LRC Course Introduction

The aim of this guide is to assist crew members in obtaining The Long Range Radiotelephone Operator’s Certificate, (LRC). This is the radio operator’s licence required to operate the High, Medium and Very High Frequency (VHF) radio equipment fitted to R.N.L.I. Lifeboats and other vessels that are not required to compulsory fit GMDSS equipment under the SOLAS convention. These vessels are commonly known as non-compliant vessels.

It is essential that you are ready for the course by the time the GMDSS Trainer arrives at your station. The course has been developed in modular form which will allow candidates to study at their own pace, in their own time and in their own environment. Navigate around by using the course module buttons at the bottom of each page.

Each module is subject-specific and ends with a multi-choice question bank. Students are expected to achieve a pass mark of 70% in each module before they can move on.

In order to obtain a certificate of competence, crew members will need to pass the theory exam (based on this material or accompanying manual) and a practical exam during the final session. The GMDSS Trainer will arrange an examiner to attend the final session. The practical exam should take no longer than 20 minutes.

A hardcopy of TRG-6 LRC Guide is available. Acrobat reader is required to view this file, which is pre loaded onto RNLI desktops and most computers.