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.
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 ($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.