Marine Radio Operators Certificate
What is a Marine Radio Operators Certificate?
The Marine Radio Operators Certificate, also commonly referred to as the “Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency” or LROCP, demonstrates that the person in question has the skill required to safely and properly operate certain types of radios in vessels in and around Australian waters.
In order to obtain the certificate, candidates are required to display the following core qualities:
- They will display an understanding of simple maintenance practices necessary to keep equipment in good working order.
- They will display knowledge of the Australian marine search and rescue system.
- They will demonstrate that they understand rules and regulations applicable to ship stations and more.
Why You Need to Be Qualified
Above all else, the argument in favour of obtaining a Marine Radio Operators Certificate comes by way of the fact that it gives you the potential to save lives in a naturally dangerous environment. Going through the certification process provides you with a deeper understanding of safety procedures, gives you the experience you need to adequately respond to an emergency call and guarantees that your messages are understood and that others know how to respond in an emergency situation.
The Penalties for Not Being Qualified
Going beyond this, another important reason to obtain your Marine Radio Operators Certificate is that there are very significant penalties for a failure to do so. Anyone who is operating a VHF marine radio WITHOUT holding the appropriate qualification (or who is not under the supervision of someone who is) will likely be found in breach of the Radiocommunications Act. Penalties not only include staggering fines but can also include imprisonment depending on the specifics of the situation.
If you’re looking for more information on the Marine Radio Operators Certificate, or if you’d like to begin the process of obtaining your certificate today, please don’t delay – contact Maritime and Safety Training for more information.
Woy Woy Thursday 28th June 2018