About the Study Guide

This Online Study Guide has been approved by Transport Canada strictly on the basis that it meets the requirements of the Standard for Pleasure Craft Operator Card Testing over the Internet (TP 15080E) and the Boating Safety Course and Test Syllabus (TP 14932E). This approval does not represent confirmation of authorship by the course provider. Feel free to look around, but you’ll need to register to begin progress toward getting your Pleasure Craft Operator Card

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VHF marine radios are increasingly popular with boaters for good reasons.

  • They save lives and are easy to use.
  • They are more effective for marine communications than CB radios or cell phones. VHF radios have more consistent reception than cell phones.
  • They withstand rough weather.
  • Boat-mounted radios are wired to the boat’s battery.
  • The source of a VHF signal can be located so that you can be found even in fog.

As required by the Radio Communications Act, all VHF marine radio operators, including those operating handheld radios, must have a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) [ROC(M)]. The Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons (CPS) handle all of the training and testing for Industry Canada. For more information about ROC(M) courses available in your area, contact the CPS.

Restricted Operator's Certificate