Many clients have been obtaining their VHF Operator’s Certificate.
One question often asked is “When is a VHF Operator’s Certificate required?”
Here is the answer:
Anyone operating a fixed or portable marine radio aboard a boat is required by law to have a Restricted Operator’s Certificate (Maritime).
Note: Operating a VHF radio without an operator’s certificate may result in a fine.
Anyone may use the VHF radio in an emergency, however, if you are not certified, will you know the correct procedures?
A ship station license is not required if you are only boating in Canadian waters. When boating in foreign waters such as the USA, a ship station license is required. You can obtain a ship station license from Industry Canada.
A Ship Station License is also known as a Mobile Station License.