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I have already gained sea time as a DPVM – can I use this to grandfather onto the scheme?

If you have gained at least 150 sea time days over the last five years in a DP engineering/ETO or other technical capacity on board DP-equipped vessels, then you do not need to complete the DPVM course and may proceed to take the NI remote assessment.

From there you will still need to complete Parts 2 and 3 of the scheme before being eligible to apply.  Please see the scheme layout attached for more details.

If you have any specific questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the Qualifications team at

You can book your test by contacting


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  1. James Luetchford

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