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 e-mailing  Claire Fine at or 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.

Click HERE  to view our simulator capabilities and specifications.


Once registered for the class, students can access the online material.  Click HERE for instructions on how to do that.  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 at  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.

 UAS Ketchikan Marine Transportation Office: 907.228.4568

Ketchikan USCG Marine Safety Office: 907.225.4496

Juneau USCG Regional Exam Center: 907.463.2458

Nationwide Exam Centers Contact Information: Click Here


LocationStudy at home and take the test at UAS KTN or UAS JNU
InstructorClaire Fine
DatesThis class is ongoing - students may sign up at any time.
Days and TimesE-mail instructor at to arrange a testing time in Ketchikan and in Juneau