The Radar Navigation, Radar Plotting & Use of ARPA (Operational Level) training is minimum training requirement for Officers of Navigational Watch. The course syllabus is developed in accordance with the Table A-II/1 and Section B-I/12 of STCW 95 Convention as well as guidelines of IMO Model Course 1.07 and provides basic knowledge and practical experience of radar and ARPA operation for the future and acting Deck Officers.


After the successful completion of the Radar Navigation, Radar Plotting & Use of ARPA (Operational Level)  course trainees are expected to:

• Identify situations when radar should be in use and successfully operate it;
• Perform setting of the equipment to the most appropriate mode whilst be aware of the limitations and possible inaccuracies;
• Being within the range of the coast choose the most conspicuous land targets so as to fix the vessel position;
• Keep continual plotting of the possible collision targets and monitor vessel position, courses of other ships in order to timely prevent collision or close encounter.

Course content:

• Radar operation theory and practice;
• Setting up the radar in accordance with manufacturer’s requirement;
• Radar display and controls;
• Manual radar plotting technique;
• Radar as a navigational tool;
• Role of radar in collision prevention;
• ARPA system overview;
• Practical operation of ARPA.

Assessment: Computer based or written test and practical simulator examination.

Target Audience: Working or future OOW.

Pre-requisites: 12 months of sea-going experience as an OOW.

Duration: minimum 5 days.

Training Centers Offering This Course

The Netherlands (3)

Groningen, nl

Leeuwarden, Dokkum, Drachte, Emmeloord, Sneek, Kantoor Bedrijfsopleidingen, Diensten, Urk, Hiswa Amsterdam, nl

Rotterdam, nl

Romania (1)
Latvia (1)
Lithuania (1)
Estonia (1)