LROCP Course Online – Get your HF Marine Radio Licence

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About the Online HF, MF, 27 MHz and VHF Radio Course

Get your LROCP Marine Radio Operator Certificate

Our Online Radio Course allows you to learn everything you need to know about using Marine HF, 27 MHz, MF and VHF Radios at your own pace and wherever you like! If you've always wanted to apply for an MMSI number for your vessel, this course will help you to take the first step. At the end of this online HF radio licence course, you will know how to call for help in an emergency, communicate with other vessels at sea and understand how to use various safety equipment you may have onboard. This online course also prepares you to sit for your LROCP exam and obtain your radio licence.


Online learning – LROCP Course

This is an online course. After you have enrolled, we will send your login details. This LROCP radio course is structured to review the material as fast or as slow as you feel comfortable. The marine HF radio training course takes around 6 hours to complete.

Above & Beyond Boating is accredited by the Office of Maritime Communications as part of the Australian Maritime College to train and assess the VHF (SROCP) and  HF (LROCP). We have a 100% pass rate for both courses.
Neil's vast experience as an Ocean Yachtmaster Instructor, Sea Safety & Survival Instructor and having taught 1000's of people for their radio licences has been drawn on throughout the course.

Qualifications needed for radio operator in Australian offshore yacht races
International Qualification
All marine radio users must be appropriately qualified. The operator must hold an internationally recognised qualification for the equipment mandated in the given race category. For short races in sheltered water (Category 7) through to offshore races across relatively protected open water (Category 3), a VHF radio is required, which requires the SROCP. For Category 1 and 2 offshore races that require an HF radio to be onboard, the operators need to hold the LROCP.
Team Requirements
In Category 1 and 2 races, which include prestigious events like the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Race, the Geraldton Ocean Classic, and the Brisbane to Gladstone Race, at least two crew members must hold the necessary radio qualifications. This requirement also applies to yachts with only two crew members on board. It ensures redundancy and enhances safety, particularly in critical racing conditions or emergencies.

Recommended Certification
Obtaining the LROCP is highly recommended for participating in Australian Offshore Yacht Racing. The LROCP certifies the holder to operate both VHF and HF radio equipment, covering all communication needs for yacht racing.

Pathway to Qualification
This HF radio course is our recommended pathway to becoming a qualified marine radio operator for yacht racing.

What you will learn...

Marine HF, MF, 27 MHz  and VHF radio uses and communications
HF and VHF equipment and how to communicate at sea
VHF repeater channels and shore stations
Distress, urgency & safety calling
Using a DSC enabled radio and AIS
Emergency beacons and transponders
Power supplies for radio equipment

View our video to see what this course offers...

  • ''I recently did a HF radio course through Above and Beyond. The quality of the material was excellent and doing the course remotely really suited me. I plan to do other courses through them and would highly recommend them.''

     Jack Barnes

  • "I completed a radio course with AAB. Really appreciate the self-paced on-line format and well-presented materials - I felt well prepared for the exam (and then nailed it - haha). And Neil is responsive, professional and very knowledgeable. A+."

     Doug Morrison

  • "Just completed the HF Course. Money well spent, a great course that was easy to follow and broken down into bite size pieces. Considering going back for more."

     James Coomer

Learning Online

Our courses have been specifically designed for an online learning experience. Enrolment in an online course presents a flexible opportunity to work at your own pace. Our team can provide feedback, instruction and personal support to help you get the answers you need. 

Get your HF radio licence!

Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP)

On completion of the online HF radio training course, you will have the opportunity to complete an exam and get your radio operator certificate of proficiency. 

A radio Licence will allow you to apply for an MMSI number for your vessel, which is required to transmit AIS information and enable the digital selective calling function on a radio. 

The LROCP becomes mandatory as you progress in commercial certifications. Thus, it's more practical to obtain it from the beginning when pursuing maritime commercial qualifications.

Completing your LROCP radio licence

Completing an exam is necessary to obtain your LROCP radio licence (certificate of proficiency).

One of the most significant advantages of obtaining your LROCP certificate is that it does not expire. This lifetime certification means that once you've passed, you're permanently qualified.

We are authorised by the Office of Maritime Communications to conduct this assessment virtually via video call, ensuring a personalised, one-on-one experience. The exam consists of two main components:

Online multiple-choice questions
You have 60 minutes to answer 50 questions. This is a closed-book assessment, and you must have at least 35 correct answers to pass. Our course is designed for success, with most candidates achieving a score of at least 96%.
Practical skills 
In this section, you'll demonstrate your knowledge of marine radio operations. You will discuss and simulate practical radio use with your invigilator, including broadcasting a distress message and conducting a radio check. Importantly, our HF radio course thoroughly prepares you for everything assessed in your LROCP examination and delves deeper into additional, valuable knowledge areas.

Following the exam, there will be an opportunity to discuss MMSI number applications, EPIRB registrations, and the broader marine communications set-up for your boating. We guide you through the assessment process in an informative and enjoyable manner.

HF Course & LROCP Licence Fees

Online HF Radio Course - $149

Payable to enrol in the course. Course access is open for the lifetime of the product. Your course support is available for 12-months following enrolment. If life gets too busy, you can pause your course support for up to 6-months, and then continue when you have time!
Virtual Assessment - $100

Payable when scheduling an exam. This remote 'virtual' assessment is scheduled using an online calendar inside the course. If you have access to your own radio, you are welcome to sit the assessment from your boat or use your equipment. You do not need to bring a radio to the assessment.

The primary purpose of the assessment is to ensure you have understood everything you learnt and understand how it will be applicable for the context of the boating you are doing and plan to do. The assessment is conducted on a 1:1 basis to keep everything relevant and make time available at the end to cover any questions you have that are specific to your boating and equipment, such as the next steps for MMSI applications.
Office of Maritime Communications (OMC) Processing & Licence Fee - $89

This fee must be paid directly to the Office of Maritime Communications (OMC), part of the Australian Maritime College (AMC), between booking and taking an exam. The $89 payment is separate from the course enrollment and assessment fees and is set by the OMC.

The OMC is part of the Australian Maritime College (AMC). Upon successfully passing our remote assessment (we have a 100% pass rate for our course candidates), you will receive a Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP) issued by the OMC.

In the rare event that you need to retake your assessment, a $100 assessment fee is payable to Above and Beyond Boating, and the $89 processing and license fee is payable to the OMC for each assessment attempt.

The LROCP is internationally recognised for operating HF, MF, VHF and 27 MHz equipment in a marine environment, including DSC-enabled VHF radios and AIS transceivers. To obtain an MMSI number from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), you must possess the SROCP or LROCP.

Please note that the OMC typically takes up to 15 working days from the assessment date to process and mail your LROCP. Upon request to the OMC, a scan of the LROCP photo card can be emailed to you. This still takes 15 working days but does save waiting for the hard copy to arrive in the mail. The $89 fee covers both Australian and international postage for your license.

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I did the LROCP course with Neil and found it to be very thorough and comprehensive. In the practical exam we talked through some enlightening examples which were very helpful for my future approach to communication in emergency situations. I have sailed all my life, full time for the past five years in a circumnavigation, am also Yachtmaster (Ocean), and I found this to be a world class education course.
George Stent
One of the best online courses I have ever attended. Neils tuition and guidance is first class, and the structure of the online theory is easy to follow and methodical yet simplistic in detail. I rate this very highly, and finished the course with a deeper understanding of communications at sea.
Jeremy Langford

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