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All Hands on Deck Maritime Training is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) #90927 and an Accredited Provider of Maritime Training with NSW Maritime.
All Hands on Deck Maritime Training have been conducting maritime training and assessment since 2004 and each year we train over 1500 candidates in a wide variety of maritime courses including NSW Maritime Boat & PWC Licences, Coxswain Course, General Purpose Hand (Deckhand) Training, Coastal Navigation, Marine Engine Driver Grade III (MEDIII) as well as Marine Radio.
All commercial certificate courses that we conduct are Nationally Recognised and candidates attend our courses from all Australian States.
Which Marine Radio Course is for me?
On our website you will find links to information on two types of Marine Radio courses which are the Online Marine Radio Course and the Complete Marine Radio Course.
Basically the difference between the two comes down to where you live as the final process requires a face-to-face examination and the presentation of a passport photo for verification of identity purposes.
The Online Marine Radio Course
If you live OUTSIDE of the Sydney, Newcastle, Hunter, Lower Hunter, Illawarra, Port Stephens and Central Coast areas of NSW then you should enrol in the Online Marine Radio Course. You can enrol in this course at any time and this will give you:
- A FREE downloaded version of the Marine Radio Handbook and/or the VHF Radio Handbook,
- Access to our training material related to Marine Radios,
- Access to over 350 questions of a similiar nature to the final exam and
- Access to our Senior Trainer/Exam Supervisor via phone and email.
- The cost for this course is $59.00.
All Hands on Deck Maritime Training introduced the Online Marine Radio Course in response to many requests, from people all around the country, and it has proven to be hugely successful and popular. The Online Marine Radio Course allows candidates the opportunity of unlimited study online for the Marine Radio Certificate exam regardless of where you live in Australia (and overseas as we have had people in the US, UK, South Africa and Dubai use the system) with the added advantage of phone or email access to our Inviglator.
The Complete Marine Radio Course
If you live WITHIN the Sydney, Newcastle, Hunter, Lower Hunter, Illawarra, Port Stephens and Central Coast areas of NSW then you should enrol in the The Complete Marine Radio Course
Types of Marine Radio Certificates
There are essentially 2 types of certificates:
- The Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency (MROCP) incorporates knowledge of both Medium Frequency/High Frequency (MF/HF) Radios, which are designed for long range transmission, and VHF radios and
- The Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency (MROVCP) which 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, or applying for commercial qualifications such as Coxswain's or Master V certificates, you should obtain an MROCP Certificate.
If you are operating in the harbours and bays or staying near the coast then an MROVCP Certificate will be sufficient.
NOTE: We do not receive many applications for the MROVCP (VHF Only) and we do not generally recommend 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 MROCP due to a number of reasons (required on a yacht in an offical yacht race or to obtain a commercial certificate 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 to obtain a Marine Radio Certificate
The level of knowledge required to pass the 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
On Completion of the Online Study
The final process to obtain your MROCP or MROVCP certificate is for all candidates to sit a closed book multiple choice 50 question exam in the presence of a registered Invigilator.
An Invigilator is appointed by the The Office of Maritime Communications and Invigilators are located around the country. If you enrol in the online course only there will be additional costs to pay for the final MROCP or MROVCP exam papers (currently $63.50) and the Invigilators may charge a small fee for his/her time.
An Invigilator's job is to organise the exam papers, ensure the exam is conducted in accordance with the guidelines, and return the completed exam papers and fee for marking and processing.
An Invigilator does not mark the exam, but will seal it and send it to the Office of Maritime Communications for marking. The required pass mark is 70%. - 35 correct questions.
Advantages of Online Study
Candidates who pass, will be sent their Certificate of Proficiency which is plactic card type certificate. (Note: Our own Invigilator is currently acheiving 100% results for candidates obtaining their Radio Licence on the 1st attempt!!)
Candidates who do not pass will be sent their results and a resit will be required. A person can undertake the exam as many times as needed, upon payment each time of the $63.50 exam fee and Invigilator fee if applicable.
That's why the online course is so beneficial. It provides you with the opportunity of unlimited study and practice with the online exam questions and phone and email access to our Invigiltor with any questions you may have. This ensures you have the best possible opportunity of passing the exam 1st time and avoiding additional costs, and time, for re-sitting. We have heard of situations of people re-sitting 3 to 4 times.
How long will it take to obtain a Marine Radio Operators Certificate?
We estimate that to complete the Online component will take approximately 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 acheiving 80-85% in the online assignments then we recommend sitting the final face-to-face 'closed book' examination. This takes about 2 hours.
When the final 50 question multiple choice examination has been completed the examination papers are returned to the OMC for marking. This is the longest part of the process as it can take a week to get a result back.
How long does a Marine Radio Operators Certificate last?
The Marine Radio Operators Certificate is one of those rare certificates that when obtained has no expiry date and there are no renewal fees!
Testimonials!! (Copies available in our office)
From John - Cairns: "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"
From Christine - Perth: "Thanks Peter for your help. I was studying at TAFE and failed the Radio exam twice. I really needed to get it finished to sit my Coxswain's ticket and this really helped me a lot. Thanks heaps"
From Joshua - Darwin: "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"
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