the NI with a copy of your license and ask permission to begin training based on your USCG 100 ton license and experience. Once you have a letter granting permission, you can start taking courses.
MINIMUM ENTRY QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS ONTO THE DP SCHEME ‐ from 1st January 2012
Following the Manila STCW amendments 2010, The Nautical Institute has
implemented the following criteria for entry onto the DP Operators Training Scheme:
The Minimum qualification will be set at STCW Regulation II/1 ‐ II/2 ‐ II/3 Deck
and Regulation III/1 – III /2 – III/3 Engine
II/1 Deck Officers in charge of a navigational watch on ships of 500 GRT or more.
II/2 Deck Master and chief mate on ships of 3,000 GRT or more.
II/3 Deck Officers in charge of a navigational watch and of masters on ships of less than
III/1 Engine Officers in charge of an engineering watch in a manned engine‐room or
designated duty engineers in a periodically unmanned engine‐room.
III/2 Engine Chief engineer officers and 2nd engineer officers on ships powered by main
propulsion machinery of 3,000kW propulsion power or more.
III/3 Engine Chief engineer officers and 2nd engineer officers on ships powered by main
propulsion machinery of between 750kW and 3,000 kW propulsion power.
THE NAUTICAL INSTITUTE DYNAMIC POSITIONING OPERATOR’S CERTIFICATE Version 2.1 July/2012 3
Alternative appropriate marine vocational qualifications will be considered on a
case by case basis.
Prospective DPO’s, who are in the process of training for an STCW certificate
can start the DP scheme and complete the Induction (Basic) course and 30 days
Familiarisation only. The Simulator (Advanced) course and watchkeeping
training can only be completed after they hold an appropriate STCW certificate
Prospective DPO’s, not meeting the above requirements
will be able to apply for certification, if they commenced
training prior to the implementation date and all
elements have been completed within a 5 year period at
the time of application.
Following implementation of the above all existing DPO
certification will be honored and will remain valid.
qualification: is a
of Competency issued
by a white list Maritime
Administration for use
in the administration’s
local waters only.