Marine Radio Course QF3

Thank you for your enquiry about either the MROVCP (VHF ONLY) or MROCP (VHF/MF/HF) radio course  held at Coast Guard Redcliffe – Scarborough Boat Harbour. (1 Thurecht Parade, Scarborough)

The course starts for both MROVCP and MROCP 08:00 Sharp on Saturday November 2nd until 5:00pm (1700). MROVCP students will complete their examination on the day.

MROCP will return at 08:30 Sunday November 3rd to complete the theory and examination, finishing by 11:00am.

The fun casual day is made up of theory and practical components. Morning and afternoon tea, and NOW Lunch is supplied.

For catering requirements we need to now if you are coming, so please make payment as soon as possible and complete the confirmation form below.

The theory subjects we cover:

  • Frequencies and Channels of Marine Radio Network
  • Major Parts of a Radio
  • Repeater Stations
  • Limited Coast Stations – “Who’s Listening”
  • Operator Requirements
  • Operating Procedures
    • Authority  and responsibilities of the master or skipper
    • Watch keeping
    • Secrecy of Communications
    • Log Keeping
    • Phonetic Alphabet – Alpha Bravo Charlie…….
  • Routine Calling Procedures
  • Distress Calling
    • Mayday, Mayday, Mayday
  • Digital Selective Calling – DSC
  • 406MHz EPIRBS
  • Search and Rescue Transponders
  • Marine Batteries
  • Sample Exam Questions

The practical will be an actual roll play call on two VHF channels which demonstrates how to log your vessel in and out with a volunteer marine radio station.

An assessment examination must be completed. This comprises of a 25 (VHF ONLY) & 50 (VHF/MF/HF) question / multiple answer exam paper. A pass rate of 70% is required.

This takes approximately a ½ hour to complete  following the theory for MROVCP students on the Saturday (around 1630).  MROCP students complete theirs on the Sunday around 10:00.

Along with your certificate application, you need to supply a standard passport photograph which is impregnated into a credit card size id card.

Also bring along a pencil, eraser, black pen, highlighter, big hat and sun lotion – we have plenty of notes and paper.

The cost of the course is $160.00 (VHF ONLY) & $180 (VHF/MF/HF), and includes the exam application fee, Handbook, meals and course notes.

If you would like to reserve a seat or confirm your current booking, please make your payment by phoning the radio room on 07 3203 5522. Credit cards accepted.

Once completed, please ensure you obtain your receipt number for processing below as this will assist us to make final catering arrangements.

Payment is also accepted on the first day of attendance. We accept Cheque, Credit Card, however Cash saves us the bank fees and keeps our running costs low.

Thank you

Peter J Hackett

MROCP Presenter


Why Do I Need A Certificate Of Proficiency?

A marine radio is a useless piece of equipment unless you know how to use it properly. By obtaining a Certificate of Proficiency you will obtain the knowledge that can help you save lives.

A Certificate of Proficiency gives you the skills that are essential for the confident and responsible use of a marine radio. You learn what to do when you need to respond to an emergency call and how to make an emergency call that can be understood and responded to appropriately if you ever become endangered at sea.

Marine radio communications can also provide a variety of services to small vessels, including weather and navigational information as well as other services important to those at sea. The more you and your crew on board know about marine radios the more you will all benefit from its use.

What do the MROVCP & MROCP abbreviations mean?

The Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency, commonly known as the MROVCP is the certificate required to legally operate a Marine VHF Radio while on inland waterways or at sea within Australia.

The Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency, commonly known as the MROCP is the certificate required to legally operate a Marine VHF MF/HF Radio while on inland waterways or at sea.

If your marine radio is Digital Selective Calling (DSC) capable, then you will need to obtain the certificate to apply for a DSC Maritime Mobile Service Identification (MMSI) number.

Obtaining Your Operators Certificate?

The MROVCP and MROCP Certificates are awarded to candidates once they have passed an examination. Preparing for the examination can be done two ways. You can choose to prepare through independent study or by attending a course offered by a training provider.

Contact your local volunteer Marine Rescue group in your area, as many offer the service to members and the general public.


The Marine Radio Operators Handbook will assist candidates for all operators certificates to study for their examinations. The handbook includes recommended syllabi for each of the certificates and icons throughout the book indicate relevant areas of study for each qualification.

All examinations are supervised by OMC registered invigilators.


Who is the Office of Maritime Communications?

The Office of Maritime Communications is the only body in Australia that can award marine radio qualifications. The office is part of the Australian Maritime College, Australia’s national centre for maritime training, education and research.

Do I need a license for the 27Mhz or VHF radio?

Individual licences are not required for 27 MHz or VHF marine radio transceivers but the operator of a VHF Marine Radio does require a Certificate of Proficiency (MROVCP). Because 27 MHz and VHF marine radios are now class licensed, official call signs are no-longer issued. However, operators are still required to identify their vessels at the beginning of each series of transmissions.

Does the MF/HF marine radio require a license?

Yes, the apparatus needs to be licensed and the operator requires a Certificate of Proficiency. When the apparatus is licensed a call sign will be issues by the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority).

How often do I have to update my Marine Radio Operator’s Certificate?

Marine Radio Operator’s Certificates are issued for life and do not need renewing

Who is an Invigilator?

An Invigilator is a person whom is certified to supervise examinations.

If a candidate fails can they re-sit the exam?

Yes, a candidate may re-sit the examination as many times as it takes to gain the Certificate of Proficiency. Each time the candidate must pay the current processing fee and submit a photo.

However, after the second or third attempt the candidate or Invigilator should query the circumstances and reassess the situation. Would the VHF certificate be more appropriate or should a special examination be considered.

Can the holder of an Amateur or Aviation Radio License receive exemptions for the Marine Radio Certification?

No, amateur and aviation radio certificates are not valid for marine radio operations. These operators must successfully gain their Marine Radio Certification.

Does a candidate have to attend a training course?

Not for the MROVCP or MROCP, however there is nothing better than to attend a face-to-face classroom presentation by an experienced marine rescue trainer. They will offer a vast knowledge base of real life experiences and applications for the use of your marine radio. Another advantage in attending is to have the opportunity to broadcast a transmission. (low power, classroom environment). The more practise you have, the confident you will become in using the marine radio.

For all certificates, candidates should obtain a copy of the Marine Radio Operators Handbook (MROH) for either the MROVCP or MROCP study stream. The handbook is a very useful study guide for all examinations and should be carried on board the vessel for future reference by you or your crew.

Is my overseas marine radio qualification valid in Australia?

Australia recognises other countries marine qualifications that are issued according to International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recommendations. Submit a copy of your qualification to ACMA, if you have any doubts.

What is the type of examination do I need to complete?

The MROCP examination is a closed book, MROCVP open book  and no communications other than with the invigilator or no aides are allowed;

The examination duration is 30 Minutes for the MROVCP, 25 question multi choice answers;

The examination duration is 60 Minutes for the MROCP, 50 question multi choice answers;

There is only one correct answer of the four suggested answers offered, so take your time to read all the questions first;

Then consider the four options for the ‘best fit’;

Attempt all the questions as any question not answered will be marked as incorrect;

To pass, you must obtain 70%, or higher.

What if I don’t have a certificate and I need to use the marine radio in an Emergency?

The Radiocommunications Act 1992, Part 3.1, section 49 allows any person in possession of a marine radio, if they have a reasonable belief, that the operation was necessary for the purpose of:

  1. Securing the safety of a vessel that was in danger; or
  2. Dealing with an emergency involving a serious threat to the environment; or
  3. Dealing with an emergency involving risk of death of, or injury to, persons; or
  4. Dealing with an emergency involving risk of substantial loss of, or substantial damage to, property
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