Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency

Course Code 3120MAR002
Locations Portland

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Study Mode Short Course
Length Seven hours
Commencement Follow the book now button for upcoming dates
Timetable Three hours on campus, plus four hours of online learning
Course Overview

Marine radio is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can carry on board your boat, but you need to know how to use it to call for help in an emergency or other mishap.

Marine Search and Rescue runs a program of courses each year aimed at teaching members of the boating community how to use their marine radios correctly and appropriately.

Before choosing the right course for your needs, you should have an understanding of the regulations applying to marine radios and which require you to have a qualification to operate and a licence to own.

The Short Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP) and Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP) courses are based on Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) requirements.

The SROCP course will give you the ability to use correct marine radio operating procedures when using 27Mhz and VHF, including digital selective calling (DSC), an understanding of the operation and controls of typical marine radio equipment, simple maintenance practices and the regulations applicable to ship radio systems.

The LROCP course will enable you to operate VHF, MF and HF marine radios for enclosed, inshore and international offshore waters. It covers the ability to use correct marine radio operating procedures, in particular those relating to distress, urgency and safety messages for VHF including digital selective calling (DSC) and MF/HF (medium frequency and high frequency), as well as an understanding of the operation and controls of typical marine radio equipment, simple maintenance practices and the regulations applicable to ship radio systems.

What will I Learn?

  • MF/HF and VHF marine radios
  • the difference between ship stations, coast radio stations and limited coast stations
  • understanding and using the ‘phonetic alphabet’
  • correct operating procedures and channels when operating a marine radio
  • distress urgency and safety communications
  • digital selective calling (DSC) communications
  • the use of 406 MHz emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBS)
  • the use of search and rescue transponders (SARTs)
  • search and rescue in Australia
  • the regulations related to ship radio systems
  • the different types of radio equipment, their application and limitations
  • the components and care of a marine radio
  • simple maintenance practices for radio equipment and power sources.

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

On successful completion of this course, you will be issued with an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Certificate of Proficiency as a marine radio operator.

Course Requirements
For this course, you will need to:

  • provide photo ID to the trainer on the first day of the course
  • provide a passport-sized photo
  • bring a pen and paper
  • wear casual clothing.

Units offered

This short course does not include accredited units and training.

Course Fees

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Course Fees $260.00
No concession or government funding applies
How do I pay for the short course?

You can book and pay for your place in a short course online by following the book now button. Alternatively, you can call us on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus for assistance in your booking.

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Next Steps
How to book

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  1. Book – you can book and pay for your place online via the book now button.  A tax invoice/receipt is automatically emailed to you upon payment.
  2. Confirmation – you will receive an email confirming the date, time and location of the course. 
  3. Attend and complete the short course - 100% attendance of the short course is required. Upon successful completion and within 30 days of the short course, you will be sent a Certificate of Attendance.

If need any assistance with completing your booking, contact our Customer Service team via the live chat below, call 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

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