Radio Operator's Certificate of Competence

Guidance on applying for an Radio Operator's Certificate of Competence to provide an Air Ground Communication Service

A Radio Operator's Certificate of Competence (ROCC) is required to operate an aeronautical radio station for the purpose of providing an Air Ground Communication Service (AGCS), and a service to aircraft or parachutists within parachute drop zones.

 Additionally, it is required to be held by offshore radio operators, Helideck Landing Officers (HLO), Helideck assistants, crews of Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels (ERRV) and persons on other support or supply vessels who are required to operate VHF aeronautical radio equipment within UK Offshore waters and who provide an Offshore Communication Service.

The Radio Operator's Certificate should not be confused with the Flight Radiotelephony Operator's Licence (FRTOL) which is required to be held by those persons operating VHF aeronautical radio equipment in UK registered aircraft.

If you are the person or representative of an organisation who will be responsible for the operation of an Aeronautical Radio Station in the UK you will need to apply to the CAA for a Wireless Telegraphy Act Licence and an Air Navigation Order (ANO) Approval from the appropriate CAA Regional Office. Further information regarding the requirements for the operation of Aeronautical Radio Stations can also be found on the ATS Requirements Overview pages.

If you require further information or have any queries concerning the ROCC, please contact the CAA at +44 (0) 1293 573700 or e-mail ats.licensing@caa.co.uk.