Marine Radio SRC Course and Exam

A course and exam for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio either fixed or hand held.

Required experience

Minimum duration
10 hours plus exam time. The exam will always be classroom based but the course can be taken in the classroom or online.

Minimum age

Basics of radio operation, frequencies, distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures, making ship to shore telephone calls, Digital Selective Calling, Global Maritime Distress Safety System

Certificate issuing criteria
To be able to operate the radio and know the procedures required to use the radio.

Can be taken in the classroom or online but for now we only offer it online in RYA Interactive. The exam will take place in the classroom.

When you book the course, you will receive the RYA VHF Handbook and the access details for the interactive course. Once you’re logged in you will be prompted to change your password, accept the site terms and conditions and complete your profile. You then have 180 days to study and progress through the course until you complete all the modules. There are seven modules followed by a number of practice scenarios so you can gain further experience in a variety of situations. You can work through these as many times as you like. When you have completed them, the pre-exam knowledge check will be available to you.

This course, comprising the training modules, pre-exam knowledge check and the RYA VHF Handbook, allows you to work through the training at your own speed. This is in preparation for your exam at the training centre - the final step towards gaining your Marine Radio Short Range Certificate.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your assigned instructor.

The exam
SRC exams consist of a written theory exam and assessment in the practical use of marine VHF radios.
The exam is to be booked directly with the RYA. If you intend to book a SRC exam please follow the procedure described in details on this RYA webpage.

Course Price:150 EUR.  Please be aware the course fee does not include the exam/licence fee - this is an addtional £70 payable directly to the RYA.