Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency (MROVCP)

What to Bring

  • Notepad
  • Writing materials

What to Wear

  • Smart casual

Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency (MROVCP)

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Exam date All Streams: Tuesday 24 Nov, 2015. 1800 to 1900 hours
  • Tuesday, 28 July to 04 August 2015, 1900 to 2200 hours
  • Tuesday, 10 November to 17 November 2015, 1900 to 2200 hours

What You Will Learn

  • Hands-on use of radio equipment
  • Correct radio procedures
  • Making distress calls

What You Get

  • The official MROVCP textbook
  • Cost of the external exam and licence fees
  • 1 OMC Marine Radio Operators Handbook


This Marine Radio Operators Certificate (MROVCP - VHF band) course held at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, St.Kilda will be conducted over two evenings.

A marine radio is one of the most important safety items onboard a vessel and the correct use of your radio will allow you to access weather updates, important safety information and call for assistance in an emergency.

Be aware that all marine radio users (except 27 mhz users) must have a Proficiency Certificate (licence) by law under the Commonwealth Radiocommunications Act 1992 and severe penalties apply for non-licenced users.

Subjects include:

  • Hands-on use of radio equipment
  • Correct radio procedures
  • Making distress calls
  • Undertanding DSC (Digital Selective Calling)
  • Fault checking radio equipment
  • Understanding the power supply (marine batteries) operating distress beacons (such as EPIRBS)
  • Search and rescue in Australia

Students undertake several hands on exercises using training radio equipment, including use of the DSC distress signal. We are yet to find an online marine radio course that can offer this!

Your options include the full MROCP certificate including HF/MF/VHF bands conducted over 4 nights or MROVCP (VHF only) course conducted over 2 nights.

The MROCP certificate including HF/MF/VHF allows you to competently (and legally) use HF equipment used on offshore vessels and is required to apply for your HF ship station radio licence & MMSI.

The basic VHF course covers all the information local boating enthusiasts need to know to correctly and legally use their VHF marine radio equipment (including DSC) and apply for a MMSI.

All exams are administered on behalf of the Commonwealth by the University of Tasmania who also issue the licence. Successful completion of this course (via the exam) will provide you with the Proficiency Certificate (licence) with no ongoing Government licence fees.

We can also organise mid-week one day training courses for groups or undertake external group training. Just ask!

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