Learn about effective marine radio communication at sea and obtain your HF & VHF radio operators certificate.
About the Online HF Radio Course
Our Online Radio Course allows you to learn everything you need to know about using Marine HF and VHF Radios, at your own pace and wherever you like! If you’ve always wanted to apply for an MMSI number for your vessel, this course will help you to take the first step. At the end of this online radio license course, you will know how to call for help in an emergency, communicate with other vessels at sea and understand how to use various safety equipment you may have onboard. This online course also prepares you to sit for your LROCP exam and obtain your radio license.
What You Will Learn…
Marine HF and VHF radio uses and communications
HF and VHF equipment and how to communicate at sea
VHF 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
Get Your Radio Licence!
On completion of the online radio course, you will have the opportunity to complete an exam and get your radio operator certificate of proficiency.
A Radio Licence will allow you to apply for an MMSI number for your vessel, which is required to transmit AIS information and enable the digital selective calling function on a radio.
Completing a Radio Exam
To attain your radio licence (certificate of proficiency), you must complete an exam. We have been approved by the Office of Maritime Communications to offer you a remote assessment. The remote assessment is conducted via a video call and has two components to the radio exam:
- Theory assessment – 50 multiple-choice questions. This is a closed book assessment and the required pass mark is 70% (35 questions correct).
- Practical assessment – a short observation where you will be asked to demonstrate your ability to use a radio, and how to make routine and distress calls.
Before sitting your exam, you will be required to pay a licence fee ($89) directly to the Office of Maritime Communications who mark the exam papers and distribute licences. This licence fee is not included in the online course enrolment. Your certificate of proficiency does not expire.
Course & Licence Fees
Online HF Radio Course – $149
Payable to enroll in the course. Course access is open for the lifetime of the product. Your course support is available for 12-months following enrolment. If life gets too busy, you can pause your course support for up to 6-months, and then continue when you have time!
Remote Licence Assessment – $100
Payable when scheduling an exam. This virtual assessment is scheduled inside the course. There is usually availability the following week for an assessment.
Office of Maritime Communications Exam & Licence Fee – $89
Paid directly to the Office of Maritime Communications before sitting an exam attempt.