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Revised Commercial Operator License Element 9 Question Pool Approved

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Released: April 3, 2013

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DA 13-597
Released: April 3, 2013



WT Docket No. 12-372

On December 21, 2012, the Mobility Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
released a Public Notice inviting parties to file comments regarding a proposed revision of the
Commercial Operator License Examination (COLE) question pool for Element 9 (Global Maritime
Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Maintainer License). The proposed updated question pool was
submitted by Mr. Owen Anderson. No party commented on the proposed revisions.
We have reviewed the record and find that the adoption of the new question pools is appropriate
and would promote efficient and effective COLE administrations. In this regard, we conclude that
adoption of the updated question pool for Element 9 is warranted because it reflects state-of-the-art
technologies and the current duties and responsibilities of commercial radio operator licensees.
Entities administering COLEs may begin using the new question pool immediately, or may
continue to use the old questions for a period of six months following the release date of this Public
. After that date, only the new question pool may be used.

The new question pool can be obtained from the Commission's Web site, at, and can be obtained from Best
Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th St., S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554,
telephone (800) 378-3160, facsimile (202) 488-5563, TTY (202) 488-5562, email

For further information, contact Ghassan Khalek of the Mobility Division, Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau at (202) 418-0680, TTY (202) 418-7233, or via email to
By the Deputy Chief, Mobility, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.

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