Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Operator (V-103/1)

Course also known as: VTS Basic, V-103/1

Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Operator (V-103/1) meets the requirements of IALA VTS Operator V-103/1.

VTS Operator training comprises eight modules (Language, Traffic Management, Equipment, Nautical Knowledge, Communication Coordination, VHF Radio, Personal Attributes and Emergency Situations). Each module deals with specific subjects that IALA has identified in V-103/1 as representing requirements or functions of a VTS Operator. 

The training focuses on competence, using simulated exercises and assessments which have been designed to be representative of events and incidents likely to be experienced in a VTS Centre.

Note: in order to meet the IALA specified learning outcomes, within the nominated course duration the course will have a significant Recognition of Prior Learning process.

Who should participate?

Current VTS Operators who meet the prerequisites below.

Entry Prerequisites

To be eligible for enrolment in VTS Operator Training candidates must provide evidence of meeting one option from each element.

Element 1 - Vessel Traffic Services Experience or Local Port Services Experience

  • Option 1: AMCS Local Port Services Technical Elements (Online Course); or
  • Option 2: Working at a VTS Centre for a continuous period of no less than 12 months, including experience in emergency exercises during the past 12 months.

Element 2 - Maritime Qualifications

Element 3 - English

  • Option 1: Letter from a VTS Authority attesting to English as their first language; or
  • Option 2: IELTS test results of level 5 or equivalent

International Candidates: Please provide evidence of maritime qualifications and work history for consideration.


The following certificate will be issued by AMC to participants who successfully complete* the course:

  • IALA approved V-103/1 Vessel Traffic Services Operator

*100% attendance, full participation and completion of all exercises is required.


Approved as meeting the requirements IALA VTS Operator V-103/1.


  • Duration: 10 days. Please note this course is delivered Monday - Friday, 0900 - 1700 AEDT (UTC +11) each day with 1 hour for lunch.
  • Note:

    Remote delivery incorporating VTS simulation. Please see the 'Remote Delivery Information' tab at the bottom of the page for further information.

  • Course Options: (GST exempt)
    February 21 - March 04, 2022 | Remote Delivery | $7,260
    September 05 -16, 2022 | Remote Delivery | $7,260
  • Course available on demand

    This course is available on demand, delivered at various locations. To express interest, please contact us.

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I attended AMC Search to complete Vessel Traffic Services Officer (VTSO) training and LOVED IT! The facilities are outstanding, the course delivery (content & pace) are brilliant and the teaching staff are world class.

Simone Ferrier