This is a one-day course approved by ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority). It covers VHF (short-range), MF/HF (long-range), and GMDSS relevant equipment such as EPIRBs, SARTs, and DSC.
Did you know that you must possess a Marine Radio Operators Certificate before you use a marine radio? You also need a certificate to apply for an MMSI number to be able to operate the DSC function on your radio and obtain a ship’s license to operate your MF/HF transceiver.
This course is also a requirement for those looking to get their Yachtmaster, AMSA Master, and Coxswains.
If you have a radio on board your vessel, this course is an absolute “must”. We pride ourselves on more than just getting you over the line for the license exam. We actually teach you how to use a radio.
What You Will Learn:
- Licensing rules and regulations
- Frequency and Channels
- Marine radio uses and communications
- Radio Propagation
- Radio equipment and Protocol
- Repeater channels and shore stations
- Distress, urgency & safety calling
- Using a DSC enabled radio and AIS
- Emergency beacons and transponders
- Power supplies for radio equipment
- Practical use of radio
How to Get Your Radio License
At the end of the course, you will undertake a 50 question, multiple-choice exam. The exam has a 70% pass rate (35 correct questions)
There is also a short practical assessment where we will observe your ability to use a radio to make routine and distress calls.
The exams are sent to the Office of Maritime Communications at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston, Tasmania where the exams are marked.
If successful, your certificate is posted directly to you.
Payment of an $89 exam fee (not included in course fees)
If you are short of time, we also offer an option to do the VHF (Short Range) course online with one of our partner training centres. You can complete the course online and then just take the exam in person when it suits you.
The cost of the course is $300 (payable at time of booking) plus an $89 exam fee (not included in the course fee).