Marine Radio Licence Course Guarantee

8250+ and still counting – that how many Australians, in Australia and around the world, who we have assisted so far in obtaining their Marine Radio Licence with our easy to follow online program!!

Our Guarantee! We are so proud of our Marine Radio Licence online program that we have developed and which has been used by over 8250+ people to assist them to obtain their Marine Radio Licence quickly and easily. Just follow the easy to complete system that we have developed and we guarantee that you will successfully pass the final exam on the 1st attempt! 

SkippasMate Marine Training introduced the Online Marine Radio Licence Course in response to many requests from people all around the country for assistance in obtaining their Marine Radio Licence and who wanted to be able to study online before sitting the final written examination. We have students in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart.

The marine radio licence course has proven to be hugely successful and is one of our most popular courses where we are very proud to have assisted over 8250 candidates to quickly and easily obtain their Marine Radio Licence. At any given time we would have in excess of 250 people all around the country, from Karratha WA to Sale VIC, enrolled in the Marine Radio Licence course. Some spend just a few hours studying and others a couple of days. However, to put it simply, if you just follow the system that we have put in place to obtain your Marine Radio Licence we guarantee you will obtain the licence on the 1st attempt.

The Online Marine Radio Licence Course allows candidates the opportunity of unlimited study online for the Marine Radio Licence exam regardless of where you live in Australia (and also overseas as we have many Australians living in the US, UK, South Africa, Singapore, The Netherlands and Dubai who obtain their licence using our process) with the added advantage of phone or email access to our Invigilator. 


Who should have a Marine Radio Licence?

The requirement to hold a Marine Radio Licence is not new.  A Marine Radio Licence is required if you are operating Marine VHF and/or MF/HF Radios. This applies to Skippers and Masters of both recreational and commercial vessels. If you intend obtaining a commercial qualification such as a Coxswain, Master <24 or Master <35 marine qualification you need to have a Marine Radio Licence anyway. The requirement to hold a Marine Radio Licence is simply to ensure marine radio operators have the knowledge to correctly operate Marine VHF and/or MF/HF Radios.

If you currently have a Marine VHF and/or MF/HF Radio on board your vessel and you do not have a Marine Radio Licence you will find that it will be necessary to obtain a licence if you intend to up grade your radio to the popular and much preferred Digital Selective Calling (DSC) type of radio. To access the full features of these radios requires the radio to be registered and the issue of a Marine Mobile Service Identity number (MMSI). To obtain an MMSI you need to provide your Marine Radio Licence number.

You can enroll in this course at any time from the enrollment link on this page and the course includes the following:

  1. A FREE downloaded version of the Marine Radio Handbook and/or the VHF Radio Handbook,
  2. Access to additional training material and resources related to Marine Radio knowledge and operation,
  3. Unlimited access to over 350 questions of a similar nature to the final exam and
  4. Access to our Senior Trainer/Exam Supervisor via phone and email.
  5. Access to our FREE Simulator for demonstrating competency
  6. Complete the process (takes about 20 minutes) by sitting the final exam online via Skype or Zoom. (This process was introduced due to COVID – 19)
  7. The cost for the complete Marine Radio Licence course is $288.00. (Please note: This includes the the government charge of $89.00 for the exam papers.)

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Types of Marine Radio Certificates

There are essentially 2 types of certificates:

  1. The Long Range Operators Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP) which is for operating both VHF radios (short range radios) and Medium Frequency/High Frequency (MF/HF) Radios (which are designed for long range transmission) and
  2. The Short Range Operators Certificate of Proficiency for VHF Only (SROCP) is designed for those who are only carrying and/or operating a Very High Frequency (VHF) (Short Range) radio.

Basically if you intend travelling on offshore coastal voyages, are part of a yacht race crew, or applying for commercial qualifications such as a Coxswain’s or Master V certificate, you should obtain an LROCP Certificate. THIS IS THE PREFERRED CERTIFICATE TO OBTAIN.

If you are operating small recreational vessels in harbours and bays or staying near the coast then an SROCP (VHF Only) Certificate will be sufficient.

NOTE: We do not receive many applications for the SROCP (VHF Only) and we do not generally recommend that applicants obtain this certificate. The simple reason is the cost to obtain the 2 certificates is the same.

However the problem occurs if you wish to upgrade the certificate. In the past we have had applicants with VHF only radio certificates who have sought to upgrade to the LROCP due to a number of reasons (required on a yacht in an official yacht race, to obtain a commercial certificate or even joining a Marine Rescue organisation as a volunteer etc). Unfortunately the OMC do not have an upgrade process. You simply have to do it all again with all the time and costs involved.

Regardless of which certificate you wish to apply for if you are a Boat Owner and you wish to upgrade your MF/HF or VHF Radio to a Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Radio, which is now the preferred type of radio to have on board, you will NOT be able to complete the radio registration process with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and obtain a Marine Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number for the radio unless you obtain your Marine Radio Operators Certificate first.

Knowledge Required for a Marine Radio Certificate

It is important to understand that the knowledge required to obtain a Marine Radio Certificate is not extensive and it is not difficult to obtain a Marine Radio Certificate. The level of knowledge required to pass the final exam (70% pass required) includes the following subjects:

  • Knowledge of MF/HF and VHF marine radios
  • Identify the difference between Ship Stations, Coast Radio Stations and Limited Coast Stations
  • Understand and use the ‘Phonetic Alphabet’
  • Use correct operating procedures and channels when operating a marine radio
  • Understand Distress, Urgency and Safety Communications
  • Understand Digital Selective Calling (DSC) Communications
  • Understand the use of 406 MHz EPIRBS
  • Understand the use of SART’s
  • Understand Search and Rescue in Australia
  • Identify the different types of radio equipment, their application and limitations
  • Identify the components of a marine radio and the care and maintenance required with radio equipment and power sources

How long will it take to obtain a Marine Radio Operators Certificate?

We estimate that to complete the online component will take approximately 4-5 hours of self study. The online assignments are open book and take between 4 to 10 minutes each to complete.

When the assignments are completed an email response is sent to your inbox advising you of your results and sections that need to be reviewed. When candidates are consistently achieving 80-85% in the online components then we send information on providing a demonstration of competency using our simulator. 

Finally, we order exam papers from the Office of Maritime communications (OMC) and, when received, we then Skype or Zoom for approximately 20 minutes to complete the final exam. There are 25 multiple choice questions for SROCP and 50 multiple choice questions for LROCP. A pass mark of 70% is required for both licences. After completion of the final exam we send the documents to the OMC for marking. This is the longest part of the process as it can take up to 15 working days to get a result back.

How long does a Marine Radio Operators Certificate last?

The Marine Radio Operators Certificate is one of those very rare certificates in that, when obtained, it has no expiry date and there are no renewal fees!

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Hey Peter, just wanted to tell you I passed my radio exam first time. Working on a boat out of Darwin I don’t have time to go to TAFE at night so I was really glad I found your webpage to help me get my Radio Licence.
Joshua - Darwin

Peter, I just want to say one word ‘Brilliant’. I needed to obtain my marine radio licence quickly to be part of the crew in a yacht race. With your help I completed the whole process in 1 week and achieved 96% pass.
John - Sydney


Here is Bec at work, she recently sat her LROCP and achieved the record of 5 minutes and 10 seconds. Well done Bec and keep up all the great work you do with Marine Rescue Western Australia.

Queen of the LROCP

Thanks so much for having this online. It was much easier than I thought and it didn’t take that long either, just a couple of hours of study and good value as well.

John - Cairns

Testimonial – More testimonials at the bottom of the page.

Hi Peter, Thank you so much for this online process and for helping me obtain my Marine Radio Licence. I booked a sailing holiday in Croatia and didn’t realise I needed the licence until they asked for it after I had paid the booking fee. I was in a bit of a panic fearing I would loose my deposit. Fortunately I found your website and obtained the licence in 1 week. Brilliant!!!!

Blake - Portsea, Vic