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. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.
A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.
Without a radio operators certificate, a VHF radio may be monitored for safety purposes or used to summon assistance in a distress situation, but it may not be used for general transmissions. These can only be made by a licenced operator or by someone under the direct supervision of a licenced operator, this is a legal requirement on a British Flagged boat.
If you hold the old VHF licence (pre-1999) and you operate a VHF with DSC (digital selective calling) integrated then you need to complete an update course to be issued with a new Short range certificate (SRC).
Find out more about the Marine Radio (SRC) course on the RYA website.
Duration: 1 day (7-8hrs) + theory/practical assessment (Duration: approx 1-2hrs)
Prior knowledge: Up to 3 hours guided self-learning
Minimum age: 12
Under 16's: Will recieve a Certificate of Competency on successful completion of the course. When they turn 16 they will beable to take the theory & practical assessment in order to gain their Authority to Operate radio licence, they will not need to repeat the course.
Certificate valid for: Life
Maximum classroom course size: 8
Though there are lots of benefits to attending the classroom VHF course, you may wish to look at the online course? Not only has the RYA VHF Online course won two gold awards for eLearning it is both more time efficient (online course 4-8hrs vs. classroom course 8hrs), less expensive (online £65 vs classroom £100), doesn't have 'set dates' you need to attend and gives you the choice to complete it at your own pace. Our RYA VHF instructors are still available at the end of the phone, Skype and email if you have any questions as you go through the online course. The RYA Online course has now been available for coming up to 5 years and 'to date' the feedback from our clients regarding this course has been 100% positive. Learn more by clicking here: RYA VHF / SRC Online Course
What you need to bring:
|RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio Classroom Course||Duration||Course Fee inc.VAT (excluding exam fee)|
RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio Course for 2 people
|1 day||£180.00 (2 people = £90.00pp)|
RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio Course for 3 people
|1 day||£255.00 (3 people = £85.00pp)|
RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio for 4 people
|1 day||£320.00 (4 people = £80.00pp)|
RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio for 5 people
|1 day||£375.00 ( 5 people = £75.00pp)|
RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio for 6 people
|1 day||£420.00 (6 people = £70.00pp)|
Our friends at Dorset Marine Training, Poole also have regular RYA VHF Classroom Course dates so should our dates not suit your schedule please contact Dom and Sarah at Dorset Marine Training directly on 01202 901267 it would be great if you could mention that you picked up their details via our website :) Alternatively you can book directly on their website at: https://dorsetmarinetraining.co.uk/events/event/vhf-src-marine-radio-course/
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We can also run private RYA VHF/SRC Marine Radio Courses for you and your friends, family or crew at our base in Poole on any mutually viable date.
We will charge one flat rate for any number of students from 1 - 8. The more students you put on the course, the more cost effective it becomes for you!
What you need to provide:
We specialise in running training for clubs, training centres and groups where we bring the training courses to you (any UK location).
We charge one flat rate + mileage (at government rates for those located outside of a 50 mile radius from Poole, Dorset) for any number of students from 1-10. The more students you put on the course, the more cost effective it is for you!
|Private Course Fees (at your location)||Course Fee|
|1- 4 students||£450-00|
|5 - 6 students||£500-00|
|7 - 8 students||£550-00|
|9 - 10 students||£600-00|
What do you need to provide?
Quite simply; a classroom or dry teaching area with adequate space for the number of students on the course, some chairs and a whiteboard.
What we provide for the full course & assessment:
What's not included?
On successful completion of the assessment (practical & written paper) the VHF application form will be sent to the RYA along with your passport photo and certificate fee. The RYA certification department will then post your RYA VHF certificate directly to you.
The operators licence (Short Range Certificate) you will receive is for Class D radios, the type fitted to most leisure craft. It is generally accepted internationally for operators on British flagged boats, but to operate a radio on a foreign craft you should contact the appropriate national authority.
Regulations require that an SRC course is 10 hours in duration, this includes up to 2-3 hours of guided self-learning, thus shortening the classroom course to 8 hours, which is then managed in a single day.
It is necessary for you to go through the items we advise prior to your course, in order for you to get the most out of your day.
There are also books available that support the course - if you would like some reference material then the RYA VHF Radio (inc. GMDSS) has all the course notes in it. If you are considering just completing the exam without any tuition that we would recommend that your purchase the VHF Syllabus & Sample questions book - these can all be purchased from the RYA shop by clicking the link below.
This book is included in your course fee.