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Restricted Operator Course Maritime (MarineVHF radio… ROC-M) is required for all boats using DSC (Digital Selective Calling) VHF radios within 25 miles of shore. As long as you do not operate further out, or your vessel is licensed to go no more than 25 nautical Miles offshore, an ROC-M course (one day) course will usually suffice.
The ROC-M certification does not expire, it’s good for life!
If you’re boat has a marine VHF radio, you are required to hold a marine radio certification (ROCM minimum).
ROC-MC is NOT normally required in these cases and not available at Datum Marine at this time. If in doubt, please consult with Internet, Science and Economic Development Canada – Spectrum Management: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/h_sf09937.html.
ROC-M is a one day course and has a maximum capacity of 12 students. Coursework includes proper radio conversation protocol, Digital Selective Calling emergency procedures and information concerning the new GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System).
Exam challenge for ROC-M is not available through Datum Marine Services Ltd.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or call 1-855-655-2628.
Follow this link to download a PDF file to apply for an MMSI number from Industry Canada. Be sure to read carefully to see which form is best for you. Typically small commercial vessels operating without EPIRB and no more than 25 Nautical Miles from shore would look at filling out Annex B because vessel operators are required to have ROC-M and required to have DSC capable VHF radios on board.
Datum Marine does not make decisions or provide legal advice to get through Transport Canada Marine regulations. We try to stay up to date with regulations, and we try to provide courses which are the best fit, but for the final word on what you need for your job as far as certification goes, call your local Transport Canada Marine Safety office.
Small commercial vessel operators typically require SVOP, MED A3, MBFA and ROC-M, which is why we try to provide all four courses, at locations convenient for individuals and groups.