ACMA Marine Radio Licence

This is a one-day course approved by ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority). It will teach you about VHF (short-range), MF/HF (long-range) and GMDSS relevant equipment such as EPIRBs, SARTs and DSC.

Operators of marine radios on ship stations must possess a Marine Radio Operators Certificate. You also need a certificate to apply for an MMSI number to be able to operate the DSC function on your radio and obtain a ship’s license to operate your MF/HF transceiver.

This course is also a requirement for those looking to get their RYA Yachtmaster, AMSA Masters and Coxswains.

If you have a radio onboard your vessel, this course is an absolute “must”. We pride ourselves on more than just getting you over the line for the license exam. We actually teach you how to use a radio.

How to get your Radio License

  • At the end of the course, you will undertake a 50 question, multiple-choice exam. The exam has a 70% pass rate (35 correct questions)
  • There is also a short practical assessment where we will observe your ability to use a radio to make routine and distress calls.
  • The exams are sent to the Office of Maritime Communications at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston, Tasmania where the exams are marked.
  • If successful, your certificate is posted directly to you.
  • Payment of an $89 exam fee (not included in course fees)
Instructor Ratio
Duration 1 day, 9am to 5pm
• Marine radio uses and communications
• Frequency and Channels
• Radio Propagation
• Radio equipment and how to communicate at sea
• VHF repeater channels and shore stations
• Distress, urgency & safety calling
• Using a DSC enabled radio and AIS
• Emergency beacons and transponders
• Power supplies for radio equipment
• Practical use of radio
Ability after
To have the confidence and qualifications needed to use a marine radio, both in routine and emergency situations, as well as the ACMA Marine Radio Licence.

Price $300.00 + $89 for the exam (payable to AMC)