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License Types

Elkins InstituteFCC tests are taken to obtain various commercial radio licenses. The licenses correspond to numerous Elements of testing, with some licenses requiring passage of more than one Element to obtain. The FCC currently issues the following types of commercial operator licenses and endorsements:

 

  • Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit
  • Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit-Limited Use
  • Marine Radio Operator Permit
  • General Radiotelephone Operator License
  • GMDSS Radio Operator's License
  • Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator's License
  • GMDSS Radio Maintainer's License
  • GMDSS Radio Operator/Maintainer License
  • Third Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate
  • Second Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate
  • First Class Radiotelegraph Operator's Certificate
  • Ship Radar Endorsement
  • Six Month Service Endorsement

Discontinued Licenses and Endorsements
The following types of licenses and endorsements are no longer issued:

  • First Class Radiotelephone Operator License
  • Second Class Radiotelephone Operator License
  • Third Class Radiotelephone Operator Permit
  • Broadcast Endorsement
  • Aircraft Radiotelegraph Endorsement

For additional info, go to this link.

License Classes & Descriptions

License Class Elements Required License Class Elements Required

Marine Radio Operator Permit

1

First Class Radiotelegraph Operator

1,5,6

General Radiotelephone Operator License

1,3

GMDSS Radio Operator

1,7

Third Class Radiotelegraph Operator

1,5

GMDSS Radio Maintainer

1,3,9

Second Class Radiotelegraph Operator

1,5,6

Ship Radar Endorsement

8

Descriptions & Passing Scores

Element Questions Min Pass Description

1

24

18

Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar.

3

76

57

General Radiotelephone. Electronic fundamentals and techniques required to adjust, repair and maintain radio transmitters and receivers.

5

50

38

Radiotelegraph operating procedure. Radio operating procedures and practices generally followed or required in communicating by means of radiotelegraph stations.

6

100

75

Advanced Radiotelegraph. Technical, legal, and other matters applicable to the operation of all classes of radiotelegraph stations.

7

76

57

GMDSS Radio Operating Practices. GMDSS radio operating procedures and practices sufficient to show detailed practical knowledge of the operation of all GMDSS sub-systems and equipment. The exam consists of questions from the following categories: general information, narrow band direct printing, INMARSAT, NAVTEX, digital selective calling, and survival craft.

8

50

38

Ship Radar Techniques. Specialized theory and practice applicable to the proper installation, servicing, and maintenance of ship radar equipment in general use for marine navigation purposes.

9

50

38

GMDSS Radio Maintenance Practices and Procedures. Requirements set forth in IMO assembly on Training for Radio Personnel (GMDSS), Annex 5 and IMO Assembly on Radio Maintenance Guidelines for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System related to Sea Areas A3 and A4. The exam consists of questions from the following categories: radio system theory, amplifiers, power sources, troubleshooting, digital theory, and GMDSS equipment and regulations.

Note: If an applicant has an FCC license, not more than 5 years expired, he/she can get credit for the elements already successfully passed, toward another FCC license.

 


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