Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Qualifications and Training for Vessel Traffic Service Operators

Purpose

To provide guidance on the qualifications and training for Vessel Traffic Service Operators (VTSOs).

Qualifications and training requirements for VTSOs

The following qualification and training requirements apply to VTSOs.

A person should only be permitted to carry out the duties of a VTSO where:

    1. They hold a V-103 Certificate that is appropriate to the functions of the VTSO and is issued by a VTS training organisation that is accredited by AMSA in accordance with Marine Order 64 (Vessel traffic services) 2013; and
    1. Have satisfactorily completed On-the-Job Training* (OJT) at the VTS Centre at which the person is employed.  

OR

    1. Pending completion of a V-103 course delivered by a VTS training organisation that is accredited by AMSA in accordance with Marine Order 64 (Vessel traffic services) 2013, the VTS Operator in training must have satisfactorily completed OJT at the VTS centre at which the person is employed; and
    1. The VTS Operator in training operates under the supervision of a VTS Operator who holds a V-103 Certificate issued by a VTS training organisation that is accredited by AMSA in accordance with Marine Order 64 (Vessel traffic services) 2013.

 

* Note: On-the-Job Training is training and familiarisation at the VTS Centre at which the person is employed. It includes training on the particular types of service provided by the VTS centre, the facilities and equipment used as well as the local geography and appropriate port regulations and procedures. Assessment of OJT should be carried out by a person/s appropriately qualified and experienced holding a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or an IALA V-103/4 VTS On-the-Job Training Instructor certificate.

 

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