Overview top

This course is intended for VTS Operators or VTS Supervisors who are looking to revalidate or update their training. This course normally takes place over three days, Tuesday to Thursday, from 09:00 – 17:00 with breaks for refreshments and lunch. Note please see booking email for actual course dates.

The course is designed as per IALA model course for VTS Refresher/Revalidation (C0103-5) and approved by the MCA.

The course is carried out both in classrooms and using a full mission Kongsberg VTS Simulator. Candidates will be updated with recent changes in VTS regulations and best practice. Candidates are faced with a series of realistic and interactive simulation exercises designed to test individuals in all aspects of providing safe and efficient Vessel Traffic Services.

Candidates who Successfully complete the course will be issued with an MCA approved VTS Refresher certificate (C0103-5). 


Entry Requirements top

Candidates should be current VTS Operators or VTS Supervisors.

The rules regarding who can use this course for revalidation depend upon the country candidates are working in:

VTS personnel working in the UK: The MCA require refresher training to be undertaken at a maximum three-year interval. VTS Operator, VTS Refresher, or VTS Supervisor courses all count as refresher training for this three-year limit.

If your last VTS Operator, VTS Refresher, or VTS Supervisor was over three years ago, and you have exceptional circumstances you should contact the MCA to check if you can use this course for revalidation. Candidates who do not meet the above criteria will need to sit the five-day VTS Operator course to revalidate, please check with the college and MCA if in any doubt.

VTS Personnel working outside of the UK: Please contact your competent authority to check the rules regarding how often VTS Refresher training should be taken.

Assessment top

This course is continuously assessed to the criteria set by the MCA. Candidates will receive constructive feedback during debriefs after each exercise. 

Further Information top

For any queries, please contact the Marine Booking Centre on 0191 427 3772 or email marine@stc.ac.uk 



Dates & Fees

Start End 19+ Full Cost
9/5/2023 11/5/2023 £1785.00£1785.00*
4/7/2023 6/7/2023 £1785.00£1785.00*
*Fee for non-UK residents
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