Radio Operator’s Certificate of Competence (ROCC)

The term Radio Operator’s Certificate of Competence (ROCC) is used to describe the CAA Air Ground Communication Service (AGCS) and Offshore Communication Service (OCS) .

In the UK Ofcom are the official custodians of  frequencies used for Civil Aviation VHF frequencies  Ofcom delegate responsibility for training and licensing of operators to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The CAA recognise three levels of ground to air radio service/license. The highest level is air traffic control (ATC), then flight information service (FISO) and thirdly the much more basic air-ground radio (AGCS).   The AGCS Radio Operator’s Certificate is required to be held by anyone who operates VHF aeronautical radio equipment in Aeronautical Radio Stations providing an AGCS at an aerodrome, or other location, in the UK. Obtaining this licence involves passing both a written examination and practical test.

What does the course involve?…

CAMFLIGHT provides training towards the CAA AGCS written examination and practical test and provide the examiner to conduct the examination and test at Earls Colne airfield on as necessary basis.

The course will coverall the topics required for successful completion of the written examination and practical test. Guidance on the required syllabus can be found in CAP 452 and the sections of  CAP 413 Radiotelephony Manual relevant to the air ground radio service.


You can apply for a Radio Operator’s Certificate of Competence if you:

  • Are 18 years of age
  • Have completed the appropriate written examination  and practical test.

If you hold the following aeronautical qualifications you may apply directly for a Radio Operator’s Certificate of Competence (ROCC) for the provision of an AGCS without having to take the written and practical radiotelephony examinations:

  • UK CAA Air Traffic Controller’s licence with a current Unit Endorsement
  • UK CAA Flight Information Service Officer’s licence with a current validation at an aerodrome or area control centre
  • ATC Certificate of Competence issued to a member of HM Forces with a current unit validation

No medical certificate is required in order for the holder of an ROCC to operate an aeronautical radio station

More information about the qualification itself can be found on the UK CAA Website


CAMFLIGHT one-day ROCC courses are conducted at Earls Colne airfield, for just £250.00 pp.

This price includes one day of training/tution and one attempt at both the written examination  and practical test with Arwyn Jones our in-house authorised examiner.

Any additional training will be charged at our standard rate of £35.00 per hour and further attempts at the written and practical tests will be charged separately.

Discounts are available for courses of more than one individual – please contact us for an individual quotation.

If you do not require a complete course of training, we can offer both refresher courses at our standard rate of £35.00 per hour and stand-alone testing. Please contact us discuss your requirements.

What do I need to include with my application?

Application form SRG 1413 with the relevant sections completed by the applicant and examiner.

The Relevant fee

The written examination papers

Certified copy of your Identification ( A CAA Authorised ROCC Examiner can act as a certifier)

Copies of qualifying exemption paperwork (if applicable)

How do I apply?

If you are applying for the grant of an ROCC for the provision of an Air Ground Communications Service (AGCS), Offshore Communications Service (OCS), or Parachute please complete the appropriate sections of Form SRG 1413 Application for Radio Operator’s Certificate of Competence.

Once you have completed the application form, this will need to be submitted via post with the appropriate supporting documents.


  • The assessment of your application is completed by a Licensing Assistant or Officer
  • Following an acceptable assessment the certificate is then processed, signed and dispatched to the correspondence address.
  • We will contact you or the examiner if we have any queries regarding your application and may keep your application pending awaiting any additional documentation to be submitted.
  • A refund fee may be charged if the assessment results in the rejection of your application.  This will also be applied if you choose to cancel your application.