SkippasMate Marine Training & Services introduced the Online Marine Radio Course in response to many requests from 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 where we are very proud to have assisted over 5000 candidates to quickly and easily obtain their Marine Radio Licence. 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, enrolled in the Marine Radio Licence course.
Some people spend just a few hours studying while others may take a couple of days but if you need to obtain your licence quickly you will find this is the best method. We are also constantly improving how we can assist you better and we have recently introduced (free of charge) our mobile Apps as well as access to the web based activities.
In addition, to meet the current requirement to demonstrate competency in the operation of a marine radio, we have also developed an interactive App to assist candidates in acheiving this. There is a small additional cost for access to this App however it means that the preferred LROCP is now able to be acheived with minimal extra effort and cost.
To put it simply if you just follow what we have put in place to obtain your Marine Radio Licence we guarantee you will obtain the licence on the 1st attempt.
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 Netherlands and Dubai use the process) with the added advantage of phone or email access to our Invigilator.
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 vessel or where the vessel is operated.
If you currently have a Marine VHF and/or MF/HF Radio onboard your vessel and you do not have a Marine Radio Licence you will find that it will be necessary to obtain a licence if you intend to up grade your radio to the popular and much preferred Digital Selective Call (DSC) type of radio. To access the full features of these radio requires the radio to be registered and the issue of a Marine Mobile Service Identity number (MMSI). To obtain an MMSI you need to provide your Marine Radio Licence number.
There are essentially 3 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 required for those who are only carrying and/or operating a Very High Frequency (VHF) (Short Range) radio.
The Australian Waters Qualification (AWQ). This certificate is of a lower grade to those above and therefore we do not recommend it. The cost for all 3 certificates is basically the same however the major limitation is that it is only valid in Australia up to 12 nautical miles to sea. On this basis it is not applicable to any marine qualification such as a Coxswain or Master V certificate. In addition it will not be accepted overseas unlike the SROCP and LROCP which are international certificates.
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.