STCW VTS (IALA C103-1) Induction Course


Course Code: MX1EC204


Maritime and Nautical

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Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
15/07/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus1 Week/ £1,955Enquire  
14/10/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus1 Week/ £2,115Enquire  
07/04/2025Fleetwood Nautical Campus1 Week/ £2,115Enquire  

Course Overview

The VTS Induction course (35 hours) offers a variety of approaches, meets the requirements of IALA and the MCA and provides underpinning knowledge and prepares trainees for the formal assessment to IALA C0103/1 model course for Modules 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8.

This course offers delegates the opportunity to achieve and demonstrate competence in VTS underpinning knowledge and simulated exercises, ending with two written paper assessments.

VTS Operator training is a modular process leading to full MCA certification as a VTS Operator.

The duration of the course is two weeks in total: 

Week 1, VTS Induction Course; 

Week 2, VTS Operator Simulator Course (although these weeks can be booked separately and are priced accordingly).

Successful completion of this course will lead to the issuance of the MCA approved VTS Induction course certificate.

Entry Requirements

Pre-requisites: Any of the following three:

  1. MCA issued or Approved Deck OOW CoC or higher CoC or VTS Nautical Knowledge Certificate (IALA C0103/1 Module 3 & 4) & GMDSS ROC / VTS VHF Radio Certificate or higher certificate. 
  2. Candidates who hold UK Coast Guard Senior Marine Operating Officer (SMOO) Certificate can top up this to VTS Nautical Knowledge by attending 1 week Radar & ARPA course.
  3. Candidates who complete the MCA approved Blended learning VTS Operator Course (C0103/1) Module 4 – Nautical Knowledge and attend 1 week Radar & ARPA course.

Overseas clients need to meet the additional requirement of the English language as per IALA C0103 requirements - which are:

  • All VTS personnel are required to meet the English Language requirement. Recommended training hours for Module 1 (Language) of the IALA Model Course V- 103/1 are set on the assumption that VTS trainees have achieved an International English Language Testing Scheme (IELTS) Level 5 or equivalent prior to commencement of training.
  • The validity of an IELTS certificate is two years. If the IELTS certificate has been obtained earlier than the two-year validity period, the candidate should demonstrate evidence that they have maintained or improved their proficiency in English.

Career Options and Progression

Once you have completed this course, you can enrol on to the IALA VTS C103/1 Simulator Operator course.

Upon the successful of this course and once you have satisfied all the other requirements of the IALA VTS C0103/1, you will be qualified as a VTS operator and be able to work in any sea port or any VTS centre in the world. 

You can progress further to higher levels by undertaking the VTS C0103/2 Supervisor course offered at Fleetwood Nautical Campus.

Assessment Methods

VTS Operator training follows the IALA Model Course C0103/1 and covers the following modules:

  • Language
  • Traffic Management
  • Equipment
  • Communication Co-ordination
  • VHF Radio
  • Personal Attributes
  • Emergency Situations

Nautical Knowledge is covered separately through blended learning - and is a pre-requisite for the VTS Induction course.

Assessment will be in the form of written tests, direct observation, oral questioning and by simulated scenarios.

Teaching and Learning Methods

This is a week long course (35 hours) and runs from 9am to 5pm for 5 days.

Teaching and learning is based on classroom delivery, videos, discussions and simulated scenarios.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

There are no requirements for any industry placement and/or field trips to complete this course.

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

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