DP Operator Training – Basic (Induction)

Entry Prerequisites

Please note candidates wishing to attend the DP Basic (Induction) course must meet one of the following criteria:

1. STCW Certificate of Competency for International Waters; or

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 500 GRT.

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.

III/6 ETO: Electro-Technical Officer

2. Marine Vocational Qualification; or

Alternative appropriate marine vocational qualifications (MVQ) will be considered on a case by case basis.  The Nautical Institute defines a MVQ as a non-STCW Certificate of Competency issued by a white list Maritime Administration for use in the administration’s local waters only.

If you are unsure about the eligibility of your licence to enter onto the training scheme, it is advisable to contact The Nautical Institute for clarification before joining or starting the DP Basic course.

3. Officer Trainee

Prospective DPOs who are in the process of training for an initial STCW or Marine Vocational Qualifications (MVQ) certificate can start the DP scheme and complete the Induction course, 30 days DP sea time and task sections.

Once the candidate holds an appropriate STCW Certificate of Competency or Marine Vocational Qualification, the remaining 30 days DP sea time from Phase B (Offshore scheme) shall be completed. After obtaining this DP sea time, the candidate can enrol in the Simulator course and subsequently complete the remaining 60 days required in Phase D.

For further clarification of the DP Scheme, please contact The Nautical Institute.

Scheduled Dates*

Additional courses can be arranged, please contact: searchinfo@amc.edu.au.

Location Start Date End Date Status Register

*AMCS DP lecturers are experienced, practising senior DP operators, as such 2017 course dates will be published throughout the year as their availability is determined.  To express interest, email searchinfo@amc.edu.au

Course Registration

Acknowledgement of registration will be provided by return email. Confirmation of registration is provided upon payment of the course fees, and subject to AMCS Registration Terms.


5 days

Course Fee

AUD $4,000 (GST not applicable)

Course Fee Include

  • Course notes and writing materials
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • Complimentary WIFI access

AMCS Registration Terms

To secure your enrolment, payment of 50% of the course fee is required.  Cancellations up to 15 working days prior to the scheduled date will be accepted without penalty.  Cancellations less than 15 working days will be subject to 100% cancellation fee.

AMCS reserves the right to cancel the course if insufficient registrations have been received by seven days from commencement of course.  Any fees paid for cancelled courses will be refunded in full.

When making flight bookings please ensure you book on a fully refundable basis.

Course Aim

To provide the basic theoretical and practical knowledge in accordance with phase one of the Nautical Institute DPO training scheme.

The following links are provided for further information on the Nautical Institute Requirements for the DP Operator Training Scheme:


The following certificate will be issued by AMC to participants who successfully complete the course and provide documentary evidence to satisfy the course pre-requisite:

  • AMC Dynamic Positioning – Basic Certificate which is approved by the Nautical Institute (NI).

Full attendance and participation in ALL activities during the course will satisfy the required performance criteria. If you do not hold the required pre-requisites, you are not eligible for a NI approved certificate or Log Book.




Location Information

The course is conducted at the Australian Maritime College, Newnham Campus in Launceston Tasmania

Participants arriving at Launceston Airport should make their way to the Australian Maritime College, Newnham Drive, Newnham.  Taxi fare from the airport is approximately $55.00.

Parking:  Complimentary car parking is provided on campus in areas designated to AMCS participants and clients.

Accommodation Options

On-campus accommodation can be reserved via the online enrolment form. Further information is provided here, together with off-campus options.