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Online HF, MF, 27 MHz & VHF Radio Course (LROCP)
Learn about effective marine radio communication at sea and obtain your HF & VHF radio operators certificate.
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 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

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

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 know 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 radio licence!
Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP)

On completion of the online radio 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. 

Completing a radio exam

To attain your radio licence (certificate of proficiency), you must complete an exam. We have been approved by the Office of Maritime Communications to offer you a  remote assessment. The remote assessment is conducted via a video call and has two components to the radio exam:

  1. Theory assessment - 50 multiple choice questions. This is a closed book assessment and the required pass mark is 70% (35 questions correct). 
  2. Practical assessment - a short observation where you will be asked to demonstrate your ability to use a radio, and how to make routine and distress calls. 

Before sitting your exam, you will be required to pay a licence fee ($89) directly to the Office of Maritime Communications who mark the exam papers and distribute licences. This licence fee is not included in the online course enrolment. Your certificate of proficiency does not expire. 

You can apply to complete a remote assessment when you have enrolled in the online course. A remote assessment is $100. The assessment is scheduled using an online calendar. The $100 remote assessment fee is paid when you schedule your assessment.  Currently the Office of Maritime Communications are taking 15 working days to issue a licence after your assessment has been completed.

Course & 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!
Remote Licence 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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