All Hands on Deck Maritime Training introduced the Online Marine Radio Course in 2009 in response to requests from many people all around the country for assistance in obtaining their Marine Radio Licence and who wanted to be able to study online before sitting the final written examination. The online course has proven to be hugely successful and is one of our most popular courses. Since 2009 we have assisted many thousand of people to quickly and easily obtain their Marine Radio licence.
The Online Marine Radio Course allows candidates the opportunity of unlimited study online for the Marine Radio Certificate exam regardless of where you live in Australia (and also overseas as we have had people in the US, UK, South Africa, Singapore, Uruguay, The Netherland and Dubai use the process) with the added advantage of phone or email access to our Invigilator. At any given time we would have in excess of 150 people around the country, from Karratha WA to Sale VIC, from Albany WA to Thursday Island QLD, completing the course.
We have put this question near the top of the page as this is probably one of the most common questions that we get asked. The short answer is where ever you live. We have been conducting marine radio licence courses and exams for many years and are very proud to have helped literally thousands of people in a straight forward and easy process. We have access to a network of Invigilators all around the country. To date we have never had a situation where a final exam could not be arranged for someone. Once the online component is completed we will send you details of someone in your area who can order the exam papers on your behalf (obviously you cannot order them yourself) and conduct the final exam. This final process usually takes about 1 hour.
In short the answer is Yes! A Marine Radio Licence is required if you are operating Marine VHF Radios (known as Short Range - SROCP) and/or MF/HF Radios (known as Long Range - LROCP). The licence has nothing to do with whether the vessel is recreational or commercial, the size of a vessel or where it is operated. If you intend obtaining a commercial qualification such as a Coxswain or Master V you need to have the licence anyway however it is simply about and having the knowledge to operate Marine VHF and/or MF/HF Radios.
There are essentially 2 types of Marine Radio Licences:
- The Long Range Operators Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP) is the preferred licence and is for operating both VHF radios (short range radios) and Medium Frequency/High Frequency (MF/HF) Radios (which are designed for long range transmission) and
- The Short Range Operators Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP) is designed for those who are only carrying and/or operating a Very High Frequency (VHF) (Short Range) radio.
The level of knowledge required to pass the exam (70% pass required) includes the following subject area:
Candidates who pass, will be sent their Marine Radio Certificate of Proficiency which is a photo ID plastic card type certificate. (Note: Our own Invigilator is currently acheiving 100% results for candidates obtaining their Radio Licence on the 1st attempt!!)
In short the answer is Yes. We estimate that to complete the online component will take approximately 4 hours of self study. The online assignments are open book and take between 4 to 10 minutes each to complete.