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

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

Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) Basic Operator is approved as meeting the requirements of IALA VTS Operator V-103/1.

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.

Course Entry Prerequisities

Participants must meet all of the following course entry requirements:

  1. Working at a VTS Centre for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
  2. Hold a minimum level of Master <24m NC (or Master Class 5, Skipper Grade 3); or undertake the VTS Basic Pre-Assessment Workshop and hold a Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP).
  3. Letter from a VTS Authority attesting to: Fluency in the English language; and Successful participation an emergency exercise during the past 12 months.

Pre-course candidate assessments:

Participants meeting the prerequisite criteria will be invited to complete a pre-commencement training needs assessment, which will be conducted at AMC.

The assessment will consist of a written answer paper (multiple-choice/short answer) to a series of questions related to the 8 elements of the AMC VTSO-BT programme:

  • Language
  • Traffic Management
  • Equipment
  • Communication Coordination
  • VHF Radio
  • Personal Attributes
  • Emergency Measures


Upon successful completion of this phase, candidates will be awarded with their V-103-1 certificate.

Full attendance and participation in ALL activities during the course will satisfy the required performance criteria.


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

  • Duration: 10 days
  • Course Options: (GST exempt)
    March 11-22, 2019 | Sydney, NSW | $6,900
    October 07-18, 2019 | Sydney, NSW | $6,900

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