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Event date Wed, Jun 15 2022 - Sat, Jun 18 2022
Event date Cork
Event date €640

Restricted Operators Certificate (ROC) Cork

The ROC Restricted Operator Certificate course gives the professional seafarer competence in the operation of VHF and other inshore communications systems.  This STCW endorsed qualification is required for SOLAS-compliant vessels operating within coastal waters.  Accredited by the Irish Department of Transport, the course is held over 4 days

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)
  • EPIRBs
  • Search and Rescue Transponder (SART)
  • Distress, urgency, and safety procedures in GMDSS
  • Search and Rescue operation (SAR)
  • Obligatory procedures and practices – general communications

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