IALA AtoN Manager Training

Introduction

The IALA level 1 series of model courses provides a framework for the training and education of professionals involved in the strategic and operational management of AtoN services. The model courses cover the fundamental principles of effective AtoN management, with a significant emphasis on the implementation of the IALA standards, to enable coastal States to have suitably qualified professionals to effectively discharge their obligations under the SOLAS Convention.

There are currently three courses in the level 1 series which are described on this page:

  • Marine Aids to Navigation Manager (level 1.1)
  • Master of Marine Aids to Navigation Management (level 1.2)
  • Use of the IALA Risk Management Tools (level 1.3)

Courses on the procurement of AtoN products and services and e-Navigation implementation are under development.

Course language requirements

IALA courses are delivered in English, French and Spanish with Arabic and Portuguese programmes under longer-term development. The range of languages is continuously under review and other languages may be available upon request drawing on the expertise of the global network of accredited training organisations.

For courses delivered in English, it is expected that participants should have attained the International English Language Testing System (IELTS Band 5 or equivalent) prior to commencing the course to maximise the learning experience and to facilitate full participation:

“You have a partial command of the language, and cope with overall meaning in most situations, although you are likely to make many mistakes. You should be able to handle basic communication in your own field”.

Level 1.1 Marine Aids to Navigation Manager

This training is intended for those with responsibility for the operational management and implementation of AtoN services. Candidates may be employed by competent authorities charged with the provision of AtoN services as well as port authorities AtoN manufacturers and consultants.

Training is available through a global network of Accredited Training Organisations and by means of distance learning.

Course structure

The course consists of three modules:

Module One – consists of an introduction to the marine environment and AtoN and covers the foundation of maritime knowledge required by an AtoN manager.

Module Two – covers the technical and operational knowledge of visual, radio and audible AtoN and Vessel Traffic Services required by an AtoN manager.

Module Three – covers practical aspects of AtoN provision, design and management.

The following topics are covered within the three modules:

  • IALA and other International Organisations
  • Basic Nautical Knowledge
  • Introduction to AtoN
  • The View from the Bridge
  • Technical functions of visual and audible short-range AtoN
  • Technical functions of short-range radio AtoN and Differential GNSS
  • Vessel Traffic Services
  • Structures, materials and historic lighthouses
  • Power supplies
  • AtoN Provision; Design and Management
  • Maintenance, contracts, funding, human resources and protection of the marine environment
  • Major planning task

Entry requirements

Participants are expected to be in possession of at least one of the following proven competencies or qualifications:

  • A degree in engineering or related sciences;
  • A degree from an accredited maritime college;
  • A seagoing Master’s Certificate or equivalent military naval qualification;
  • A diploma in an engineering or related science and at least 3 years’ fieldwork experience;
  • A recognised qualification in a marine-related discipline (e.g. FIG-IHO hydrographic certificate);
  • Be in possession of IALA AtoN Level 2 Certificates and at least 3 years’ fieldwork experience;
  • At least 2 years’ work experience with a recognised AtoN service provider in a junior management capacity.

Participants who do not meet the proven competencies listed above may still be considered for entry to the course. In such cases, a comprehensive analysis of the proposed participants previous experience and qualifications should be undertaken to enable an assessment to be made as to whether they have the professional and personal attributes necessary to give a reasonable likelihood of successfully completing the course.

Assessment

Participants will need to fully complete a range of practical in-course activities along with a written examination for each module. Module three will also include an assessed group task involving the preparation of an operational plan for AtoN provision within a specified area.

The minimum pass mark for each assessed element of the course is 50%.

Fees and registration

Course fees for distance learning start from €2,000 and fees for the residential course may vary dependent on the venue. Sponsorship may be available for coastal States in need of assistance to develop their AtoN capacity.

Residential courses last for a period of four weeks and distance learning courses should be complete within a period of less than 12 months if sufficient time is made available for study each week.

Course dates and further information

The programme of courses can be found here.

For further information or to register interest in any of these courses please e-mail academy@iala-aism.org

Level 1.2 Master of Marine Aids to Navigation Management

This training is intended for those with responsibility for the strategic management and implementation of AtoN services. Training is available through the IALA World-Wide Academy in cooperation with a global network of Accredited Training Organisations and by means of distance learning.

The Master of Marine Aids to Navigation Management qualification addresses key aspects of AtoN governance from a strategic perspective aimed at senior management personnel concerned with AtoN service provision or its supervision.

Course structure

The Master of AtoN Management course consists of two modules.  Module one covers areas of knowledge in which senior AtoN managers are required to have knowledge and skill related to governance and strategic management.  Module two is a group task to produce a specific strategic analysis of an AtoN authority.

The course will cover a range of topics based around the following broad subject headings:

  • Governance of AtoN services,
  • Technical aspects of AtoN management,
  • Funding of AtoN services,
  • Human resources, competencies and planning,
  • Preparation of a strategic plan.

Entry requirements

Participants are expected to be in possession of at least one of the following proven competencies or qualifications:

  • hold the IALA Level 1.1 Marine Aids to Navigation Manager qualification with at least two years subsequent experience as an AtoN Manager; or
  • have at least five years experience as an un-certificated AtoN Manager in an recognised AtoN service provider; or
  • have at least five years experience in the maritime department of a national competent authority.

Participants who do not meet the proven competencies listed above may still be considered for entry to the course. In such cases, a comprehensive analysis of the proposed participants previous experience and qualifications should be undertaken to enable an assessment to be made as to whether they have the professional and personal attributes necessary to give a reasonable likelihood of successfully completing the course.

Assessment

Participants will need to fully complete a range of practical in-course activities along with the preparation of an outline strategic plan for the participants own or another suitable AtoN competent authority.

The minimum pass mark for each assessed element of the course is 50%.

Fees and registration

Residential courses last for a period of one week and distance learning courses should be complete within a period of less than four months if sufficient time is made available for study each week.

Course fees for distance learning start from €1,000 and fees for the residential course may vary dependent on the venue. Sponsorship may be available for coastal States in need of assistance to develop their AtoN capacity.

Course dates and further information

The programme of courses can be found here.

For further information or to register interest in any of these courses please e-mail academy@iala-aism.org

Level 1.3 use of the IALA Risk Management tools

This training is intended for those with responsibility for ensuring the provision of appropriate and evidence backed safety of navigation risk management as required by SOLAS Chapter V Regulation 12 and 13. Training is available through the IALA World-Wide Academy at venues world-wide and by means of distance learning.

Course structure

The course aims to enable participants to experience the capability of the IALA Risk Management Toolbox. Specifically, it will:

  • describe the role of IALA; the importance of stakeholder liaison and the obligations placed on States under SOLAS Chapter V;
  • introduce the IALA Risk Management Toolbox;
  • explain the development, principles and use of IWRAP Mk2 before guiding participants through increasingly complex practical applications;
  • describe the development and use of PAWSA and its five Workbooks before demonstrating its use in a regional scenario;
  • explain the background to SIRA and demonstrate its application in a range of scenarios;
  • describe the use of simulators for ship applications and waterway design including modelling the most effective AtoN within that waterway;
  • describe the interaction between IALA Risk Management Tools in a regional scenario and the human resource and cost implications generated by selected risk mitigation measures; and
  • use a panel of experts to consolidate an understanding of Risk Management.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for the course however participants should undertake pre-course study of the IALA standards related to risk management.

A suitable unlocked Microsoft Windows equipped computer is required to operate the IWRAP Mk2 software. The software does not yet operate on Apple systems.

Assessment

Participants will need to fully complete a range of practical in-course activities along with short online examinations. The course will involve extensive practical use of the IALA Risk Management Tools through a range of exercises supported by international experts in their use.

Fees and registration

Course fees start from €1,500 and fees for the residential course may vary dependent on the venue. Sponsorship may be available for coastal States in need of assistance to develop their AtoN capacity. The course fee also includes a three month licence for the use of the IWRAP Mk2 software.

Residential courses last for a period of one week and distance learning courses should be complete within a period of less than four months if sufficient time is made available for study each week.

Course dates and further information

The programme of courses can be found here.

For further information or to register interest in any of these courses please e-mail academy@iala-aism.org