VHF Short Range Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP)

SHORT RANGE OPERATOR'S CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY

Under the Radio Communications Act 1992, the installation and operation of VHF marine radio equipment aboard any Australian Vessel must be authorised by a licence.

SROCP (Short Range Operator’s Certificate of Proficiency) qualifications are required for those boat owners who have a VHF radio fitted aboard their boats. The SROCP is a sufficient qualification for those who intend only to own and operate VHF radio equipment.

On successful completion of the course, students receive the Short Range Operator’s Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP) Licence from the Office of Maritime Communications. The SROCP licence certificate does not expire.

about the course

This one day course is held on a Saturday commencing at 8.00 am. The Short Range Operator’s Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP) course Lecturers are Sea Rescue Volunteers who are qualified radio operators with many years of experience in handling marine radio communication.

AMC website link to view the Marine VHF Radio Operators handbook.

cOURSE coNTENT

  • Ice Breaker
  • W.H.S Briefing
  • House Keeping Announcements
  • Introduction to Marine Radio Course
  • Marine Radio Equipment
  • Radio Base Tour
  • Radio Discipline
  • Pro-Words, understand parts of a call and phonetics
  • Review
  • General Information
  • General information for Ship Station
  • Maritime Communication Coast Radio and limited Coastal Stations
  • Operating Procedures for routine Communications
  • Operating Procedures for Emergency Communications
  • DSC Digital Selective calling communications
  • Review
  • Emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB)
  • S R A Search and Rescue Australia
  • Marine Radio Communication Equipment – Propagation
  • Marine Radio Communication Equipment – Radio Equipment
  • Marine Radio Communication Equipment – Components of a Marine Radio
  • Marine Radio Communication Equipment – Transceiver Controls
  • Marine Radio Communications Equipment – Care and Maintenance
  • Marine Radio Communication Equipment – Batteries
  • Marine Radio Communication Equipment – Fault finding
  • Final Review
  • Closed book Examination
  • Self-evaluation and discussion
  • Practice with Hand Held Radios
  • Briefing for Examination – Exam to Follow

cOURSE Outcomes

1.  Demonstrate an ability to use VHF radiotelephony and digital selective calling (DSC) operating procedures, particularly those relating to distress, urgency and safety.

2.  Demonstrate an understanding of simple maintenance practices required to keep their marine radio equipment in in good working order, including the repair of minor faults.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the regulations applicable to ship stations equipped with VHF radiotelephony and digital selective calling facilities.

4. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the Australian marine search and rescue system

5. Demonstrate an understanding of the regulations applicable to ship stations equipped with radiotelephony and digital selective calling facilities.

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