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As one of only nine COLEMs in the nation, ETA offers all of the FCC commercial radio license exams. You can take any of these tests from our many ETA-approved test sites. You may also take any of these tests online through ETA's Trapeza online testing site (a Certification Administrator will still be required to proctor the exam). The Montgomery GI Bill also covers FCC exams for reimbursement for qualified military personnel. Commercial FCC license exams are now lifetime exams.

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  • The 1st, 2nd and 3rd class Radiotelegraph Operator Certificates will no longer be issued. The 1st and 2nd will be renewed as the Radiotelegraph Operator License. The 3rd class will be renewed as the Marine Radio Operator Permit. These new licenses will be lifetime. This will take effect May 20, 2013.

  • The FCC has released two new question pools for the Element 7 and Element 7 Restricted. The old pools can be used until June 10, 2013. For more information -please
    read the press release.

  • The new Element 9 question pool date of effectiveness is October 3, 2013.

  • FCC Commercial Radio License Alert!

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ETA currently offers the following tests:

Marine Radio Operator Permit (MROP) - Element 1
Required to operate radiotelephone stations aboard certain vessels that sail the Great Lakes. MROPs are also required to operate radiotelephone stations aboard vessels of more than 300 gross tons and for vessels which carry more than 6 passengers for hire in the open sea or any tidewater area of the United States. The MROP is required to operate certain aviation radiotelephone stations and certain coast radiotelephone stations.

General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL) - Elements 1 & 3
Required to adjust, maintain, or internally repair FCC licensed radiotelephone transmitters in aviation, maritime, and international fixed public radio services. This license also conveys the operating authority of the MROP. The GROL is required to operate maritime land radio stations and voluntarily equipped ship and aeronautical stations.

Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Restricted (GMDSS) - Elements 1 & 7 (Restricted)
This is a voluntary license for recreational craft and fishing boats in inshore waters. This license authorizes operation of the GMDSS radio function technology.

Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Operator (GMDSS) - Elements 1 & 7
Qualifies personnel as Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) radio operators for the purposes of operating GDMSS radio installations, including some basic equipment adjustments. This license also confers the operating authority of the MROP.

Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Maintainer (GMDSS) - Elements 1, 3 & 9
Qualifies personnel as Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) radio maintainers to perform at-sea repair and maintenance of GMDSS equipment. This license also confers the operating authority of the GROL and MROP.

T-Radiotelegraph Certificate

The T authorizes the holder to operate, repair, and maintain ship stations, and to repair and maintain coast radiotelegraph stations in the maritime services. It also confers all of the operating authority of a T2. The T-Radiotelegraph certificate is issued for the holder's lifetime.

Ship Radar Endorsement - Element 8
Only persons whose commercial radio operator license bears this endorsement may repair, maintain, or internally adjust ship radar equipment. To qualify, you must hold or qualify for a GROL, GMDSS, T1 or T2, as well as pass the radar written examination.

Rollover your FCC licenses to ETA certifications:
GROL + Associate CET to WCM
Element 8 + Associate CET to RADAR

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