Restricted Radio Operator's Certificate (Maritime) ROC(M)
Anyone operating a fixed or portable
marine radio in a pleasure boat is required by law to have a Restricted Operator's Certificate
Note: Operating a VHF radio without an operator's certificate may result in a
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has delegated the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS) the authority to issue the
As a Recognized Examiner I am qualified to teach
and examine this certificate. Users can obtain the Restricted Operator's Certificate (Maritime) by taking the
Maritime Radio home-study course. After studying the manual you will need to make an appointment with me to
write the exam. We have the new manuals in stock.
The Study Guide for the Restricted Operator's Certificate (RIC-23) from
Industry Canada is now obsolete. The new manual, 2019, has been re-written and includes
additional information which deals with Digital Selective Calling (DSC). A DSC radio may be identified
by a red DISTRESS button under a protective cap.
To obtain the MMSI number to use the DSC
The new exam for the Radio Operator's Certificate (ROC-M) includes the DSC
The manual, 102 pages, comes with
an online study guide which includes a video of a simulated distress situation, a VHF simulator which
allows you to familiarize yourself with the operational concepts of a DSC radio, exercises to assist you in
learning the phonetic alphabet, audio tracks of various procedures and two practise exams which are similar to
the final exam.
The course manual may be studied at your own pace and then you need to appear before
an examiner to complete the certification.
Provides the knowledge you need to operate your VHF radio
Teaches you the emergency procedures
Teaches the phonetic alphabet and proper operating phrases
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The manual, study guide and exam are $140 plus 5% GST.
For a second person sharing the manual, the fee is $110 plus GST which includes the exam and the
Shipping is $20
An electronic version of the manual, an ePub, is now available. Cost is $130
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A waterproof handheld VHF is a good
backup for your onboard radio and can be used in your dinghy or kayak. Standard Horizon has
a handheld (HX850S) which floats and includes a GPS. See HX850S
This is the radio I use. Because it has a
GPS, you are able to use all the Digital Selective Calling (DSC) features. One of our students has purchased
this radio to use while she is employed as a kayak guide.
Newer model is