The VTS Operational Course covers the minimum requirements of the IALA Recommendation V-103. It is based on the minimum required knowledge and competence factors for certification as a VTS Operator and covers the theoretical knowledge required for training as defined in Recommendation V-103. Satisfactory completion of this course and the VTS Operators course is required for the issue of a VTS Operator Certificate.
Candidate VTS Operators are faced with a series of realistic interactive simulation exercises designed to test individuals in all aspects of providing safe and efficient Vessel Traffic Services. The exercises gradually increase in complexity and require application of all the knowledge gained throughout the VTS Operational Course. Candidates are expected to deal with real world vessel traffic management situations under normal and emergency situations in simulated environments.
The complete course comprises eight modules, each of which deals with a specific subject representing a requirement or function of a VTS Operator, followed by simulated exercises and assessment intended to be representative of events and incidents likely to be experienced in a VTS centre.
The eight modules are as follows:
- Module 1: Language
- Module 2: Traffic Management
- Module 3: Equipment
- Module 4: Nautical Knowledge
- Module 5: Communication Co-ordination
- Module 6: VHF Radio
- Module 7: Personal Attributes
- Module 8: Emergency Situations