Course Code: MX1EC233


Maritime and Nautical

Next course dates

Start DateLocationDuration / Fee
02/04/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus1 Week/ £2,080Enquire  
08/07/2024Fleetwood Nautical Campus1 Week/ £2,080Enquire  

Course Overview

The VTS (IALA C0103/1) RADAR/ARPA course will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to operate a ship's Radar and ARPA.

This course is intended for people who do not hold an STCW MCA approved Radar/ARPA certificate or a NAEST (O) or NAEST (M) certificate.

The course is designed to meet the Radar/ARPA element of the requirements of the IALA VTS Operator Course (C0103/1) Module 3: Equipment.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Overseas clients need to meet the English Language requirement as per the following IALA V103 requirements:

“All VTS personnel are required to meet the English Language requirement. Recommended training hours for Module 1 (Language) of the IALA Model Course C0103/1 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 C0103/1 Induction course and subsequently on to the IALA VTS C0103/1 Simulator Operator course.

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.

Assessment Methods

•    Fundamentals of Radar Theory
•    Radar Controls
•    Factors Affecting Radar Detection
•    Factors Affecting Interpretation
•    Generic VTS Radar Display Features

•    Introduction to Radar Tracking Systems 
•    Introduction to Manual Tracking Systems 
•    Introduction to Use of Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) for Tracking
•    Plotting Systems 
•    Information Management

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

Teaching and Learning Methods

It is a week-long course (30 hours) and runs from 0900 to 1700 over 5 days.

The VTS (IALA C0103/1) RADAR/ARPA Course comprises lectures, presentations and the use of simulation presented over five days.

Industry Placement and Field Trips

There is no requirement 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

Regulation and Accreditation

Accrediting Institution: N/A

Awarding Body: N/A

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