I completed and received my NI Unlimited DPO in 2015 and was laid off shortly after.
It has been very difficult to find steady DP work in the last few years, and I’m a few days short of the 150 days required to revalidate my cert.
Revalidation courses cost $1500-$3000; I can spend $1500 at MPT + $1500 for travel / lodging, or $3000 for Kongsberg Houston and commute daily.
Working offshore is getting expensive and I can’t understand how people are maintaining these licenses. No one seems to be hiring or training new DPOs and most employers don’t pay for classes any longer – I don’t see how this is sustainable.