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Aeronautical Radio Operator 

Certificate (AROC) Course

Unlike other training schools, we are real drone pilots with real-world experience. Learn about the rules for operating on aeronautical radio frequencies and the Part 64 Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC).

If you want to fly your drone commercially in airspace shared with manned aircraft you need to hold an AROC.

Online Learning

Learn in your own time, online at your own pace. Our team is here to assist you along the way should you need it.

ELP Included

We include the English Language Proficiency test with the course. There are no hidden fees.

Finance Available

We have partnerships with Openpay and Zip Money to fund your course. Talk to us about interest free options.

Tutoring Available

While most learn well online, some need one-on-one tutoring. Ask us about private training.



If you want to know more our team of UAV specialists are ready to take your call and answer your questions.

Who needs an AROC

Helicopter Hoist Crew 

Required for the pilot, aircrewmen, rescue crewmen, doctor, paramedic for standard rescue operations.

Rescue Swimmers

The best method of communication as a back-up to standard Rescue Swimmer hand signals.


In order to load, secure and unload freight for air transport you will operate an aeronautical radio.


Operating aeronautical radios is a common practice across in Emergency Services including SES and Surf Lifesaving


Required for air traffic controllers and airport ground crew to direct aircraft on the ground and through controlled airspace.

UAV Pilots

Sometimes UAV pilots need to get in touch with manned aircraft to declare intentions in the same airspace.

Landing Officers

Required for personnel working offshore who are responsible for the duties of Helicopter Landing Officer.

Landing Zone Coordinators

As the helicopter begins a descent, the landing zone coordinator should provide assistance by radio contact.

About The Course

The Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate Course is designed to provide aviation radiotelephone knowledge, techniques and qualifications for manned aircraft pilots, non-pilot flightcrew. This includes helicopter hoist operator aircrew, rescue swimmers and loadmasters. Drone/UAV pilots operating in restricted airspace or near helicopter landing zones. Many emergency services personnel such as police, fire, ambulance within emergency services can be required to hold the licence. Helicopter landing officers and landing zone coordinators for remote and offshore landing zones require the licence. Lastly, and most importantly, airports and airlines ground crew. With the AROC licence you will be legally allowed to communicate via VHF airband radio during your normal course of duties and tasks within the aviation environment.

Successful graduates of the AROC course are awarded and issued a CASA Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate which can be used to demonstrate competency in other regions worldwide to attain a local radio operator license.

Do you have your aviation referencenumber yet?

An aviation reference number (ARN) is similar to an account or customer number. You will need an ARN if you hold, or intend to hold, any licence, permission or authorisation with us.

Only one ARN will be issued for each legal entity. An ARN will not be issued to business names, consortiums or partnerships.




Per student

Self-paced online study 

Closed-book exam






Per student

Self-paced online study 

Closed-book exam 

ELP included 

Perfect for RPAS pilots





Per student

Self-paced online study

Closed-book exam 

AELP included 

Closed-book exam 

Best for air crew members

Best for ground crew members

Smarter Online Learning


We've created a new portal to make it easier

Enjoy learning from anywhere, anytime! Our brand new online learning portal brings our specialised AROC training course to life together with our on-going support and guidance. Study at your own convenience and prepare with practice exams.


Conducted monthly by an invigilator

The AROC exam is a 90 minute closed-book exam conducted in each capital city across Australia. The exam is held on the last Friday of each month. There will be an invigilator onsite to supervise. Students requiring an ELP or AELP will conduct testing over a video call with our certified assessor.


Delivered directly to your door

Allow 5 business days for your exam to be marked. Your application will then be sent to CASA by us. Your AROC will be posted direct to you by CASA.

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Can I Finance My Course?

With zipMoney it's easy! Simply select zipMoney at checkout and zip will take care of everything. Then at the beginning of the month, they will send you a summary (called a "statement") of what you spent and what you paid in the month. You can then pay it back in full at the end of the month or pay over time from as little as $40 a month, interest free.

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