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Maritime VHF Radio Operator Certificate   (6 hours)

Aim: To learn correct Marine VHF Radio Operation. The minimum legal requirement to operate a marine radio.

Course Content: Routine operation, safety, distress and urgency.

Qualification: Marine VHF Radio Operator Certificate qualification.  Unit Standard 19491 available. Those looking to get a commercial skipper qualification, use an SSB radio or use a VHF Radio overseas might be interested in more information here.

1. Routine Operation
          Common features & functions 
          Pro-words & phonetic alphabet 
          Call signs & channel allocation

 2. Safety 
          Trip reports 
          Weather information 

3. Distress & Urgency 
          "Mayday" & "Pan" calls 
          EPIRB and SAR

The Marine VHF Radio Operator assessment is only available within New Zealand.

Why it is important to use a Marine VHF Radio:

  • To communicate distress immediately
  • Continuous contact with search and rescue nationwide
  • To hear other boaties in distress
  • To get regular weather updates
  • A cell phone lets you talk to one person, a VHF lets you talk to many people
  • It could save your life in an emergency 


Member Discounts 

Are you a Coastguard Member? Coastguard Members get 15% off our most popular classroom based courses, including the VHF Radio Operator Certificate course.

Not a Coastguard Member yet? Join here and get an introductory $100 off the Day Skipper course, as well as 15% off our other popular courses, including VHF Radio Operator and Boatmaster.

Book a VHF Radio Operator Certificate course

For further information on VHF Radio Operator courses, email the Education team at, call 0800 BOATIE (262 843) or click here to book now.


Last updated: 22 Jan 2020