VHF Marine Radio Course

Please note: it is  a Government requirement that if attending a face to face course you are required to provide evidence of your COVID vaccination or official medical exemption to attend.


Let’s clarify the VHF Marine Radio Story.

Did you know it is *illegal to operate a VHF Marine Radio WITHOUT a “Certificate of Proficiency” (license)

*Except in emergency situations it is a legal requirement that you have a VHF license if you intend to use your radio (for non emergency regular use).

There are two VHF Marine Radio Courses

  1. Australian Waters Qualification AWQ – Designed specifically for recreational powerboat and sailing boat operators in Australian Waters $195 pp
  2. International SROCP VHF course – For overseas hire of some charter boats and some commercial uses $295 pp
  • Both are “hands on” with a room full of radios
  • Both cover not only the legal requirements,  but also the day to day operation,  –  who do I call?  –  How do I call,  –  is my radio working properly , – etc etc


Both courses are 3.5hours in duration and are conducted at the same time. There is some online pre reading, covering all the rules and regulations, how to use of radio, who to contact in an emergency, DSC, EPIRB,mmsi, etc

The classroom session involves a visual presentation, practical examples, and practical use of the VHF radio before a knowledge based test and a practical “hands on” test. (Actually operating  VHF marine radios)

NOTE; The link to do the online homework will be sent to you once you have booked and paid by credit card.    

The AWQ has been prepared by the Australian Media Communications Authority to suit recreational boat operators. This qualification incorporates MARCO59: Transmit and receive information by marine VHF radio within Australian Territorial Waters. Nationally accredited, a Statement of Attainment will be supplied on successfully passing.

The International SRCOP qualification is overseen by AMC  in Launceston Tasmania (your exam is mailed to and corrected by AMC) who then mail you the certificate about 10 days after the course.

After booking and paying, you will receive a confirmation email with details you are required to complete to finalise your registration.