Maritime Ship Stations - Certificate of Proficiency - Australian Government

Service summary

You may require a Certificate of Proficiency if you intend to operate maritime radiocommunications equipment using VHF and MF/HF frequencies on ship stations.

There are five different Certificates of Proficiency and one certificate of endorsement:
  1. Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP)
  2. Short Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (SROCP)
  3. Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) General Operator's Certificate of Proficiecy (GOCP)
  4. GMDSS First-Class Radio Electronic Certificate (1st-Class REC)
  5. GMDSS Second-Class Radio Electronic Certificate (2nd-Class REC)
  6. Marine Satellite Communications Endorsement (Satcom)

The Australian Maritime College (AMC) issues LROCP, SROCP and Satcom Certificates of Proficiency and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is responsible for the issue of GOCP and 1st- and 2nd-Class RECs. In addition, AMC and AMSA have accredited a number of educational institutions to conduct examinations required for a Certificate of Proficiency.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


ApplyApplicationPlease contact the AMC or AMSA for information on fees to be submitted.

Administering agency

University of Tasmania
Australian Maritime College

Act(s) name

Radiocommunications Act 1992 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Maritime Ship Licence) Determination 2015 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Maritime Radio Qualifications
University of Tasmania
Australian Maritime College

Toll Free:

1300 365 262

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