Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Operator (C0103-1)

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

Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Operator meets the requirements of IALA VTS Operator C0103-1.

VTS Operator training comprises seven modules (Communication Coordination and Interaction, Legal Framework, Provision of VTS, Nautical Knowledge, Equipment, Human Factors, Emergency Situations). Each module deals with specific subjects that IALA has identified in C0103-1 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?

Persons who are interested in becoming VTS Operators and meet the entry 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 Introduction To Port Operations (Online Course); or
  • Option 2: Additional recognition of prior learning can be assessed on a case by case basis. 

Element 2 - Maritime Qualifications

  • Option 1: STCW Certificate of Competency Regulation 11/3; or Australian NSCV Master <24m near coastal (NC); or equivalent; or
  • Option 2: AMCS V-103/1: Module 4 Chartwork and Nautical Knowledge; and hold either a SROCP (minimum requirement) or LROCP

Element 3 - English

  • Option 1: A statutory declaration from an employer of English proficiency to the level 'modest user' or above; or
  • Option 2: IELTS test results of level 5 or equivalent


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

  • IALA approved C0103-1 Vessel Traffic Services Operator

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


Approved as meeting the requirements IALA VTS Operator C0103-1.


  • Duration: 10 days. Please note this course is delivered Monday - Friday, 0900 - 1730 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)
    24 June - 05 July 2024 | Launceston, TAS | $7,855 Join Waitlist
    07-18 October 2024 | Launceston, TAS | $7,855 Join Waitlist
  • 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