VHF Certification

Published by Swain Sailing School and Yacht Charters on Friday, 4th January 2002 - 12:10PM in Sail Training


VHF Certification

Radio Operator and Communications Certificate

Course Overview

A six to eight hour course offered in one day, covering general rules for the use and operation of VHF radios, SARTs, and EPIRBs. Every crew member needs to know how to operate a marine radio as well as what to do in case of an emergency. This course also covers an introduction to other marine communications. Students qualify to test for the VHF Radio Operator and Communications Certificate.

Syllabus Overview

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Basic Radio Theory
  • 3. Subsidiary Equipment
  • 4. Common Radio Terms
  • 5. Regulations/Licensing Requirements
  • 6. VHF Radio Equipment
  • 7. SSB/HF Radio Equipment
  • 8. Radio Procedures
  • 9. Emergency Radio Communications
  • 10. GMDSS
  • 11. EPIRB and SART
  • 12. Satellite Communications

Competency Requirements

The candidate must be able to demonstrate a thorough and complete knowledge of the syllabus and demonstrate the ability to perform the required practical skills correctly.



Exam Policy

A written exam will be administered at end of classroom session. A grade of 70% or higher is required to pass. Should a candidate fail an examination, a re-take exam will be allowed for an additional fee.


  • Course manual
  • Laminated certification card
Tuition and Inclusions $175 pp Includes the course manual, exam fee, laminated certification card. Retake fee $25 Contact us to register for your course .

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