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Marine radio qualifications

Learn your options for fulfilling the mandatory requirement to hold a radio operation qualification.

The National Standard for Commercial Vessels Part D, Crew Competencies requires that you hold either a Marine radio operators VHF certificate of proficiency or a Marine radio operators certificate of proficiency depending on the certificate of competency you apply for. These two certificates are now named the Short range operator certificate of proficiency and the Long range operator certificate of proficiency, respectively.

Short range operator certificate of proficiency equivalents

The following certificates are equivalent to (or higher than) the Short range operator certificate of proficiency:

  • Marine radio operators VHF certificate of proficiency
  • Long range operator certificate of proficiency
  • Marine radio operators certificate of proficiency
  • Restricted radiotelephony operators certificate of proficiency
  • Third class commercial operators certificate of proficiency
  • Global maritime distress and safety system general operators certificate of proficiency
  • Global maritime distress and safety system radio operators certificate

Long range operator certificate of proficiency equivalents

The following certificates are equivalent to (or higher than) the Long range operator certificate of proficiency:

  • Marine radio operators certificate of proficiency 
  • Restricted radiotelephony operators certificate of proficiency 
  • Third class commercial operators certificate of proficiency 
  • Global maritime distress and safety system general operators certificate of proficiency 
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Radio Operator Certificate

How do I get a Short range or Long range operator certificate of proficiency?

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.

What about my overseas certificate?

If you wish to operate a marine radio in Australia using your overseas certificate, you should submit it to the Australian Communications and Media Authority for assessment. You cannot obtain an Australian certificate on the basis of your overseas certificate.

Important disclaimer

These instructions are summary information only. We make decisions about under Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency — national law) 2013 and the National Standard for Commercial Vessels Part D, Crew Competencies. Please refer to these documents for full details of eligibility and other requirements for certificate applications.

Last updated: 1 December 2017
Last reviewed: 1 December 2017