Course Schedules

The Automatic Radar Plotting Aid course provides instruction to the mariner in the operation of electronic radar plotting aids. By using an internal computer, the course speed and other pertinent traffic information is displayed to the user for rapid and accurate decision making. The ARPA technology has been in use for decades, but the capabilities have improved and evolved. The modern ARPA is now integrated with other navigation systems and provides the mariner with a constant source of up-to-date information.


Course Capacity: 6 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

USCG Approval: Any applicant who successfully completed our Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) (MEBAMD-37) course will satisfy the ARPA training requirements of the following:

  • 46 CFR 11.305(a)(3)(vi); 46 CFR 11.307(a)(3)(vi); 46 CFR 11.309(a)(4)(xiv);
  • 46 CFR 11.311(a)(3)(viii); 46 CFR 11.313(a)(3)(viii); 46 CFR 11.315(a)(3)(v);
  • 46 CFR 11.317(a)(3)(vii); 46 CFR 11.319(a)(4)(viii); and 46 CFR 11.321(a)(3)(vii).

The following practical assessments performed during this course have been determined to be equivalent of National Assessment Guidelines Tasks, as documented in NVIC 12-14 Guidelines on Qualifications for STCW Endorsements of Officer in Charge of a Navigational Watch on Vessels of 500 GT or More: Tasks 3.5.A, 3.6.A, 3.6.B, 3.6.C, 3.6.D, 3.6.E, 3.6.F, 3.6.G, 3.6.H, 3.6.I, 3.6.J, 3.6.K, 3.6.L, 3.6.M. Applicants who have successfully completed our course need not present completed Task Control Sheets for these assessments in application for STCW certification.