Recommended texts: Please see Radar Afloat, which is an excellent textbook on the use of radar at sea for workboats and all other vessels. They will help with the Restricted Radar Exams.
This document contains the Maritime Rule Part 32 syllabus for the RESTRICTED RADAR CERTIFICATE. Approved under section 48 of the Maritime Transport Act 1994
Assessment and Examination Arrangements
The course shall be conducted to this Maritime Safety Authority syllabus on a site and with facilities and radar equipment approved by the Principal Nautical Examiner.
The length of the course shall be at least 4 full working days. Three of the days shall be spent on a site close to a shipping channel on the coast or on a radar simulator in order that observations of different types of targets and proper adjustment of controls may be demonstrated. The other day shall be spent aboard a vessel fitted with a radar approved by the Principal Nautical Examiner.
The vessel shall not be confined to a dock or narrow river but is to be making way with an unobstructed view of a main shipping channel so that students may be taught the techniques of observing moving targets and land echoes in the vicinity.
The course shall be open to inspection by the Principal Nautical Examiner to ensure that uniform standards are maintained.
Every candidate, shall complete the written question paper in 40 minutes, and shall, in the oral examination, satisfy the examiner that they can:
The examination shall be conducted on behalf of the Maritime Safety Authority by an approved examiner.
The examiner shall normally hold a Certificate of Competency as Master Foreign-Going but other qualifications may be approved by the Principal Nautical Examiner, they shall also be the holder of an Electronic Navigation Systems certificate but other equivalent certificates may be approved by the Principal Nautical Examiner. The examiner shall not have been directly concerned with teaching radar to the candidates they are examining.
Question papers will be compiled and set by the examiner. They are confidential and their contents are not to be divulged for any purpose other than the conduct of the examination. The Principal Nautical Examiner may audit the papers and oral exam from time to time to ensure the standard is maintained.
A Restricted Radar Certificate will be issued by the examiner to every person who passes the examination.
An examination candidate may choose to be examined on the main syllabus only and not on items marked as "background". In this case, any Restricted Radar Certificate issued must be endorsed "for ILM use only".
This option allows individual candidates to choose either
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