Marine Radio Qualifications








Important Update

After 20 years of utilising an efficient paper-based exam system, OMC will be transitioning to an online examination system for the delivery of marine radio assessments which will be available from 11th July 2022


There will be quite a few benefits to utilising an online examination system:


  • Results released upon completion of the exam

  • Less paperwork for Invigilators to request and return exams

  • No posting/return of exam papers Australia wide

  • Environmentally friendly; reduction in paper usage and packaging materials

  • Candidates can use laptops or tablets to answer questions

  • Multiple versions of exams so candidates in the same venue will get different questions


The role of the invigilator remains unchanged.  Invigilators remain an important part of the examination process and are required to be present and observe candidates undertaking the assessment and ensure exam integrity.  Practical assessments are still required to be completed and submitted


We understand that not everyone will be ready to move to the new system straight away.  Paper exams will remain available for use through the normal ordering process until 31st December 2022; however, by January 2023 all examinations will be conducted online 

Do I need a Marine Radio Licence?
The Australian Radio Communications Act 1992 specifies that it is a legal requirement that If you use a VHF radio on board your boat then the operator of a marine radio must hold an Operator’s Certificate of Proficiency.

Both the Short Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP) and Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP) courses are based on ACMA requirements. 

The course is delivered by those who are experienced radio operators with emergency & commercial radio backgrounds


What are the benefits?

Ability to use your radio regularly and enjoy the extra safety it provides

Confidence that you know what you’re doing and sound as if you do
The skill to use your radio in an emergency when every second counts
Top value for a hands-on course delivered by volunteers

Your fee supports our organisation and you will learn the following

Marine Radio Frequencies

Marine Radio Equipment

Marine Radio Procedures

Power Supplies

Digital Selective Calling (DSC)

Use of Marine Repeater Channels

For Individuals $150 For Pensions/Groups/ Non-profit discounts are available

Minimum prescribed age in years - 16

All we need from you is your Exam Fee, a Passport-sized & quality photo of yourself
Most importantly bring a Pen and Paper for notes



There is a VHF handbook and practice questions that can be accessed online. The book
cannot be printed but can be viewed or read online and practice exam questions are featured: