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Online VHF 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 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.
Online learning
This is an online course. After you have enrolled, we will send your login details. The marine VHF radio course takes around 4 hours to complete. This radio course is structured so you can review the material as fast or as slow as you feel comfortable.
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
"The online training, the provision of course materials and the regular communication from ABB was very professional"

Bruce & Anne Grey

Get your 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. 

Completing a radio exam

To attain your radio licence (certificate of proficiency), you must complete an exam. There are two components to a radio exam:

  1. Theory assessment - 25 multiple choice questions. This is a closed book assessment and the required pass mark is 70% (18 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. 

Due to COVID-19, assessments are now remote and conducted via Zoom. You can apply to complete a remote assessment when you have enrolled in the online course. A remote assessment is $100. 

Learning Online

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

Course & Licence Fees
Online VHF Radio Course - $135
Payable to enrol in the course. Course access is available for 12-months following enrolment. If life gets too busy, you can pause your course, and then continue when you have time!
Remote Licence Assessment - $100
Payable when scheduling an exam. This virtual assessment is scheduled inside the course. There is usually availability the following week for an assessment.
Office of Maritime Communications Exam & Licence Fee - $89
Paid directly to the Office of Maritime Communications before sitting an exam attempt. 
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