Certification bodies and examination centres of persons

We verify whether the certification of persons is performed objectively in compliance with DNV-ST-0032 Certification bodies and examination centres of persons.

How can you prove to the industry and administrations that certificates of competence you issue, e.g. to dynamic positioning operators, are based on impartial performance assessments and aligned with industry standards?

To ensure that assessment of individuals is carried out in a transparent and impartial manner we have developed a standard that focuses on the organisation and performance of independent test centres, not linked to training organisations or shipowners.

This independent position allows for the assessment of an individual purely based on someone’s demonstrated competence. The assessments meet industry expectations as defined in regulations (e.g. STCW), agreed in industry standards (e.g. IMO Model Courses, IMCA documents) or by other parties.

The standard DNV-ST-0032 Certification bodies and examination centres of persons addresses all the relevant issues in the support of a controlled management of exams and certificates. It applies to any organisation issuing certificates of competence to individuals. Certification guarantees that the assessments and grading of examinations are based on clearly defined competence criteria, aligned with the applicable performance standard.

In addition, DNV has developed two recommended practices containing a framework for certification of dynamic positioning operators (DNV-RP-0007) and of remote control centre operators (DNV-RP-0323).

A DNV-ST-0032 Certificate is valid for five years and subject to annual audits.

With the DNV-ST-0032 Certificate, you can:

  • Demonstrate quality, professionalism, impartiality and integrity of your organisation
  • Demonstrate that your assessments and outcomes reflect the competence criteria and needs of the industry
  • Improve your reputation
  • Increase your market recognition
  • Stand out from non-certified institutions
  • Improve your relations with authorities and the industry

Related documents and links


Certification of test centres service brochure

2-pages (PDF, 1MB)


List of test centres

1-page PDF


DNV standards

The list provides you with all DNV competence-related standards