Restricted Operators Certificate (Marine)

Hands on experince with actual working VHF/DSC simulators.
Hands on experince with actual working VHF/DSC simulators.

The ROC(M), Restricted Operators Certificate (Marine), is a Canadian Federal government issued certificate that allows you to operate a marine VHF radio.

The ROC(M) is required by anyone using a marine VHF radio or other marine radios (each person on the boat who will use the radio needs their own card)  There are significant fines if you are found using a VHF or marine radio without your card.

In addition, if you received your ROC(M) card before the new Digital Selective Calling was introduced, then you are encouraged to return and get your DSC endorsement for your ROC card.

All new VHF radios are now being sold with a DSC function that will greatly enhance rescue personnel’s ability to assist you in an emergency. Understanding this technology and how to operate it can, in some circumstances, means the difference between life and death.

This complete package will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam at the end of the class.

Our next course will be announced once the COVID-19 is under control.  The exam will follow immediately after the material is reviewed. Class will start at 9 am and depending on the number of students, the day will likely wrap up around 4 pm. Students must learn their phonetic alphabet and read the course material before attending the class. Course material will be available for pick-up prior to the course date.

To register email the following info to

Student name, address, email address, phone number, birthdate (birthdate is required by Industry Canada for the license.)

Fees for a printed text book are $112 for CPS members, $140 for non-members.  E-books are available for $94.40 members, $118 non-members.  Please note, e-books can not be printed.  Fees can be sent by e-transfer to  Password – radio- or you can make arrangements to pay by cash or cheque.

For more information please email or call Charles at 250-334-0225.


Links to important VHF/DSC radio documents: