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NEW FOR 2024

  • Upgraded user experience

  • Personal secure online dashboard available 24/7

  • Instant result reporting

  • Simplified login procedure

  • Instant links to online study material and industry documentation

  • Study material downloadable for use offline and yours to keep

  • Same outstanding customer service, simply email

  • Same cost efficient solution

  • Still done in eight weeks

  • Same personalised guided reports and study pathways

  • Still the ONLY DP CPD differentiated role and rank

From the 1st January 2024 every DP officer with 150 days sea time revalidating their DPO or DPVM certificates will have to:

  1. Have evidence of engagement with a DP CPD programme

  2. Take a nautical Institute online exam.

Where a DP officer does not have evidence of engagement with a DP CPD programme then a full Nautical Institute DP refresher and competency assessment course must be taken before certificate can be revalidated.

At Keelson we believe that CPD is the ISM of crew competence. That is, we think the provision of CPD should rest with the company. A such our DP CPD programme is primarily aimed at companies investing in the process for their DP personnel and includes live BI reporting interfaces and bespoke packages. Individual DP practitioners can however enrol independently of their employer (click here)

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Each  assessment:

  • is differentiated for role and rank onboard. This means that a Master gets different question than the Chief Engineer and harder questions than a DPO

  • is unique, created randomly within subject matter groups,  from a database of several hundred questions

  • directly linked to a line item in a published pice of industry regulation or guidance from then IMO, IMCA, and MTS.

  • takes about 60 minutes 




  • Appraisals: Use our DP CPD package to support your annual appraisal system. The interim report will guide your staff to self study and improvements can be demonstrated in the final assessment.

  • Training: Analyse your results over one vessel or the whole fleet and TARGET training where it is most needed.

  • Recruitment: Use the DP CPD assessment as part of your recruitment process and employ the best!

  • Due Diligence: Prove your commitment to ensuring crew competence to clients, flag and classification societies.


* We often get asked "how long will it take?". The educational answer is, of course, never stop learningIndeed, the ISM answer is never stop challenging and learning. But seafarers are practical people; practical and busy people, so a practical answer is deserved. The Nautical Institute's new CPD requirements in Annex K will negate the need for a full revalidation course every five years. The NI's standard for the revalidation course states 'not less than 34 hours'. Logic would then suggest that a NI approved CPD programme should not be less that 34 hours spread over five years. This equates to not less than 7 hours a year. In Keelson's DP CPD program two online assessments are taken each lasting an hour. This leaves approximately not less than five hours of study every year. But what to study in those five hours? Here's the clever bit! Because we start with a base line assessment you only need study the areas you got wrong. We normally set the DP CPD 'window' for eight weeks. You take the base line assessment as soon as you are enrolled. Then you look at your report, see where you need to be reminded of  things, engage with the learning materials and DP app, and then log back in to take another assessment to see how much you have improved. Job done! We use eight weeks as a traditional offshore hitch cycle as we believe this should be done onboard; but we can work with companies and adjust this to suit fleet and project schedules if necessary.


Remember, we should NEVER STOP learning and challenging, but practical solutions must be offered to practical people.

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