VHF Marine Radio Licence
A marine radio is an important pieces of equipment on a yacht, it enables you to communicate with other vessels, seek assistance and advice and listen to weather broadcasts and the like if available in the area. Most important you will need it in an emergency to call for help, or relay information to authorities in the event of a mishap.
To use a radio you need a licence, simple – it is a legal requirement. At Liquid Edge Sailing School we do not have a formal class, as there are teaching aids on line and we supply a VHF handbook for you to study and keep.
The Short Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP) is the Licence you are required to obtain for VHF.
Liquid Edge Sailing School supervises the exam process. It takes around 1 hour to complete. Your exam is then sent to the Office of Maritime Communications for marking and if successful the issuing of the SROCP Licence.
Further explanation of the process:
The Office of Maritime Communications at the Australian Maritime College is responsible for the management associated with marine radio examinations and certification in Australia.
This includes the management of the invigilator network across Australia, production of the Marine Radio Operators Handbook, examination papers and licence for:
SROCP – Short Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (VHF Radio).
The AMC is also responsible for reissuing certificates to holders who have lost or damaged certificates of proficiency.
- if you have a VHF radio on your boat it is a legal requirement for you to have a VHF License to operate it
- There are 2 radio licenses:
- LROCP. This is a full marine license which includes VHF and radio. 50 multiple choice questions pass mark 70% 35 correct
- Mostly for commercial operators. Lots of study with this one
- SROCP. This is the most common, operator obtains a VHF license and is easier. ( Not so much study) 25 Questions pass mark 70% or 18
- The Liquid Edge Sailing School invigilator is available the first Saturday each month from 8.00 am. The exam usually takes about 30 – 60 mins max.
- The Marine Radio Exam is conducted under OMC guidelines.
- Please note, you will need a passport size photo with you to attach to your exam sheet, which will be witnessed by the invigilator.
On signing up we will send you links to the online resources, the on line book for you to study.