The minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel.
- Study at your own pace
- Online course with on-site final exam
- £65 plus £50 exam fee
The RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC). It is obtained by successfully completing and SRC exam conducted at an RYA Recognised Training Centre.
Most candidates are required to complete an RYA SRC course prior to taking the exam, therefore the majority of exams take place after marine radio SRC courses. When booking a SRC course the RYA training centre will give you details of the time and location for the exam.
The SRC course may be taken in a classroom or online through an RYA Recognised Training Centre.
There is no age limit for taking the SRC course although exam candidates must be 16 years old on the day of the exam.
Course subjects include:
- routine operation of marine VHF radio including Digital Selective Calling
- the correct VHF channels (frequencies) to be used for each type of communication
- distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
- ship to shore communication
- practical use of Marine VHF DSC radios
- Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
- Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
- Search and Rescue Transponders (SART)
You will be sent via the 1st Class Post the RYA VHF Handbook – to help you with your course, and for future reference.
The exam is a combination of a written theory test and practical assessment in the use of Marine VHF DSC radios. Candidates must be 16 years old or over on the day of the exam.
Once you have completed the SRC training course you will be eligable to take the exam (if over 16 yrs old). The exam fee is £60 which gets paid directly to the RYA – and an appointment can be booked to take your exam at Preston Marina.
For this course you will need:
- Internet connection (broadband or 3G). Charges may apply for 3G.
- Microphone and speakers/headphones.
- Pop-ups enabled
BOOK THE ONLINE VHF (SRC) COURSE HERE £65
(+£2.50 postage for the course book)
Try before you buy
We strongly recommend trying the SRC Taster Course before buying the full course to check that it will work on your device.
Important Note – Exam & Certificate Payment
Before candidates can take their VHF / SRC exam they must pre-pay the £60 exam and licencing fee to the RYA.
The link below takes you to the RYA’s secure page for making this payment. Once payment has been made please print out your unique “Exam Voucher” which you must bring with you on the day of your course and/or exam.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE USE OF DATA
To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in www.ryainteractive.org. This learning management website is hosted and maintained by a third party called Learning Pool, who will not use your personal information for any reason other than enabling your course.
Your name and email address will be entered on www.ryainteractive.org in order to create your user account. On your first access to the site, you will be asked to enter your address and date of birth. You will have access to the site for one year in order to complete your online course. During this period, your personal information will be held on the website by Learning Pool and be available to this training centre and the RYA for the purpose of managing your course.
Instructional support will be provided by this training centre for a period of 6 months from the date of your course booking.
On completion of your course, your name, email, date of birth and address will be transferred to the RYA’s central database for the purpose of recording details of the course and any certification you gain as a result of it. This information allows the RYA to record your certification, to update any records they may already hold about you or your qualifications and to verify your certificate if required.
After one year from the date of your enrolment on a course, your user account will be removed from www.ryainteractive.org.
Full details of how the RYA will deal with your personal information will be displayed when you first access www.ryainteractive.org.
For the duration of your access to the site, your data will be held in accordance with the RYA Interactive Data Policy, Terms and Conditions.