VHF Marine Radio Short Range Certificate


Courses will be arranged as needed.  Contact the office if interested.

Background Information
The  Short  Range  Certificate  (SRC)  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.

Course topics include:

  • the basics of radio operation
  • the correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using real (but modified) radios
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Satellite and Radar distress devices
  • Automatic Identification System (AIS)

Course delivery is in the form of screen based material and practical radio use.

Pre-course work

This is required and will be advised to you before the course. It takes the form of reading the course book and completing a question/answer sheet.

Course Times

The  course  starts  at  09:00  and  finishes  around  16:30. 

Discounted rate for LSC members = £95 per person to include:

  • £25 course fee
  • £60 payable directly to the RYA
  • £10 for the RYA course pack including the required book and a certificate


The  course  is  followed  by  an  exam conducted by an independent examiner. The exam takes an hour to an hour and a half and 4
candidates can be examined at a time. If there are more than 4 on the course then more than  one  exam  session  will  take  place. 
For  those  in  the  second  session  there  will  be  an interval between the course ending and the exam session starting. 

You will need:

  • your course book
  • your pre course question/answer sheets
  • passport sized photograph (one)
  • a means of paying £60 to the examiner for the exam and licence fee. This can be by credit/debit card or cheque payable to the RYA
  • glasses (if you need them)!
  • writing stuff
  • lunch can be purchased at LSC