Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency
The user of a VHF radio is required to hold a minimum of a Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency. A person operating a VHF marine radio without holding an appropriate qualification or being under the supervision of an appropriately qualified person, may be breaching the Radio Communications Act. Penalties include significant fines and imprisonment.
To meet this requirement MBGLAC Offers Members and Supporters the OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE A SHORT RANGE OPERATOR CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY (SROCP) IN A SINGLE HALF DAY COURSE AT THE CLUB IN SPENCER PARK ON SUNDAY 17 MARCH.
COMMENCING 12 NOON; the course will be conducted by an approved invigilator (instructor) and an exam will be held at the end of the course.
The club is sponsoring the invigilator however the cost of the exam and the required hard copy Marine Radio Operators Handbook will be the individuals own.
Attendees need to purchase the hand book prior to the course being held with the view that each participant review its content prior to the day of the course and the exam. The hand book may be obtained by ordering on line from http://www.amc.edu.au/industry/omc/handbooks-and-revision-questions, at a cost of $17.00. This book is required to be carried onboard when on the water.
The sealed exam papers are required to be sent direct to the invigilator
from ACMA in Tasmania and so the cutoff date for registering your intention to
participate is Saturday 9 March 2019. Please register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Each participant will be required to meet their own cost of the exam which is
You will also be required to bring a colour passport type / size photo of yourself with your name clearly printed on the reverse which will be attached to your certificate.
The SROCP qualification allows the operator to operate the VHF marine radiotelephony equipment only. The examination consists of a 25 multi-choice question paper (duration 30 minutes with a 70% pass mark) and a practical component. The practical component may be conducted by either the invigilator or another person nominated by the invigilator.
Applicants for the Short Range Certificate of Proficiency will be required to:
• Demonstrate a practical knowledge of GMDSS sub-systems and equipment which is appropriate to vessels operating in Australian waters on which a radio installation is not compulsory under international agreements. Specifically, VHF radio telephony equipment with digital selective calling (DSC) facilities, and emergency position indicating radio beacons of the 406 MHz and 121.5/243 type.
• Demonstrate an ability to use VHF radio telephony and digital selective calling (DSC) operating procedures, particularly those relating to distress, urgency and safety.
• Demonstrate an understanding of simple maintenance practices required to keep the marine radio equipment specified in (1) in good working order, including the repair of minor faults.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the regulations applicable to ship stations equipped with VHF radio telephony and digital selective calling facilities.
• Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the Australian marine search and rescue system.
• Demonstrate a practical knowledge of marine radio operations and equipment.
• A candidate must have obtained a minimum age of 16 years prior to sitting the marine radio examination.
For further information contact Martin Bartlett on 0418 331 242.
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