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Online VHF Marine Radio Course (SROCP)

Learn about effective marine radio communication at sea and obtain your radio operators certificate.

About the Online VHF Radio Course

Get your SROCP Marine Radio Operator Certificate
Our Online Radio Course allows you to learn everything you need to know about using Marine 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 VHF Marine 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 SROCP exam and obtain your radio licence.

Get an MMSI number!

Mobile Marine Service Identities (MMSI)

Digital Selective Calling (DSC) requires an MMSI Number to function. The MMSI number application requirements in Australia are either a Short-Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP) or a Long-Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP).

After obtaining your marine radio licence, applying for a new MMSI number or transferring an existing one is straightforward and free of charge. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issues MMSI numbers, typically overnight, upon receiving your completed application and proof of your marine radio licence.

Our VHF licence course exceeds the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) standards. Upon completing our online radio course and passing the assessment, the Office of Maritime Communications (OMC) within the Australian Maritime College (AMC) issues your licence. The Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) designated the AMC to issue internationally recognised SROCP and LROCP in Australia.

Online learning – VHF Radio Course

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 VHF radio course takes around 4 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 radio uses and communications
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'm glad I went with AABB. I dedicated all content to memory (that's just me, I'm a safety freak). I was nervous to sit the exam, but for absolutely no reason, Neil was fantastic. Definitely Above and Beyond."

     Neen Bennett

  • "Just completed my VHF course with Neil. From the beginning to the exam well organized, structured and competent. Very responsive and always friendly throughout. Highly recommend"

     Joern Kurzrock

  • "If you are wondering if you should enrol in any of Neil’s courses, stop reading reviews and enrol Now. I have recently completed Neil’s SROCP course online. As a Commercial Pilot and a recreational boat licence holder for 35 years, I thought this online course might be just be a box ticking exercise to obtain a MMSI so I can install a AIS transceiver to our boat. I was very impressed with the content of the course and I learnt sooo much more than I thought I would. This course should be mandatory for all new boat licence applicants."

     Dave Busby

  • "Just completed my VHF radio course with Above and Beyond Boating. I found the course very user friendly and Neil to be an excellent instructor. Highly recommend Above and Beyond Boating. Great company to deal with."

     John Manwaring

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 VHF radio licence!

Short Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP)

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 VHF 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 Short-Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP) for VHF marine radio is ideal for obtaining Royal Yachting Association (RYA) or International Yacht Training (IYT) qualifications that mandate a marine VHF radio licence.

Completing your SROCP radio licence

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

One of the most significant advantages of obtaining your SROCP 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 30 minutes to answer 25 questions in a closed-book assessment. You need at least 18 correct answers to pass. The course works, with most candidates achieving a score of at least 96%.
Practical assessment
This crucial segment allows you to work through VHF marine radio operations. Engaging directly with your invigilator, you'll delve into practical simulations and discussions encompassing digital selective calling (DSC), broadcasting distress messages, and conducting radio checks.

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.

VHF Course & SROCP Licence Fees

Online VHF Radio Course - $135

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 Short Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP) 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 SROCP is internationally recognised for operating 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.

Please note that the OMC typically takes up to 15 working days from the assessment date to process and mail your SROCP. Upon request to the OMC, a scan of the SROCP 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 just completed one of the online radio courses, wonderful!! The platform, learning materials and assessment process were excellent. Neil was an excellent teacher, very approachable and displayed exemplary knowledge of his field. I thoroughly recommend using Above and Beyond Boating for yourselves, as I will continue my learning journey with them too.
Andrew Fulton
I had an exceptional experience with AA Boating. Despite my usual apprehension towards courses and testing, the VHF course I undertook was remarkably straightforward and stress-free. The setup was impeccable, with all necessary information provided promptly. Neil's expertise and approachability made the learning process seamless. Should I seek to further my skills in boating, I will undoubtedly choose this company again. Highly recommended!
Jazmine Hawdon

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