Frequently asked questions

Restricted Operator Certificate-Aeronautical (ROC-A)

  1. I am interested in obtaining a Restricted Operator Certificate-Aeronautical (ROC-A). How can I prepare myself for the exam and where can it be administered? Also, is there an associated cost for the examination?
  2. I urgently require a copy of a certificate after writing my examination; can I be issued a temporary certificate?
  3. I would like to apply to become an accredited Restricted Operator Certificate-Aeronautical (ROC-A) examiner in order to administer and mark exams on behalf of my employer. What procedure must I follow?
  4. I lost my Restricted Operator Certificate-Aeronautical (ROC-A) and would like a new copy. How do I go about getting a copy mailed to me? Is there a fee?

General Operator Certificate (GOC)

  1. My General Operator Certificate (GOC) is about to expire, how do I renew it?
  2. I have lost my General Operator Certificate (GOC), what do I do?
  3. I am interested in obtaining my General Operator Certificate (GOC). Where can I find a list of accredited institutions that offer this training?

Restricted Operator Certificate-Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC)

  1. I have an ROC-MC and now own a pleasure craft. Do I require a Restricted Operator Certificate-Maritime (ROC-M) to operate the marine radio aboard my pleasure craft?
  2. I am interested in obtaining the Restricted Operator Certificate-Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC). Where can I find a list of accredited institutions that offer this training?
  3. I lost my Restricted Operator Certificate-Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC) and would like a new copy. How do I go about getting a copy mailed to me? Is there a fee?

Marine Radio Service: General information

  1. Does the Radio Operator Certificate Service Centre (ROCSC) issue the Restricted Operator Certificate-Maritime (ROC-M)?
  2. I have a marine radio installed on my pleasure craft; do I require a Radio Operator’s Certificate in order to use it?

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Restricted Operator Certificate-Aeronautical (ROC-A)

  1. I am interested in taking the Restricted Operator Certificate-Aeronautical (ROC-A) examination?  How can I prepare myself for the exam and where can it be administered?  Also, is there an associated cost for the examination?

    In order to prepare for the ROC-A examination, it is recommended that you study the document RIC-21: Study guide for the restricted operator certificate with aeronautical qualification (ROC-A). You can locate an examiner in your area from the Examiner search page. The ROC-A examination may consist of written, practical, and oral exercises. No fees will be levied by Accredited Examiners on behalf of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada for administering the ROC-A examination. However, examiners may charge a fee in order to recover their cost of administering an examination.

  2. I urgently require a copy of a certificate after writing my examination, can I be issued a temporary certificate?

    Accredited Examiners are not authorized to issue temporary certificates. Candidates with an urgent requirement for the issuance of a certificate may ask the Accredited Examiner to Contact the Radio Operator Certificate Service Centre (ROCSC) and request that the issuance of their certificate be expedited. Provided there is a legitimate reason for this urgent request and that it is operationally feasible, the certificate will be produced expediently.

  3. I would like to apply to become an accredited Restricted Operator Certificate-Aeronautical (ROC-A) examiner in order to administer and mark exams on behalf of my employer. What procedure must I follow?

    To become an Accredited Examiner you must hold an ROC-A. The document RIC-20: Guide for examiners conducting examinations for the radiotelephone operator's restricted certificate (Aeronautical) provides the information required to prepare and submit an application. Candidates must complete and submit the application form provided in the document, or the online service "Apply for examiner accreditation" on the Accredited Examiners page.

    You will then be contacted by a Spectrum Management Officer to schedule a briefing session. Please review the document, RIC-20 as well as RIC-21: Study Guide for the Restricted Operator Certificate With Aeronautical Qualification (ROC-A) before your briefing. Once your briefing session is completed and the officer has approved you as an Accredited Examiner, you will receive an examiner package and authorization letter from the Radio Operator Certificate Service Centre (ROCSC).

  4. I lost my Restricted Operator Certificate - Aeronautical (ROC-A) and would like a new copy. How do I go about getting a copy mailed to me? Is there a fee?

    You may submit a request to have your certificate reprinted to the Radio Operator Certificate Service Centre (ROCSC) via email, telephone or the web service "Request a Certificate Reprint" on the Professional Radio Operators Services page (If you have not already created a user account you can do so from the My Account page). There is no fee for replacing your certificate.

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General Operator Certificate (GOC)

  1. My General Operator Certificate (GOC) is about to expire, how do I renew it?

    A GOC may be renewed within subsequent 5 year periods. For information regarding the renewal of your certificate, please refer to section 4.3.6 of the document RIC-16: Professional Radio Operator Certificates.

  2. I have lost my GOC, what do I do?

    Please contact the Radio Operator Certificate Service Centre (ROCSC). To obtain a replacement GOC, we will require a copy of Government issued, photo ID with name, date of birth and mailing address. There is no fee for the replacement of a certificate.

  3. I am interested in obtaining my General Operator Certificate (GOC).  Where can I find a list of accredited institutions that offer this training?

    A list of accredited institutions for the training and examination of candidates for the GOC is provided in Annex A of the document RIC-26 : Syllabus for the General Operator Certificate (GOC).

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Restricted Operator Certificate-Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC)

  1. I have an ROC-MC and now own a pleasure craft. Do I require a Restricted Operator Certificate-Maritime (ROC-M) to operate the marine radio aboard my pleasure craft?

    An ROC-MC is also a valid certificate for the operation of a marine radio installed on a pleasure craft.

  2. I am interested in obtaining the Restricted Operator Certificate-Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC). Where can I find a list of accredited institutions that offer this training?

    A list of accredited institutions for the training and examination of candidates for the ROC-MC is provided in Annex A of the document RIC-25: Syllabus for the Restricted Operator's Certificate-Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC).

  3. I lost my Restricted Operator Certificate-Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC) and would like a new copy. How do I go about getting a copy mailed to me? Is there a fee?

    Please contact the Radio Operator Certificate Service Centre (ROCSC) via email, telephone or through the Professional Radio Operators Services page (If you have not already created a user account to use this page, you can do so from the My Account page). We will require a copy of Government issued, photo ID with name, date of birth and mailing address. There is no fee for the replacement of a certificate.

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Marine Radio Service: General information

  1. Does the Radio Operator Certificate Service Centre (ROCSC) issue the Restricted Operator Certificate-Maritime (ROC-M)?

    The ROCSC does not issue or replace the ROC-M. The Minister has delegated the authority to issue or to amend the ROC-M to the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron (CPS). You may contact CPS via their website Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS).

  2. I have a marine radio installed on my pleasure craft; do I require a Radio Operator’s Certificate in order to use it?

    The operation of a marine radio in Canada requires the possession of at least a Restricted Operator Certificate-Maritime (ROC-M).

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