The Dynamic Positioning Centre is located in Central London near Tower Bridge. It is the leading DP Training Institute by student numbers in the UK and trains around 400 students a year since being founded in August 2000.

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How to get there:

The nearest train stations are London Bridge and Tower Hill and are a 10 minute walk from the DP Centre. London Bridge is a mainline station that also has London Underground lines (Jubilee & Northern) running through it and Tower Hill has 2 Underground lines available (District/Circle).


We can supply a list of accommodation in London to suit a range of budgets in a range of locations, to obtain this please E-Mail


DP Basic (Induction) Course

Location:   The Dynamic Positioning Centre London
Duration: 4 days (Monday to Thursday)
DP System: Converteam and Kongsberg
Course Details: Introduction to DP, Principles of DP, Power Management System, Rules and Regulations, Position Reference Systems, DP Operations and Procedures/Checklists, Essentials for the DPO
Cost:  £1245 + VAT
Certificate: The Nautical Institute approved Certificate of Attendance
Dates and Booking: For further information email

DP Advanced (Simulator) Course

Location: The Dynamic Positioning Centre London
Duration:  4 days (Monday to Thursday)
DP System: Kongsberg
Course Details: Practical Exercises, Planning Exercises, Risk Analysis, Use of Field Charts, DP Checklists, Watch keeping, Identification and Responses to Various Failures, Use of Status Lights, Evaluate Alarms and Messages,
Cost:       £1330 + VAT
Certificate: The Nautical Institute Certificate of Attendance
Dates and Booking: For further information email

DP Appreciation Course 

Location:  The Dynamic Positioning Centre London
Duration:      Designed to Clients requirements on length and content
DP System:  Converteam and Kongsberg
Topics Covered: 

This programme provides an introduction to dynamic positioning concepts, operations and equipment.

Cost:  £900 + VAT per Delegate for 2.5 Day Course
Certificate:    The Dynamic Positioning Centre Certificate of Attendance
Dates and Booking:  For further information email

DP Refresher Course 

Location:  The Dynamic Positioning Centre London
Duration:      2.5 days
DP System:  Kongsberg
Course Details: Update the participant’s knowledge of the principles of DP vessels, DP operations and DP emergencies taking into account recent developments and new IMCA guidelines. The participants will be required to prove through practical exercises that they are able to recognize and respond to the various alarms, warning and information messages and should also be able to react correctly in any circumstances which has or could lead to catastrophic failure.

£900 + VAT

Certificate:    The Dynamic Positioning Centre Certificate of Attendance
Dates and Booking:  For further information email

Dynamic Positioning FAQ

Q. Are the DP courses conducted at The DP Centre London accredited and if so by whom
A. Yes, the DP courses run at all the C-MAR DP Centres are fully accredited by The Nautical Institute which is the only body in the world that gives accreditation to DP courses. Its guidelines for the training and certification of Dynamic Positioning Officers are accepted as the industry standard. Check this link

Q. Does The Dynamic Positioning Centre issue Dynamic Positioning Operators Certificates?
A. No, The Dynamic Positioning Centre which is accredited by the Nautical Institute only conducts DP Training and issues DP Course Certificates. Only the Nautical Institute can issue a Dynamic Positioning Operators Certificate.  

Q. What are the different types of Dynamic Positioning Operators Certificates?
A. There is a Limited DP Certificate which only allows you to work on a DP Class I vessel and there is an Unlimited DP Certificate which allows you to work on any Class of DP vessel.

Q. How do I upgrade my Limited Dynamic Positioning Operators Certificate?
A. Once you have completed the required DP time on a DP Class II or Class III vessel and are ready to apply for an upgrade, you have send the completed Section F in the DP Log book,  

Upgrade form and original Limited certificate to The Nautical Institute. 

Q. How long is my Dynamic Positioning Operators Certificate valid for?
A. Your certificate will remain valid as long as you operate DP systems regularly. This is defined as a minimum of six months DP watch keeping experience within the previous five years or if you work as a DP instructor at an Institute accredited training centre.

Should a period of five years elapse  and you have not served aboard DP vessels, operated the DP equipment or instructed, you should recommence the training at the Simulator/Advanced course and complete all the requirements thereafter. On the attendance at the Simulator/Advanced course, the training centre will issue you with a new logbook and clearly mark this as part of the certificate renewal process.

Q. Will DP time served on DP vessels prior to doing the DP Basic Course be counted?
A. Currently any DP seatime accumulated within five years of you applying for your DP certificate, even if gained before taking the Basic course, will be counted towards the 6 months watchkeeping time required to gain a DP certificate. However, you are still required to complete 30 days seagoing familiarisation after the Basic course and a further 30 days after the Advanced. This time cannot be replaced by previous seatime.

From 1st January 2012 a maximum of 30 days DP time gained prior to attending the Basic (Induction) Course will be counted in order to apply for a DP certificate.

Q. I do not have an OOW Certificate. Can I still train to become a Dynamic Positioning Officer?
A. Currently It is not a statutory requirement for you to hold an OOW certificate to be able to become a certified DPO.  The DP Operator’s training programme is open to all ranks, provided they can meet the required DP watchkeeping time.

From 1st January 2012 the Minimum qualification will be set as STCW Regulation II/1 - II/2 - II/3 Deck and Regulation III/1 – III /2 – III/3 Engine.

Alternative Deck 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 all the elements, but cannot, apply for the DP certificate until they hold an appropriate STCW certificate.

Q. Can the DP Centre assist me in finding a job after completing my DP courses?
A. Yes, the DP Centre can provide addresses of DP companies once you have attended the Basic DP course at one of our DP Centres. This list is only an example of the types of companies that will possibly be recruiting but we are not aware of the companies recruiting status at any one time.

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