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Maritime VHF Operator Certificate

Aim: To obtain a working knowledge in the use of a marine VHF radio and an EPIRB. 

Duration: 30 (notional) hours of learning which includes all planned learning activities, including revision and assessment, which lead toward the achievement of the learning outcomes. 

Qualification: Maritime VHF Operator’s Certificate (MVOC).

Unit Standard: The learning outcomes for this course also meet the requirements for NZQA Unit Standard 19491 v3.

Under the Radiocommunications Act 1989, it is a legal requirement that anyone wishing to operate a marine VHF radio holds the appropriate operator’s certificate. For operators of marine VHF radios, the minimum legal operator certification is the Maritime VHF Operator’s Certificate (MVOC).

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This course, which aligns with the syllabus specified by Radio Spectrum Management, covers the general features and functions of a marine VHF radio, procedures and operating techniques for routine calling, correct distress and urgency and safety procedures, pro-words and the phonetic alphabet, trip reports, weather services, EPIRBS and more.

In this MVOC course you will learn how to use a marine VHF radio correctly and with confidence: a must in any emergency. And don't forget that marine VHF radios can be used for receiving weather forecasts, safety information, communicating between boats, or communicating boat to shore.

Note: This course does not include the use of SSB radio. If you are travelling outside New Zealand waters please complete the Maritime Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate course or the Maritime Short Range Operator's Certificate course (Europe) instead.

Important Notice – Covid-19 lockdown update

In the new Covid Protection Framework starting on 3rd December 2021, for NZ area's in RED or ORANGE LIGHT, CBE require a valid Vaccine Pass unless you have an exemption, to attend face to face classroom courses. Please be reassured your tutor will also have a valid Vaccine Pass.

Thank you and stay safe!

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To use your National Coastguard NZ new member discount for $100 off a Day Skipper course, please in put your membership number in the Discount Code field below (e.g. 123456). This discount code may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, and can only be redeemed once. 

To use your National Coastguard NZ 15% membership discount on other selected Home Study courses, input "CGM" and your Coastguard membership number (e.g. CGM78091) into the  "Discount Code" field below. This discount code may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. The courses included in this discount offer are: Day Skipper (Not to be used in conjunction with $100 discount), Boatmaster, Maritime VHF Radio Operator Certificate, Inboard Engine Maintenance, Outboard Engine Maintenance and GPS Operator.

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