Marine Radio Operators


Commercial mariners and recreational sailors all need to be trained in the operation of marine radios If the vessel they are sailing on is equipped with DIGITAL SELECT CALL radios:

• Very high frequency (short range) radios

• Medium frequency/high frequency (long range) radios

• Satellite communications equipment (SATCOM C)

This equipment is necessary for the receipt of weather warnings, transmission of position reports, priority traffic, distress messages and just keeping in touch with family and friends.

Used correctly, marine radios provide an essential link to global safety services and other seafarers.

There are common international operating procedures and standards laid down by the international telecommunications union and national communications authorities that apply to this equipment.

These courses will provide you with the skills to sit for the examination of your choice which, on successful completion, will result in the issue of a licence by the Office of Maritime Communications, valid internationally. This will allow you to operate marine radio equipment world wide.


As a crew member on a racing, cruising or commercial sailing vessel or power boat, the holding of any of these qualifications will enhance your value as a crew member and extend your maritime skills.

These skills may save your vessel, your life or the life of your family and crew.

ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing require up to two crew members on board racing yachts to hold the Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency.

Candidates for commercial qualifications such as Master Class 5 and NSCV coxswains as well as RYA and Yachting Australia Yachtmasters are required to hold this qualification.

Meets ISAF SR 3.25 for racing yachts.


  • How to send distress and safety traffic
  • How to access the internet via HF radio
  • Satellite communications from your boat
  • Accessing weather information via fax
  • Battery maintenance and vessel electrics
  • Digital select calling for VHF and HF radios
  • How emergency position indicating beacons work
  • Global search and rescue systems – GMDSS
  • INMARSAT systems and equipment

The syllabus is set out on the web site of the office of maritime communications -

Training conforms to Australian National Training Authority - Current Maritime Training Package


The MROCP MF/HF and VHF course runs fo one full day of eight hours.

There is no prerequisite training but prior study is recommended.

The SATCOM C course runs for one full day of eight hours.

The SATCOM C course has the prerequisite that attendees hold a MROCP certificate. Course are scheduled on demand

You gain hands on experience with digital select call VHF radio simulators and visit a working limited coast station. Training with EPIRBS, PLB’s, SARTS, and VHF radios as well as HF internet access and weather fax is standard.

You will be issued with a course handbook and this is supported by a powerful audio visual presentation during training.

Generally, class size will not exceed 10 which ensures personal support for all students.


Training is delivered by qualified ships masters holding the general operators certificate for GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System) issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Instructors also hold certificates in workplace training and assessment meeting Australian National Training Authority ANTA requirements.

All exams are supervised by authorised Australian Maritime College Office of Maritime Communications invigilators.


• You only need to bring notepaper and a pen. • You will need one colour passport sized photo, which will be included on your photo ID licence.


Your exam is marked independently by OMC examiners and your Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency is issued directly by the Office of Maritime Communications.


At OMTC we pride ourselves on giving our students the support and assistance they require to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to pass the final exam. We care about going that little bit further!

For more information download the Participant Information sheet.