[QUOTE=Shadow;61522]Google “radar plotting” about three items down is a pdf called radar ref. It has all you need to know. If you can’t find it let me know and I ll try to post the link. (I can’t cut and paste on my smart phone.)
All the one day classes are 8 hrs. Some schools will cheat and allow you to leave after taking your exam but can get in trouble if the uscg catches them. The more honest schools will make you stay all day. Last time I renewed I passed my test in the morning and they made me stay the rest of the day. They let me play on their simulator which was a lot of fun.[/QUOTE]
You’re generally correct about aschools not being permitted to curtail their courses, and must stick closely to their approved course schedule. But, for this course it may not be “cheating” to not keep students all day, they may be allowed to let students go after less than 8 hours.
Notice that all approved courses have the time of the course in their name. Only two use “day” the rest all use hours (e.g. “28-hour ARPA”). The two exceptions are flashing light, and radar observer recertification. The distinction is intentional, these courses just assess the “student” and there is no requirement they give refresher training. If students are ready, they can get right to the test or exercise. The “one-day” courses are of variable length and students could leave in less than a full 8 hours if they have successfully passed the exams or exercises. Note that a school can only do this if their approverd curriculum and schedule said they would do it. If they submitted and got approval for a curriculum/schedule that says the students will be there for a full 8 hours, then they have to follow that and keep them there all day.