VHF and HF/MF Radio Operators Exams

Our chief instructor is an Invigilator for the VHF and HF/MF radio operators’ exams offered by the Australian Office of Maritime Communications (the OMC). 

  • Passing their short range VHF exam gives you an Australian OMC Short Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP) which allows you to operate VHF short range radio equipment.  . 
  • Passing their long range radio operator’s exam gives you their Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP), which allows you to operate both VHF and MF/HF radiotelephony equipment. 
  • Both certificates are recognised as GMDSS qualifications in many other countries and are accepted by RYA and MCA for Yachtmaster qualifications.

The system is administered by the Australian Maritime College (AMC). The normal procedure is that you study for the exam using the appropriate Radio Operator's Handbook and revision questions, which can be viewed on the AMC web site: http://www.amc.edu.au/industry/omc/handbooks-and-revision-questions. When you are ready, we arrange a mutually convenient exam date. You then pay the exam fee to AMC, via their web site: http://www.amc.edu.au/industry/omc/omc-fees-and-payment  and send us the transaction number. We then confirm the exam date with AMC and you come to our office in Phuket to sit the exam. Our fee for making the arrangements, invigilating and submitting the exam etc is THB3,000 per person.

The SROCP examination consists of 25 multi-choice questions and a practical component in which you need to demonstrate that you know how to operate a VHF radio. The exam is 30 minutes duration with a 70% pass mark. 

The LROCP examination consists of 50 multi-choice questions and a practical component in which you need to demonstrate that you know how to operate an MF/HF radio. The exam is 1 hour duration with a 70% pass mark)

You are not allowed to refer to the handbook during the exam, so you will need to study this carefully beforehand. If you are able to answer all of the revision questions, without referring to the handbook, you should be able to pass the exam. 

Please Note: GMDSS is an acronym for the "Global Maritime Distress and Safety System". This is an internationally agreed system that includes a number of elements such as VHF; Navtex; EPIRB; etc. The SROCP and LROCP include knowledge of DSC and EPIRB and are accepted by the Australian maritime authority as GMDSS qualifications. However, it’s up to each country's National maritime authority, e.g. the Marine Coastguard Agency (MCA) in UK, to decide if another country’s marine radio operator’s certificate will be accepted as a GMDSS qualification. The Australian SROCP and LROCP are accepted as GMDSS qualifications in many countries but if you want to be sure you should check with your own county’s national maritime authority.