Certificates/Exams

Certificates

Every person who uses a radio communications station in the maritime radio bands has to hold a ship station operator certificate.

There are four types of certificates:

  • VHF used for inland navigation (commercial and pleasure sailing) and for navigation at sea (pleasure sailing).
  • SRC (limited GMDSS certificate) used for pleasure sailing at sea.
  • ROC (GMDSS certificate) mainly intended for a professional use at sea along the coasts.
  • GOC (GMDSS certificate) mainly intended for professional use at sea.

LRC exams are not organised anymore.

The equipment that can be used by certificate holders is covered by the examination regulations.

GMDSS certificates automatically include the VHF certificate.

GMDSS: Global Maritime Distress and Safety System.  

Exams

BIPT is in charge of organising the examinations that give access to operator certificates for ship stations.

VHF

The examinations to obtain the VHF certificate take place on computer in the BIPT offices.

http://registration.bipt.be

  • Access to the examination room is only admitted on presentation of the invitation sent by BIPT.
  • The registration fee for the VHF exam amounts to € 25.00.
  • The registration fee is never refunded. In case of an annulment more than a week before the exam or when a medical certificate is presented, the registration fee can be used for another date.
  • The VHF examination consists of 20 multiple choice questions about the subject matter covered by the "preparation manual for the examination to obtain the radiotelephone operator’s restricted certificate”. To pass the exam one has to score 60%.
  • No exemptions are granted on the subject matter.
  • The examination matter is available in a manual that can be downloaded for free.

If you wish, you can order a printed version of this document. To that end, you only need to:

  1. pay €5 into the IBAN account : BE68-67917078-1634 (BIC : PCHQBEBB) with the mention "VHF Manual".
  2. contact the BIPT Management of Maritime Radio Communications Department via email (bmr@bipt.be) with a copy of the proof of paymentmentioning your name and full adress

GMDSS - SRC

The examinations to obtain the SRC certificate take place on computer at the BIPT offices.

http://registration.bipt.be 

  • Access to the examination room is only admitted on presentation of the invitation sent by BIPT.
  • The registration fee for the SRC exam amounts to € 25.00. The registration fee is never refunded. In case of an annulment more than a week before the exam or when a medical certificate is presented, the registration fee can be used to another date.
  • The SRC examination consists of 33 multiple choice questions (23 SRC and 10 VHF) about the subject matters covered by the examination programme. To pass the exam one has to score 60%.
  • No exemptions are granted on the subject matter.
  • To take this examination, you must have a notification of training attendance organised by an institution recognised by BIPT.
    Please note that this certificate has a validity period of one year. Your certificate will no longer be accepted after that date.

The recognised SRC training centres

GMDSS (ROC and GOC)

The GMDSS exams are organised by BIPT in the centres that give the preparatory training courses. Registration for the GMDSS exam is done by the centre where the training was followed.

The practical exam takes place on the equipment used by the candidate during his training.

The registration fee for the ROC or GOC examination amounts to € 55.00.

The registration fee is never refunded. In case of an annulment more than a week before the exam or when a medical certificate is presented, the registration fee can be used to another date.

To pass the exam a score of 50% for each subject and of 60% in total is needed.

The recognised ROC and GOC training centres