Marine Radio

International Marine Radio Operators License. Short or Long Range Marine Radio Certificates.

A marine radio is one of the most important safety items onboard a vessel, and the correct use of your radio will allow you to access weather updates, important safety information and call for assistance in an emergency. All marine radio users (except 27 mhz users) must have a Proficiency Certificate (licence) by law under the Commonwealth Radio communications Act 1992 – don’t risk a huge fine or imprisonment!

International marine radio qualifications. All of the marine radio qualifications taught at the Royal Melbourne Sail Training Academy are recognised internationally so you will be able to use your qualifications around the world in yacht charters or international cruising. You can choose to study for your full HF, MF and VHF marine radio license for offshore and coastal use (Long Range qualification, previously the MROCP certificate), or just a VHF license if you only want to use a radio in enclosed waters (Short Range qualification, previously the MROVCP certificate). You will undertake several hands-on exercises using training radio equipment, including use of the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) distress signal. You have the opportunity to use our linked ICOM VHF DSC radio network or our newly installed ICOM 801E HF marine radio to enhance your practical radio knowledge and prepare for the NEW practical user test (see below)!

The course fee includes lectures delivered by experienced marine instructors, hands on use of our marine radios set up for training, a Marine Radio textbook (for Long Range or Short Range qualification), your exam/license fee and now practical testing. The exam ($89) and text book ($25 or $45 according to your stream) are included in your course fees. All exams & licencing are administered on behalf of the Commonwealth by the University of Tasmania.

New testing regulations as of 1st August 2017. All marine radio students must be practically assessed using marine radios in addition to successfully passing a multiple choice test (as before). Our training course includes the use of actual marine radios as part of our normal teaching methods. So when it comes to practical testing you’ll be able to demonstrate how to use the radio – just like in a real onboard emergency!

Please compare marine radio course offering carefully.

Our marine radio course fees include all exam and supervision fees as well as a copy of the official Marine radio textbook. We offer a face – to – face training course and hands – on practical marine radio training with experienced marine radio instructors present! Plus with the practical testing requirements from 2017 you’ll have gained practice using actual marine radios before any testing occurs. The Australian Waters Qualification (AWQ). Be aware this qualification is VHF only and for use in Australian waters only. The AWQ is not recognised overseas, potentially leaving you without an internationally recognised marine radio qualification for an overseas boating charter or cruising holiday.

ONLINE COURSES: Be aware that we charge an invigilation fee (examination fees paid by external students) to accommodate the compulsory exam supervision and practical testing. The risk of failure is high by online or self study students who may have undertaken an online course and never seen or used a marine radio. When you add the online course fee, plus an exam fee of $89, plus an invigilation fee and no handbook (you are required by law to have an official copy on your vessel), no practical training, why would you risk an online course? As the marine radio license is without renewal (potentially lifelong), why would you also consider a lower qualification or an online course that does not offer practical training!

Course Details
one full day
Cost: $275 (VHF only) or $315 (HF, MF and VHF) – includes official marine radio textbook (according to your stream) and exam fee of $89. Includes practical testing at no extra cost.

We can also organise mid-week one day training courses for groups or undertake external group training. Just ask!

To enroll in a course or to find out upcoming course dates, please complete the below form

VHF/HF Radio Cousre