DNV launches new training scheme for DPOsTraining // May 24, 2013
DNV has launched a new training certification scheme for Dynamic Positioning Operators (DPOs) to training providers in the UK.
The new programme was rolled out in Aberdeen and London on 21st May and 23rd May respectively and will, said DNV, "provide a faster, and more tailored, course option in this field."
In order to develop and implement a new training system, a pilot project together with the Ship Modelling and Simulation Centre AS (SMSC) in Trondheim, Norway, was established. As a result, a new standard, ‘Test Centre for Certification of Personnel’ has been developed. This new standard covers the area of obtaining a DNV approved DP Test Centre certificate that permits the approved centre to issue DPO certificates.
The test centre standard is independent of the course and training activities. “It is important to point out the difference between the training and a test centre”, says Master Mariner Aksel David Nordholm at DNV Seaskill.
"The training centre is where DPO personnel go for training and that is accredited according to our training quality management certification programme. The test centre is where theory and practice is assessed. The test centres are the ones that issue the DPO certificates, not DNV.”
According to the requirements given by DNV, qualified candidates will be allowed to take the exams needed to obtain a DNV DPO certificate.
Another new element that is introduced with the DNV DPO initiative is that both the training and the following exams are specialised toward functionality on the DP - fit for distinguishable groups of operations.
Certificates issued will be valid only for the DP functionality covered by that particular course or exam. In addition, the DNV DPO initiative makes it possible to achieve a valid DPO certificate in significantly shorter time than before, without compromising on quality.
Martin Crawford-Brunt, Manager for DNV classification in the UK and Ireland, said: "The scheme has been developed to satisfy the demand within the industry for alternatives to the existing regime. While investigating the possibilities, DNV gained vital feedback so that we could develop a safe and relevant training experience for all prospective students.”