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DP Applications - New Online Process – 16 August 2023


The online process for New, Upgrade and Conversion applications has now been updated and no longer includes the requirement for the PDF Checklist to be included with the other documents to be uploaded to the online application.


Please note that these changes will apply only to those who have completed the declaration on the checkout page when applying. If you have applied before these changes, you will still need to print and complete the checklist and send with the rest of your documents.



DPVM Scheme – Grandfathering Extension - 12 July 2023


Following several requests from companies and individuals who cannot submit their applications using the DPVM grandfather route in the immediate future, we have been asked for an extension to the grandfathering route for DPVM qualifications beyond the current deadline of 30th of June 2023.


In agreement with the DPTEG, the Nautical Institute is extending the DPVM grandfathering pathway deadline until 31st December 2023.


What this means, is that for an application for DPVM certification to be eligible when following this pathway, the applicant will need to have passed the online exam on, or before, 31st December 2023.  The applicant should then complete the 26 sea time days and task sections before submitting their application.


There will be no further extension.


Grandfather requirements are laid down in the NI Standard Volume 1 and Annex I.


DP Revalidation CPD New Requirements - 11 April 2023


The Nautical Institute works with Industry Stakeholders who recognise the importance of the mandatory CPD for the DPOs and DPVMs for their DP Certificate revalidation to improve their DP knowledge through a systematic approach to continuing professional development.


The Nautical Institute revalidation requirements will help reduce skill fade and help continuously upgrade skills to provide for safer DP Operations.


The Nautical Institute mandatory CPD requirements are in place from 1st January 2024. The DPOs and DPVM certificate holders must complete and demonstrate CPD during the five-year period of their certificate validity.


The NI has developed a timeline information graphic for DPOs and DPVM certificate holders. Please check which year your certificate is due for renewal and what CPD modules and courses you require.


The current list of accredited CPD suppliers can be found on our Accredited Training Centres page.

Our FAQs can be found in our Information Centre.



Suspended Delivery Service - 2 March 2022


Due to the current crisis in Ukraine, DHL has suspended all deliveries to Russia and Belarus for the foreseeable future. DHL are however, now delivering to some regions within the Ukraine.  Below is a list of the Regions/Cities that DHL are unable to deliver to.




We will be holding documents with a return address that is in either Russia, or any of the above areas until an alternative address is provided. If you wish to update your address, you may do this by signing into your Alexis Platform account and updating your personal details.


Please note that if you wish your documents to be returned to a company address, we will also require the name and job title of the person who is to receive the documents on your behalf.



Ukrainian DPOs Certification extension - 14 March 2022


The Nautical Institute has granted an immediate extension to the validity period of these DP Certificates due to expire during 2022. Please read the circular below for full details.

DPTC 002-2022

What is DP?

Dynamic Positioning is a vessel capability provided individual systems & functions.

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