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Advanced Certificate in Designated Person Ashore (DPA)

Discover what it takes to become a great DPA by tutored online learning.

Starts 10 April 2019

Gain an in-depth knowledge of a DPA's duties

The role of the DPA is key to provide structure and safety onboard a vessel. This 12 week professional development course thoroughly explores the duty of a DPA to ensure the safe operation of your vessel. Delivered by part-time tutored online learning the course gives you an advanced knowledge in the requirements, duty & responsibilities of a Designated Person Ashore in six carefully constructed study modules.

This course is taught in partnership with North Kent College. 

When: 10 April 2019
Where: via Online Learning
Duration: 12 weeks part-time

Ideal for:

  • Ship managers, superintendents, and operations managers
  • Potential and existing DPs wanting accreditation
  • Technical personnel, engineers and crew managers
  • Marine and insurance surveyors and Flag, Coastal and Port State Officers
  • Shipping company personnel requiring an understanding of the DP and the ISM Code
  • Allied professionals with a desire to develop their understanding of the role of the DP

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  • Introduction to the Course
  • The ISM Code and ISPS Code
  • Maritime Legislation
  • Conventions, Codes, Guidelines, Standards
  • The Designated Person and their position in the Company
  • Case Study

Learn online with the support of industry experts


Captain John Dickie

Captain Dickie has spent over 40 years in the maritime industry and is managing director of JDass Ltd.

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This course is a new addition to our LMA portfolio and it was created to attend the high demand and numerous requests of professionals working within the maritime industry.

The Advanced Certificate will be appropriate for professionals who want to develop an in-depth knowledge in Designated Person Ashore (DPA).

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