Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC) frequently asked questions
- Who does this information apply to?
- What training is required to be completed for the issue of an Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC)?
- Am I required to hold an Aviation English Language Proficiency (AELP) be eligible for the grant of an AROC?
- How do I get a General ELP?
- If I am the holder of a PPL, am I required to obtain an AROC?
- I hold an Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate of Proficiency (AROCOP). What am I required to do?
- Why do I need to provide a certified true copy of my old authorisation if it was issued by CASA?
- Am I required to obtain a GELP or AELP when transitioning my AROCOP?
- What happens if I do not transition?
- Can I convert from overseas FROL to an Australian AROC?
- Anyone considering obtaining an aeronautical radio operator certificate
- Holders of an AROCOP
- Anyone else who needs to transmit on an operational radio frequency
What training is required to be completed for the issue of an Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC)?
Applicants must complete an approved course of training for transmission of radio operations with either:
- a Registered Training Organisation whose scope of registration covers the training for operations of an aeronautical radio
- an approved person under 64.012
- a pilot instructor who holds a training endorsement that authorises the instructor to conduct flight training for a pilot license or flight crew rating.
Am I required to hold an Aviation English Language Proficiency (AELP) be eligible for the grant of an AROC?
No. CASA has made changes to English language proficiency requirements for pilots and aircraft radio operators to make the assessment process less complex, and expand the range of people who can conduct assessments. As of the October 2015, the minimum ELP requirement for the grant of an AROC is General English language proficiency.
You can view the exemption EX 146/15 on our website for more information.
Please refer to the English Language proficiency requirements on our website on how to obtain a General ELP.
The holder of a pilot licence (PPL, MPL, CPL and ATPL) is authorised in accordance with CASR 61.435 to operate an aircraft flight radio.
- a person is authorised to transmit on a radio frequency of a kind used for the purpose of ensuring the safety of air navigation if the person:
- holds a private pilot licence, commercial pilot licence, multi-crew pilot licence or air transport pilot licence; or
- holds a recreational pilot licence with a flight radio endorsement.
I hold an Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate of Proficiency (AROCOP). What am I required to do?
AROCOP ceased as of 1st September 2014, therefore holders of an AROCOP (CAR 83A and CASR 202.304) authorisation are required transition their license to a Part 64 AROC by September 2018.
To apply for a transition of your radio license please complete and submit Form 64-ROC. There will be no charge for the issue of this certificate.
Please ensure you provide a certified true copy of your radio license with your application. For a list of acceptable persons who can certify documents, please visit our website.
Prior to 2005, radio license holders were not required to notify CASA of the issue of an AROCOP. Therefore CASA may not have any record of an authorisation issued to you by a CASA delegate. In order to process your application for a transition of your license, you are required to provide a certified true copy of your authorisation.
Holders of a Flight Radio Telephone Operator Licenses (FROLs) and AROCOPs are exempt from obtaining a GELP or AELP under transitional regulations.
AROCOP holders have until 1st September 2018 to transition their CAR 83A or CASR 202.304 authorisation to a Part 64 AROC. If you do not transition your AROCOP by this date, you can no longer use your authorisation.
To apply for a conversion of an overseas radio operator certificate, Form 64-ROC is required to be completed and submit to CASA. Applicants must ensure they provide a certified true copy of their overseas radio license along with their application.
You must contact the appropriate authority in the country of license issue and provide them with written authorisation to release information to CASA. We will contact the relevant authority to verify your radio license.
The qualification must include a statement to the effect that the person meets ICAO ELP 4, 5 or 6 standards; or obtain a GELP or AELP in Australia.
For more information on Part 64regulations, please refer to CASR Part 64 - Authorisations for non-licensed personnel.