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Certificates of competency in radio communication: Boating and navigation

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide
  • Public service

FICORA organises all examinations in maritime radio communication and issues related certificates of competency in Finland. A certificate of competency is issued after successfully passing a specific examination.

Using a marine VHF radiotelephone on board a vessel requires a Short Range Certificate (SCR). Using marine MF or HF frequencies requires a Long Range Certificate (LRC). If a professional vessel is equipped with a GMDSS station, the radio station operator of the vessel shall hold a GMDSS certificate (GOC or ROC).

A certificate of competency is issued on application. The applicant shall already hold a GOC or ROC. A person applying for a certificate of competency shall demonstrate competency as required in the STCW Convention (STCW = International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers).

Do the following

For more information about registration for examinations, examination locations and applications for certificates, contact FICORA.

To whom and on what terms

A fee is charged for the service.


Period of validity

Majority of the certificates are valid until further notice.

Basic information

The service is provided byThe Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom
Responsible for the serviceThe Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom
Area Whole Finland
Available languagesEnglish, Finnish, Swedish
Text edited by: The Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom
Updated: 2/11/2020