STCW VTS (IALA V103/5) Refresher


Course Code: MX1EC163


Maritime and Nautical

Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
04/04/2023Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 Days/ £1,565Enquire  
11/07/2023Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 Days/ £1,565Enquire  
11/10/2023Fleetwood Nautical Campus3 Days/ £1,725Enquire  

Course Overview

VTS personnel are required to undergo VTS Refresher training every three years. This need to be through either a formal VTS Refresher training course conducted by an MCA accredited VTS training organisation, or an in-house MCA approved course provided by a VTS Authority, with the appropriate resources in order to achieve the refresher training standard.

Our VTS (IALA V103/5) Refresher course provides professional development training to ensure that competence, knowledge and skills of VTS Personnel are updated on a periodic basis. 
Successful completion of this course will lead to the issuance of the MCA approved VTS (IALA V103/5) Refresher Course certificate.

Entry Requirements

This course is available to holders of the VTS (IALA V103/1) Operator Course certificate [providing this is no more than three years old].
Candidates should be current VTS Operators and have an in-date VTS Logbook.

NOTE: Delegates with a gap in their training that exceeds three years will need to complete the full VTS (IALA V103/1) Operator Simulator course.

Career Options and Progression

This course enables you to continue working as a qualified VTS Operator and you can progress further to higher levels by undertaking the VTS V103/2 Supervisor course, offered at Fleetwood Nautical Campus.

Assessment Methods

The course content will constantly evolve, be job-centred and relate directly to:

• maintenance of operational standards;
• recent changes, current/emerging trends and good practice that have been identified or promulgated by the IMO, IALA, MCA, Harbour Authorities, VTS Authorities, Pilotage Associations, accredited VTS Training Organisations;
• existing and evolving technological developments that may have an impact on the VTS environment; and

• lessons to be learnt from and relevant recommendations made by the MCA, the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) and others as a result of studies/investigations that may have an impact on the delivery of VTS.

The VTS Refresher training course will evaluate a candidate’s ability in the following areas as per the V103/1 Operator course:

• Equipment
• Use of VHF Radio
• Personal Attributes
• Traffic Management
• Emergency Operations
• Communications Coordination

Teaching and Learning Methods

The VTS Refresher course (21 hours) comprises lectures, presentations and workshops and 10 hours of simulation presented over three consecutive days.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

There are no additional costs associated with this course and no equipment is needed.

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of any courses within the College are approved to teach and/or assess the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering and/or assessing a given programme are appropriately qualified, with relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: NONE

Terms and Conditions

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