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About Us

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 1997 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 as well as Marine Radio.

All commercial certificate courses that we conduct are Nationally Recognised and candidates attend our courses from all Australian States.

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The Online Marine Radio Course

All Hands on Deck Maritime Training introduced the Online Marine Radio Course in 2009 in response to requests from many 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. The online course has proven to be hugely successful and is one of our most popular courses. Since 2009 we have assisted many thousand of people to quickly and easily obtain their Marine Radio licence.

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 also overseas as we have had people in the US, UK, South Africa, Singapore, Uruguay, The Netherland and Dubai use the process) with the added advantage of phone or email access to our Invigilator. At any given time we would have in excess of 150 people around the country, from Karratha WA to Sale VIC, from Albany WA to Thursday Island QLD, completing the course.

Who should have a Marine Radio Licence?

A Marine Radio Licence is required if you are operating Marine VHF and/or MF/HF Radios. The licence does not have anything to do with whether the vessel is recreational or commercial. If you intend obtaining a commercial qualification such as a Coxswain or Master V you need to have the licence anyway however it is simply about having the knowledge to 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 Call (DSC) type of radio. To access the full features of these radio 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 enrolment link on this page and on completion of enrolment you will receive:

  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. The cost for this course is $59.00.

Types of Marine Radio Certificates

There are essentially 2 types of certificates:

  1. The Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency (MROCP) 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 Marine Radio Operators VHF Only Certificate of Proficiency (MROVCP) 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 MROCP 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 MROVCP (VHF Only) Certificate will be sufficient.

NOTE: We do not receive many applications for the MROVCP (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 MROCP due to a number of reasons (required on a yacht in an offical 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 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.

Invigilators are appointed by the The Office of Maritime Communications. If you enrol in the online course only there will be additional costs to pay for the final MROCP or MROVCP exam papers (currently $74.00) and 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, with the exam papers fee, for marking and processing.

An Invigilator does not mark the exam. The will oversee the exam process and then seal the papers and send return 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 Marine Radio Certificate of Proficiency which is a photo ID plastic 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 to resit the exam as many times as needed, upon payment each time of the $74.00 exam fee and Invigilator fee if applicable.

That's why the online course is so popular and beneficial to being able to obtain your marine radio. 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 undertaking classroom course of having to re-sit 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 4 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 components then we recommend sitting the final face-to-face 'closed book' examination.

When the final 50 question multiple choice examination has been completed the examination papers are returned to the OMC for marking by the Invigilator. This is the longest part of the process as it can take up to 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"

From John - Sydney: "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."

From Andrew - Melbourne: "Just want to thank you for you assistance in helping me obtain my marine radio licence with ease. I booked a sailing holiday in Croatia and you can imagine my horror when I received my booking confirmation email and it asked me for a copy of my marine radio licence. Fortunately I found your website and was able to obtain the licence quickly and easily. By the way I got 94% in the final exam. I will definitely recommend you to other yacht club members"

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