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MROP - Marine Radio Operator Permit (MP) Test

The Marine Radio Operator Permit (MP) license is required to operate radiotelephone stations aboard vessels of more than 300 gross tons and vessels that carry more than six passengers for hire in the open sea or any tidewater area of the US. This license enables mariners to operate radiotelephone stations aboard certain vessels that sail the Great Lakes. MPs are required to operate certain aviation radiotelephone stations and certain coast radiotelephone stations. An MP is issued for the holder’s lifetime, and with the option to take your test online, starting your lifelong adventure as a marine radio operator is unbelievably convenient.

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Mariners Learning System makes it easy to take your MROP - Marine Radio Operator Permit (MP) test online in the comfort of your home, while you’re on-the-go, and even on the water! Take your FCC Element 1 test online through MLS. Soon, you’ll be able to operate radiotelephone stations aboard vessels of more than 300 gross tons and vessels that carry more than six passengers for hire.

Not ready to take the test yet? We also offer an MROP online course.

What You Get

With your purchase, you get one FCC Element 1 exam to be taken online or at a test center. The maximum testing time is one hour.

For all FCC Element examinations, you will be notified via email of your test results within three business days of taking your exam.

When you pass your MP exam, Mariners Learning System electronically files your FCC exam results on your behalf.

License Requirements

To qualify for an MROP license, you must:

  • Be a legal resident of (or otherwise eligible for employment in) the United States.

  • Be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English.

  • Pass a written exam as described under the Test Info tab.

Test Info

To obtain an FCC Commercial Operator License, applicants must pass written Elements as illustrated in the following table:

test info table

Written Examination Elements for the MROP

Element 1

Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime radio operator should be familiar. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 18 out of 24 questions.

Online Testing System Requirements

  • You must take the exam on a desktop computer or laptop (not a tablet ex: Chromebook)

  • You must have a working built-in or external webcam and microphone

  • Your Internet speed must be at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload. Determine your Internet speed by running a test at:

Room/Space preparations:

  • The lighting in the room must be bright enough so that your face and eyes can be seen throughout the duration of the exam.

  • Your desk/workspace must be completely cleared of all papers, books, and reference materials. In addition, please clear the entire room (including walls and bookshelves) of any materials that could be considered reference materials. Any suspect items seen during the initial room scan by your proctor will be flagged.

Ensure you adhere to the rules during your exam.

  • You MUST provide your valid government issued photo ID when requested.

  • You MUST remain directly in front of your webcam for the duration of the exam.

  • You MUST NOT have anyone else in the room with you for the duration of your exam.

  • You MUST NOT interact or communicate with anyone by any means while testing.

  • You MUST NOT use any other electronic devices (phone, ipod, headphones, MP3 player, another computer, etc.) while taking the exam.

  • Reference materials (papers, pens, books, study guides, e-mails, website, etc.) MUST NOT be used while testing.

  • You MUST NOT use any mobile device or have any mobile device within your eyesight during the exam.

  • You MUST NOT access other websites or applications on the computer while testing.

  • You MUST NOT intentionally disable internet connection while testing.

*Violation of any these rules will be flagged during your exam by the web proctor, and your exam WILL be marked as a FAIL, you will not be eligible for a refund and WILL be banned from re-taking the exam with Mariners Learning System.