VHF Marine Radio Operator

The VHF Marine Radio Operator Certificate 

Recreational vessels outside 2 nautical miles from shore are required to have a Marine Two Way Radio, either 27mhz or VHF 

The 27mhz Marine Two way Radio does not require a licence to operate. 

The VHF Marine Radio on your boat requires a person holding a VHF Marine Radio Operator Certificate on the boat.

Inland waters vessels tend to rely on UHF Two Way Radio for communications with other vessels and land bases. UHF is not a Marine Two Way radio.

Qualified commercial crew operating on inland waters will already hold the VHF Certificate and use standard radio protocol. Recreational River skippers using UHF should at least note the procedures and comply with safety procedures.

Recreational vessels are required to have a Marine Two Way Radio, either 27mhz or VHF when they are more that 2 nautical miles from shore. 

The 27mhz Marine Two way Radio does not require a licence top operate. If a VHF marine Radio is carried by the boat, the boat operator must hold a VHF Marine Radio operator Certificate

Application for VHF Marine Radio operator Certificate

Click here to go to the Office of Marine Communications web page, follow the instructions and pay on-line.

Principal, Australian Cruise Academy, Capt Bouc, is an invigilator for the examinations. Nominate him on your application and contact him on 0418 836 137 for coaching assistance or to make an examination appointment. 

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