Marine Radio Licences

There are two Licencing options and three ways to learn:


  1. LROCP – Long Range Operators Certificate of Proficiency
    This licence enables you to operate both VHF and MF/HF radios (short range, medium range, and long range).
    Includes: step-by-step tutorials followed by Q&A practice. Access to competency simulator, audio recordings (radio use) exam papers, final assessment, support, videos.
  1. SROCP – Short Range Operators Certificate of Proficiency
    This licence enables you to operate the VHF (short range) only.Includes: step-by-step tutorials followed by Q&A practice. Access to competency simulator, audio recordings (radio use) exam papers, final assessment, support, videos.

Note: We recommend taking the LROCP course (long range). If you obtain your short range licence and later need the long range (crewing/travelling further afield), you must resit the entire marine radio exam with the additional long range section as well (OMC regulations).

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Option 1: Self-paced study (online): $49.99

How it works:
1) You study in your own time – full access for 6 months for $49.99 (get ready for your assessment or just use it as a refresher!)
2) ONLINE ASSESSMENTS ARE possible with permission from the OMC – call us first to discuss. Cost ($59.99 for a revision session with theory/practical assessment all online)
3) Pay Office of Maritime Communications fee $89
Total: (training online/revision/written & simulator assessments/ videos/OMC fee): $199

Course/Assessment: Full access to our online course and practice quiz questions. Our instructional videos walk you through a section and then you complete a short quiz. Simply work through the course when it suits you. When you are achieving more than 85% consistently on our Q&A questions, then contact us for assessment dates.
Click here for assessment details

Option 2: Online-Live (on Zoom) training: $149.99
(Training with an instructor, plus access to online course, revision session, assessment, and includes OMC fee ($89): Total: $299)

Course/Assessment: Over Two Evenings!
Once a month contact us for details
How it works:
1) We all get together on Zoom: $149.99
2) PLEASE NOT ONLINE ASSESSMENTS ARE ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Then we continue on with the revision and written/practical assessment, all online: $59.99 
3) Pay Office of Communications Assessment fee: $89

We will take you through the course, step-by-step, you can ask questions as we go – just like a classroom but seated at home. Minimum numbers required.
Total: (training with an instructor/revision/written & simulator assessments/access to online instructional videos/OMC fee): $299

Option 3: Attend a course (face to face learning)

Course/Assessment: Register your interest to attend our next scheduled Radio Course at Bega Valley (TBA)
$339 (+Office of Maritime Communications Assessment fees: $89)
This gives you a great excuse to visit the beautiful NSW south coasts, Bega Valley. Full Covid safety plan in place. Minimum numbers required. Full course and assessment in approx 5 hours. Minimum numbers required.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have tiered options to suit everyone… 

Course costs include $89 Fee for the Office of Maritime Communications (OMC), exam.

Self-paced learning: $328

*Zoom live-online learning: $378

*Face to face learning: $428

*Minimum numbers apply, however we keep our zoom sessions reasonably small, and provide Covid safe locations. 

This is a one-off cost, the licence lasts a lifetime and you do not need to renew it. 

You must obtain the Long Range licence if you travel offshore, crew in yacht races, or wish to gain commercial qualifications. 

If you operate a recreational vessel near the coast, the SROCP (short range) is sufficient. 

PLEASE NOTE: if you gain your SROCP (short range) only and later you require the Long Range licence (you may crew, race, or decide to venture further afield!), then you would need to resit the entire course for LROCP, currently there is not just an upgrade available, i.e. you will be up for the same costs/time/material, just with the Long Range section added in. 

There is no expiry date or renewal fees for either Marine Radio Licence 


The Office of Maritime Communications prefer all Marine Radio invigilators hold face to face assessments.

However, if you are unable to attend our face to face courses/assessments, you can apply to sit the assessments online with us (or source a local radio invigilator).

Assessments: Two Options

1) Face-to-face, location far south NSW coast (preferable)
2) Via Zoom

Two Assessments:

1) Written – multi-choice questions

2) Practical Assessment – Via a Radio Simulator, basic operation and call procedures

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SROCP (short range/VHF), written assessment consists of 25 multiple choice questions

LROCP (long range/MF/HF) written assessment consists of 50 multiple choice questions

Online or face to face… full details here

It will take approximately four hours to complete our course.

Once you are CONSISTENTLY achieving over 85% on the practice Q&As, then you know you are ready.

We will provide instructions and access to the Radio Simulator for the practical assessment (depending on the assessment option chosen).

SROCP (short range/VHF), written assessment consists of 25 multiple choice questions

LROCP (long range/MF/HF) written assessment consists of 50 multiple choice questions

You must achieve over 70% to pass, for both licences.
The assessments are returned to the OMC for marking, and we wait for results. (At times this can take two weeks due to the current circumstances and more online assessments being carried out. We (and the OMC) ask for your patience).

Self-paced – access to marine radio training material and resources for one year.

This is a new online format. Not just pages of text followed by hundreds of questions. But short, individual topic presentations followed by practice questions on that topic. This is a proven way to learn and retain the information. 

Access to support via email and phone 

Access to the Radio Simulator for easy practical assessment 

Online or face-2-face assessments via Zoom 

Whether you are on a recreational boat or a commercial boat, a Marine Radio Licence is required if you are operating Marine VHF and/or MF/HF Radios.

The requirement to hold a Marine Radio Licence is to ensure marine radio operators use the correct marine radio operational procedures.


Do you know how to issue a Mayday, and your position correctly? Do you know how to use Digital Selective Calling (DSC)? This is extremely important and it can be life-saving.

If you have a DSC radio, with your licence you can register for a Marine Mobile Service Identify (MMSI) number.

If you carry a marine radio (VHF/MF/HF) on board your vessel, you must obtain a licence

THE GOOD NEWS IS – we will help you achieve this.


You will be given everything you need to know, step-by-step 

Complete the course and Q&As practice. Consistently achieve over 85%.
Check the assessment dates and book assessment with us or if you are unable to attend you may have an invigilator near you (check OMC’s website), or request an online assessment.
Assessments with us: Two Options 

  1. Written multiple choice and practical in a class room. Full Covid Safety plan in place.

  2. Online Assessment
    We will provide you with access to a radio simulator and audio recordings for an easy practical assessment (with full instructions and practice time first).

    We will provide access to the written assessment online, which takes around half an hour to complete, we allow an hour.

Online, self-paced
Learn at your own pace in the comfort and privacy of your home.
We have delivered many other courses on line (self-paced and on zoom) and were one of the first to provide online-live navigation work/training when many said it couldn’t be done!). Our customers tell us it was just like being in a classroom. 


There are a number of topics, but they are all straightforward. The manual and information on the internet may be a little overwhelming, therefore we have created a topic-by-topic course. Practice questions follow each topic.

The final pass rate of the written assessment is 70% if you go through our course step by step and practice with the Q&A, achieving over 85% consistently, you should pass first go.

  • Give yourself the best chance of rescue should something go wrong
  • Be able to assist properly and effectively (via Marine Radio), if there is a distress situation near you
  • VHF and MF/HF and VHF marine radio knowledge – uses and communications
  • How to communicate at sea
  • How to communicate during an emergency
  • The differences between Ship Stations, Coast Radio Stations, and Limited Coast Stations
  • Using DSC
  • How to use ‘Phonetic Alphabet’ (we recommend you learn this first)
  • Operate your equipment using correct channels
  • Operate your equipment using the correct procedures
  • Fully understand the process and usage of Distress, Urgency, and Safety Communications
  • Feel at ease with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Communications
  • Understand the operational use of 406 MHz EPIRBS
  • Understand the operational use of SART’s
  • Search and Rescue (SAR) in Australia – how it operates, how you can help them to help you
  • Learn about your radio’s limitations
  • Fault finding, power supplies
  • Identify the components of a marine radio
  • Care and maintenance


Marine Radio Handbooks

Marine Radio Operators Handbook (VHF/MF/HF)

VHF Marine Radio Operators Handbook

Order a copy

The hard copy of the Marine Radio Handbook should be carried on board for future refence.
Purchase manuals here.

Yes, with sufficient numbers (small classes are okay, so we usually go ahead).

Location Bega Valley NSW (actual location in the valley TBC)

It’s a perfect excuse to have a holiday somewhere beautiful. Come and do your Boat Licence or PWC Licence at the same time.

Why Choose Us

Our philosophy is: “There is no such thing as a silly question”, and “Be an encourager there are far too many critics in the world already”.

With over 60 years combined, international experience, we will share all our experience with you, gained from traversing over 80,000 nautical miles.

  • Trained local NSW Marine Police
  • Taught commercial maritime tickets at TAFE
  • Ex-Marine Rescue Skippers
  • Circumnavigated the world one-and-a-half times (we’ve circumnavigated Tahiti too!)
  • Award winning Skippers (joint top student Master 5, top student MED3)
  • Award winning authors
  • Written pilot books
  • Written best-selling memoirs (on our travels)
  • Written manuals on: Navigation, Weather, and created a useful Log Book (Shop Nautical)
  • Host popular Podcast Show
  • Professional maritime trainers for 10 years
  • Taught/sailed/worked on a variety of boats all over the world
  • Utilised a wide variety of marine equipment (VHF/HF/MF, Navigation systems, radar)
  • AIS, GPS, plotters, Weather, etc), all over the world. “Why we love HF radio”
  • Partnered with a Registered Training Organisation and we conform to National Training Standards
  • Everyone is treated equally and fairly
  • Documented safety system – we look after your personal details
  • We have a great boat! It is safe and comfortable
  • Competitive pricing
Training Session

We love all things boating, and we are super proud to watch many of our students turn into great skippers!

One of our team has even set a blue-water sailing record!

Don’t take our word for it, here’s what they say: Testimonials