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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 V-103/1 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.
Pre-requisites: Any of the following three:
- MCA issued or Approved Deck OOW CoC or higher CoC or VTS Nautical Knowledge Certificate (IALA V-103/1 Module 3 & 4) & GMDSS ROC / VTS VHF Radio Certificate or higher certificate.
- 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.
- Candidates who complete the MCA approved Blended learning VTS Operator Course (V103/1) 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 V103 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.
VTS Operator training follows the IALA Model Course V-103/1 and covers the following modules:
- Traffic Management
- 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
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
There are no additional costs associated with this course and no equipment is needed.
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.
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Regulation and Accreditation
Accrediting Institution: N/A
Awarding Body: NONE
Terms and Conditions
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