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).

Due to COVID-19, classroom instruction is not available at this time.

However,  on-line learning is being made available to those wishing to take the course.   Click here for more detail about the course and scroll to ‘Comox’.

To register email the following info to

Fee for the complete course is $150.00. This includes an E-book, exam, and your certificate (which is valid for life). Please note, e-books can not be printed. however you can purchase your own copy through the above email address for a cost of $75.00. 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.


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