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ROC-M Marine Radio

Now available online

Maritime Radio Course

To operate a VHF or Single Side Band radio in Canada, you must have an ROC-M certificate (Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime) – it’s the law.

The ROC-M certificate allows you to legally operate a VHF or MF/HF radio on recreational vessels (no size restrictions), and small commercial vessels up to 8m on Canadian waters and is valid for life. Certificate is required in all provinces.

The ROC-M course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. Learn about channel frequencies; the phonetic alphabet; procedural words and phrases along with Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

Online Course and Exam on ZOOM

Students must have a strong internet connection, webcam and microphone.

This is a virtual classroom led by an instructor. Students follow along using course materials sent prior to the course date. Course includes the ROC-M exam.

Zoom course invites are emailed to the student prior to course date.

You will be required to show government photo I.D. to the instructor to write the closed-book exam. Student must be visible to the instructor at all times during the exam.

“Thanks for providing such fine instruction, comfortable atmosphere and helpful assurance throughout your course.  I immediately felt at ease and found the experience enlightening and enjoyable. I found everything from top to bottom to be exceptional.”

Ian P., Barrie, Ontario

“I truly enjoyed the course and found it engaging… I have been walking around dropping bits of radio trivia in my wake all day!”

Risha R., Daajing Glids, BC

“You do an excellent job teaching the course… little things I remember you saying during the course helped me with those very close answers.”

Joe M., Guelph, Ontario

“Thank you for extending the course offering to the west coast. Your delivery is top notch.”

Daryl S., BC

Boaters around the world are taking our online ROC-M course: Canada, U.S.A, England, Australia, Croatia, Singapore, Sweden, Norway, Hong Kong, Egypt, Svalbard… and the list is growing!

The ROC-M certificate is a Canadian certification. It is also recongized in other countries. This course teaches international VHF and MF/HF radio procedures and is of benefit to anyone wanting to operate a marine radio anywhere in the world.

Course Materials

Select either a Printed (paper) Study Guide or ePub Guide when registering.

PRINTED STUDY GUIDE: Ships via Canada Post. We require a minimum 10 business days.  Cost: $185 (plus HST)  (Course materials are non-refundable)

ePUB GUIDE: This electronic textbook will be emailed to you following registration (ePUB cannot be printed).  Cost: $175 (plus HST)

(Course materials are non-refundable)

To Register

  • Click on preferred course date below and complete registration
  • Select a Study Guide format (e-guide or printed)
  • Submit payment (Debit, Credit Card, or Paypal)

Online course dates

July 15, 16, 18, 2024

7pm-9pm ET (Toronto time)

3 session course includes exam

Click here to register


Private group courses available

(minimum 8 students required)

Contact us for details.

NOTE: Course start time is Eastern (Ontario).

Please adjust for your province/state/country

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