A candidate must must have obtained a minimum age of 16 years prior to sitting the marine radio examination.
- A completed application form with your details (this will be issued by the invigilator)
- A current, passport-size colour photo of yourself, with your name clearly printed on the reverse.
- The photograph must be presented to your invigilator when you attend your examination for his or her endorsement.
- Only a pencil or pen, and eraser may be taken into the examination room.
The examination fee is as per the fee structure detailed in OMC Fees. Your payment may be made by:
- Visa or MasterCard (the application has provision for these payment details) or by cheque or money order.
- If you are preparing for the examination through an organisation, it may make payment on your behalf.
The examinations are multi choice, closed book, no aides and no communication is allowed. Duration is either an hour for the LROCP qualification or half an hour for the SROCP and MSCE qualifications. A pass rate of 70% must be obtained. Therefore, apart from your payment and photograph, only a pencil or pen, and eraser may be taken into the examination room.
Please return to or supply to the invigilator:
- The question paper
- A current, passport-size colour photo of yourself (name on back)
- The signed and completed Application/Answer sheet together with your payment (unless made by the organisation), into the examination envelope.
- Your invigilator will then dispatch the examination pack to the OMC for marking.
On receiving a completed (as noted in previous paragraph) examination pack the OMC has a target of 15 working days to process your Application/Examination paper and issue notification of success or failure. If the examination pack received is incomplete, contact will be made with you to request the missing information. Processing of the Examination paper will not occur until all information has been received. Your examination may also be cancelled and your fee forfeited if the missing information is not received by OMC as directed.
On successfully completing the examination your Marine Radio Operator's Certificate will be dispatched to your nominated address. The certificate is a laminated card which includes your photograph, it is the size of a business card. This certficate is not required to be renewed, consequently it is suggested that you protect the card against abrasion and other damage. A replacement fee applies to damaged, broken and lost cards.
Should you receive a letter of failure to gain your certificate, you may resit the examination. Resits are limited to three per 12 month period, after your third resit, if you have failed to reach the 70% pass mark your examination results will be referred the the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for a final decision on whether to grant or refuse a certificate. The ACMA will contact you regarding the outcome.
The resit process is exactly the same as the initial process:
- decide your method of study (independently or through a course, you may change your method);
- contact an invigilator; and
- resit the examination – another photograph and full payment are also required.
The OMC staff are available to apprise you on your examination answers, please ring the office 1300 365 262.
When lodging an application to sit a marine radio operators examination you will be required to sign a declaration stating that:
I certify that I do not suffer an incapacity that would prevent me from correctly sending and receiving messages by radio telephony. To the best of my knowledge, the information given by me on this application is true and correct in every detail.
If you have special needs that require some form of extra assistance to study and/or sit the examination please discuss it with your invigilator or contact our office. If required, the ACMA may conduct a special examination. For further information on special examinations please contact our office on 1300 365 262 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may need to provide ACMA with a medical certificate, from your doctor, explaining your needs and the form of assistance required.