Monday – Sunday
8am – 7pm

Training Center : Maylands Marina – 38 Hardey Road, Maylands

Mike Watson

Marine Radio Examinations

Office of Maritime Communications (OMC) 1300 365 262

The Office of Maritime Communications at the Australian Maritime College is responsible for the management of all functions associated with marine radio examinations and certification services in Australia.

The marine radio examinations includes the management of the invigilator network across Australia, production and distribution of the Marine Radio Operators Handbook, production and distribution of examination papers and certificates for:

The AMC is also responsible for reissuing certificates to holders who have lost or damaged certificates of proficiency.

Please note . We only do the Radio exams on weekends Starting at 7 am at our Maylands premises 

To Find information on the new AWQ click here

Do I need a VHF radio license in Western Australia?

In order to have a VHF radio on your boat, it is a legal requirement for you to have a VHF Radio License in Western Australia to operate it.  Sea Safe Boat School offers a complete invigilator guide conducted under OMC guidelines to obtain your Vhf marine radio licence. With a total Cost $200


To have a VHF radio on your boat it is a legal requirement for you to have a Vhf marine radio licence to operate it

There are 2 types of VHF radio license in Western Australia:

LROCP. This is a full Vhf radio licence Perth which includes VHF and radio. 50 multiple choice  questions pass mark  70%  35 correct

Mostly for  commercial operators. Lots of book reading with this one

SROCP.   This is the most common operator gets just a VHF license and is easier.( Not so much study) 25 Questions pass mark 70% or 18

Both licenses are the same price and can be conducted at our training center at Maylands. Marina 38 Hardey Road Maylands. The quiz usually takes about 20 mins

Please note . We only do the Radio exams on weekends Starting at 7 am at our Maylands premises 

Marine Radio Examinations are conducted under OMC guidelines . Total Cost $200

Don’t forget to have a passport size photo with you to attach to your answer sheet

We send in your completed papers and results are sent to the student links below to download the workbook, or purchase $45 from Sea Safe

The SROCP is the preferred Vhf radio licence Perth to obtain for most applicants. If you want to travel offshore, participate in yacht races or apply for further qualifications like the Masters V or Coxwain’s certificate then the LROCP is essential. The SROCP will only allow for you to operate small vessels near the coast or in bays and harbours.

The cost of the certificates are effectively equivalent so is not recommended to apply for the SROCP.  There is no simple way for you to upgrade the SROCP to the LROCP so if you change your mind later on you’ll have to take the entire vhf radio course test again and incur all the costs associated.

What do I need to know to get a VHF radio licence in Western Australia?

It isn’t difficult to obtain a Marine Radio licence and you don’t require extensive knowledge in order to pass your vhf radio course exam. You need to get 70% of the final vhf radio course exam correct and you’ll need the following:

  • An understanding of VHF (and MF/HF) marine radios
  • An understanding and ability to use the phonetic alphabet
  • The ability to distinguish between Ship Stations, Limited Coast Stations and Coast Radio Stations
  • Knowledge of the procedures and channels needed while operating the radio
  • The ability to comprehend safety, distress and urgency communications
  • An understanding of Digital Selective Calling Communications
  • The ability to identify the components of a marine radio
  • An understanding of the maintenance requirements pertaining to radio equipment and power sources
  • An understanding of the applications and limitations of different kinds of radio equipment
  • An understanding of Search and Rescue in Australia
  • An understanding of the use of SART’s and 406 MHz EPIRBS

How long will it take to obtain a VHF Marine Radio Licence?

SROCP usually takes about 20 minuets and is the most popular. LROCP takes longer and a lot more study (usually for the commerciall offshore operator. When you finish the marine radio assignment you’ll receive an email response informing you of your results from the Office of Maritime Communications.

This exam consists of either 50 (LROCP) or 25 (SROCP) multiple choice questions. Once this is completed the papers are returned to the OMC and it can take up to 15 working days before you receive your results. For more info about how to get the Vhf Radio Licence in Western Australia, you can always message us by clicking the button below.

Please note . We only do the Radio exams on weekends Starting at 7 am at our Maylands premises 

You can also test your knowledge after reading the book


VHF Radio Licence


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