Restricted Operators Certificate (ROC)
Who this course is for: The professional seafarer, giving them the authority to operate VHF radio equipment on Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) vessels in coastal waters.
Length of course: This course is usually held over four consecutive days, including exam time.
Objective: To gain the skills and knowledge to confidently and correctly operate a VHF radio installation, including Digital Selective Callings (DSC), EPIRB, SART, and NAVTEX.
Assessment: There are three written exams and two oral exams. Successful candidates will receive a Restricted Operators Certificate issued by the Irish Department of Transport and recognised worldwide.
Prerequisites: Candidates must be over 18 years of age and have an adequate level of English to understand the course content and exam questions.
Format of the course: Prior to the course, candidates are encouraged to access our online simulator.
A comprehensive course manual will be given in-class and each student will have hands-on practice with a VHF radio simulator as well as with EPIRBs, SARTs, and NAVTEX.
- Types of communications in Maritime Mobile Service
- Types of stations
- Radio frequencies
- VHF radio installation
- Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
- Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
- Search and Rescue Transponder (SART)
- Distress, urgency, and safety procedures in GMDSS
- Search and Rescue operation (SAR)
- Obligatory procedures and practices – general communications