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IALA Marine Aids to Navigation Manager – Distance Learning Programme 2019

The IALA World Wide Academy offers a distance learning programme to achieve qualification as an international IALA Level 1.1 Marine Aids to Navigation Manager. The programme consists of two modules of online learning, activities, case studies and examinations in addition to a residential course at an Accredited Training Organisation at various international locations. If all three modules are completed consecutively the qualification should be achieved within a year.

The next course commences in January 2019 and registration is now available and a second course is expected to start in summer 2019. Further details are attached in the course fact sheet and registration form.

Achievements of the Academy

During the 19th IALA Conference in Incheon, Republic of Korea, a brochure was launched on the success story of the World-Wide Academy. It informs on the achievements of the Academy from 2012 till May 2018. This visual shows you how conducting technical missions in combination with training people lead to a significant decrease of States in Need.

Master of AtoN Management Course

IALA Standard 1050 on training and certification recommends that national Competent Authorities and the accredited training organisations (ATOs) in their country utilise model courses concerned with the provision of AtoN services, in accordance with IALA Recommendations O-149 and R0141. To assist Member States to conform to its normative provisions and to claim compliance to that Standard, the IALA World-Wide Academy has drafted a new model course L1.2 entitled “Master of Aids to Navigation Management” which is an extension of the existing IALA Level 1 AtoN Manager course. To know more about this course, please download the flyer here.

The next Distance Learning Course 2018 will begin on June 11.

Distance Learning Course 2018

“The successful delivery of AtoN services depends upon competent and experienced personnel to implement and maintain such aids”. The next formal distance learning course based on the updated syllabus for potential AtoN managers will commence on 11 June 2018. The registration fee for Module 1 will be €1,000.  Sponsorship may be available for some participants. Click here for full details and click here for registration form.

The photograph shows the Deputy Secretary-General; the three successful participants from Trinidad and Tobago, UK and Antigua and Barbuda and course Adjudicator and Lecturer at the end of the Module 3 Course in IALA Headquarters in April 2018. The participant from the UK, Mr. Kevin Gregory, gained an overall “First Class” pass on the course.

Level 2 technicians training in Argentina



In 2017, Hidrovía S.A. Argentina, an Accredited Training Organization (ATO), launched and dictate the L2 training program with modules 7 and 8 (Operation and Maintenance of AIS-AtoN and Racons).  In response to good acceptance, a new training course has been confirmed, aimed at tech personnel specialized in AtoN Power Supplies, covering the following subjects:

✓    L2.2.1            DC Power Systems

✓    L2.2.2            Primary and secondary battery maintenance

✓    L2.2.3            Photovoltaic (Solar panel) systems and maintenance

✓    L2-2.4            Wind generators

✓    L2: 2.5 – 2.6   Mains AC power systems and Petrol and diesel generators

✓    L2:2.7            Lightning protection.


The 40-hour second L2 course for Technical Personnel will dictate in Buenos Aires, Argentina, between Sunday 16 and Friday 21 September, with a maximum attendance of 15 persons. The cost of the course will be five hundred dollars (500 U$S) including a sailing day doing maintenance task on AtoN installed.


Details on enrollment, content, activities and miscellaneous info can be requested via e-mail at: mlmarpegan@hidrovia-gba.com.ar and cursosIALA@hidrovia-gba.com.ar.

L1 AtoN Manager Course in China 2017, technical visit. Click here to see what courses are scheduled for 2018.

World-Wide Academy 2018 Course Agenda

The Academy is in the process of  facilitating Level 1 AtoN Manager Courses and IALA Risk Management Toolbox training all over the world. Below you can find a list with courses and dates. As soon as the flyers are ready they will be launched on the website.

  • IALA Risk Management Toolbox Seminar; South Africa – 26 February till 2 March- link to flyer
  • English L1 AtoN Manager Course; South Africa – 5 till 29 March (back to back with Risk Seminar in South Africa)- link to flyer
  • English L1 AtoN Manager Course; Malaysia – 5 till 30 March –link to flyer
  • Spanish L1 AtoN Manager Course; Ecuador – 16 April till 10 May – link to flyer
  • English L1 AtoN Manager Course Module 3 on AtoN Management; IALA Headquarters – 9 till 13 April (part of the distance learning course)
  • English L1 AtoN Manager Course; India – 23 July till 17 August
  • French L1 AtoN Manager Course Module;  France – 10 September till 5 October
  • IWRAP MkII Course; Japan – 1-5 October
  • English L1 AtoN Manager Course Module 3 on AtoN Management; IALA Headquarters – 26 till 30 November (part of the distance learning course)
  • English L1 AtoN Manager Course; China – 9 October till 2 November –link to flyer
  • English L1 AtoN Manager Course; Suriname – 29 October till 23 November –link to flyer
  • Master of AtoN Management Course; IALA Headquarters – 3 till 7 December – link to flyer
  • Spanish L1 AtoN Manager Course; Chile – postponed till next year