University of Alaska Southeast

Course Description

On-line Radar Refresher

Code and NumberVTEC - 039
Prerequisites5-day Radar Observer Course

This course is approved by the USCG. It enables students to study the course material at home via personal computer and when ready, come in and take the test.

Once the mariner has completed review of the course material, he/she can make an appointment to come in and take the test in Ketchikan by calling the Ketchikan Maritime Center at 228-4568 or emailing Neil Nickerson in Juneau at The final exam must be taken at UAS Ketchikan or UAS Juneau. It consists of a paper plot and a simulator exercise.

Please take a minute to view our simulator capabilities and specifications


Once registered for the class, students can access the online radar information material. A good book to review is: Real Time Method of Radar Plotting by Max H. Carpenter.

Coast Guard Licensing

Complete information regarding licensing can be found on the Coast Guard National Maritime Center website. You can also contact the USCG National Maritime Center Help Desk at 1-888-427-5662. Personnel there are very helpful and happy to answer your licensing questions. Other useful phone numbers are below: