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Marine Radio Operator’s Certificate of Proficiency
Long Range (LROCP) or Short Range (SROCP)

Both courses are the full and complete VHF, MF/HF, DSC courses that encompass the requirements for recreational boaters. Many recreational boaters choose to participate in the course particularly if they are the owner of a VHF radio or regularly go boating off-shore.

Either certificate can be achieved to meet the requirements for a commercial crew licence for a Coxswain Grade 1 and the LROCP course is a compulsory requirement for a Master <24 nationally and internationally.

Marine Radios are available in 27 MHz, VHF and MF/HF. To operate a VHF, MF/HF radio (most of these radios are licensed) you must have a certificate. The course provides knowledge of the phonetic alphabet, fault-finding, maintenance, call signs, frequencies, and importantly the operational procedures and words to be used.

Sea School makes this easy with a step-by-step presentation, trainer discussions and a course review prior to the test. The government test is invigilated by the Sea School trainer and assessor and includes 50 multiple choice questions.

This course is not nationally accredited.

Student Course Information

Course Fees and Duration

Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency

  • Duration - half day
  • Fee - $295 per person

Fee Payment

Course fees are due to be paid in full on course commencement. You will be invoiced upon enrolment.

You can pay by credit card, cash or by electronic funds transfer. Instalment payment plans are available upon application.

How to Apply

Please complete our online commercial course enrolment form. After receiving your enrolment, we will then email you a booking confirmation.

If you need to cancel your course due to an emergency or work, be assured your course enrolment can be transferred to another date, course or person within a 12 month period or, you can apply for a refund in extenuating circumstances.

What to Bring


Australian Drivers Licence, current passport or birth certificate, Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Sea Service:

Please bring your evidence of qualifying sea service. See the Record of Sea Service Form

Radio day:

1 x Passport photo for Marine Radio course


Course Text

Participants of the Marine Radio course can access the Marine Radio Operator’s Handbook online and you can also download it for free if you choose to. Please note this is required reading.

Office of Maritime Communication (OMC) application

The next step is for Sea School to lodge your test and application. Upon a successful result, a covering letter and card will be posted to your listed address. This card must be presented to the maritime agent if you’re applying for a Certificate of Competency with AMSA.

When you Qualify

Your name and contact details will be uploaded into the Search and Rescue National Database and you may be able to assist in the search and rescue of vessels in distress.

Should you lose your card, please contact the Office of Maritime Communication who will reissue your card for a fee. If you change your address or contact details, you must contact the Office of Maritime Communication to provide your new information.

Course Return Policy

If you do not reach the required competency standard within the course duration (including an unsatisfactory result in the government test) the fee to re-sit the test is $85. No additional passport photo is required.

Terms and Conditions

Signing your enrolment form acknowledges your understanding of your rights, obligations and acceptance of Sea School’s terms and conditions. Sea School course costs, timetable, course content, policies and procedures are subject to change without notice. You are required to read the detailed terms and conditions information on our website.

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Just wanted to thank you and your staff at Sea School. I have over 20 years experience in the teaching profession and work closely with Macquarie Uni & UTS and I can certainly say that your methods of teaching were spot on.

Craig Mitchell, Managing Director, Sydney Harbour Bookings