SRC/VHF Course and Exam

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 an 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.

Please be aware the exam fee of £60.00 is seperate to our course fee.


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)

Please call or email to book on a practical course or online your exam can take place after your practical course on the same day.If you choose the online course we can book you an appointment at your leisure.