Aircraft Radio Operators Certificate (AROC)

Aircraft Radio Operators Certificate (AROC)

Need to get your aeronautical radio operators (AROC) certificate? AROC is a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) license that allows you to transmit on an operational radio frequency and communicate ground-to-air. This is particularly useful for RPAS pilots and crew members to heighten safety/ situational awareness and to communicate with other aircraft whilst undertaking operations within the aviation environment. This license is great for RPAS/ drone pilots, payload operators, spotters and RPAS team supervisors. This one day training course is for anyone who is required (or wants) to hold an AROC.

Course Overview

Course Length

1 day


Aviation Reference Number (ARN)


Aircraft Radio Operators Certificate (CASA licensed outcome)

Course Locations

Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle

Course content will include:

• Privileges of AROC
• Use/ operation of an Airband radio
• Characteristics of radio waves
• Responsibilities of radio telephone operator
• Phraseology and phonetics
• How to make radio calls/ broadcasts
• Emergency Radio procedures


The price of this course is $450.
This includes all fees including CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) fees relating to the certificate (this price is for students who can fulfill the GELP requirements or have an ELP). If an ELP interview is required in order to complete AROC, it will attract a $150 fee.

GELP/ELP Explained

AROC (aeronautical radio operators certificate) requires proof that the student has sufficient level (6) English to conduct clear radio calls.

This can be done via two different options:

• GELP (General English Language Proficiency)

This way requires the student to provide certified documentary evidence that meet CASA requirements:

– Completed or still attending secondary school education in Australia/NZ or other country in English medium (supporting documentation example: confirmation letter from school)

– Worked three of the last five years in Australia/NZ or specified country (supporting documentation example: letter of confirmation from employer, group certificates)

– Met general English test criteria as outlined in CASR Part 61 Manual of Standard (IELTS, TOEIC-SP or TOEFL)

– Sighted evidence they have completed a CASA approved General English Language Training Course


– A statutory declaration which states the applicant is unable to provide acceptable documentary evidence and includes details on how the applicant meets the education or work history standard.

If the student is not able to provide acceptable documentary evidence an ELP is required:

• ELP (English Language Proficiency)

This is a formal/recorded interview of about 10-15 minutes to assess the students english speaking skills.

If you can satisfy the GELP requirements, ELP is not required in order to obtain your aeronautical radio operator certificate. Note, $150 is charged of ELP needs to be conducted by one of our instructors.

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