Digital Selective Calling (DSC) will not work without a MMSI Number. To obtain an MMSI number, you need either an SROCP or LROCP.
Some older or overseas qualifications may be accepted by AMSA as long as they include DSC in the training and certification process. This should be confirmed with AMSA on an individual basis.
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:
Before sitting your exam, you will be required to pay a licence fee 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. The assessment is scheduled using an online calendar. Currently the Office of Maritime Communications are taking 15 working days to issue a licence after your assessment has been completed.
Having an MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity) programmed into your AIS (Automatic Identification System) or marine radio is essential for:
Our guest expert for this episode of Boating Insights is Linda Berryman, whose role at AMSA involves providing specialist advice on distress alerting, communication and safety systems.
You can apply for an Australian MMSI number by completing an MMSI application online at www.amsa.gov.au/mmsi
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