Short Range (radio) Certificate


Class details

The RYA VHF course is for anyone who owns a fixed or hand-held marine VHF radio.

The Short Range Certificate is the qualification required by law if you operate a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (DSC).

A VHF radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures.

RYA VHF Radio Online SRC Course takes roughly 5-8 hours of home study. You will need to study the course and pass the online questions. After successful completion of this course online, the candidate must still take an oral examination at Confident Captain. The SRC Exams are held on the first Saturday of every month except for June-August. During those months no oral exams are offered unless pre-arranged with a member of our staff.

Once you have passed, print your exam application form. This form is required on the day of your in-person exam showing that you have completed any pre exam courses satisfactorily. You will need to take the exam and practical assessment at Confident Captain/Ocean Pros or at a RYA Training Center. The VHF Operator’s Course is examined using radio simulators. The exam will also include a short written test and is conducted by an independent assessor who is paid by the RYA, not by the training center. On the day of your exam you will need to pay $60 to the RYA for the practical and theory assessment and the issue of the certificate. This can be done by check, credit or debit card.

Price: $150

Course Duration: 8 Hours

Schedule: Online Anytime

Available Course Dates

Online Anytime – Oral exams take place the first Saturday(s) of January-May and October- December.

Course Content

  • The basics of VHF radio operation
  • The correct frequencies (channels) to be used
  • Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue Transponder (SART)

Please note: Login codes will be sent with your packs and are normally sent the same day Mon.–Fri., office hours.

Compatible with iPad/iPad Mini using iOS 6 or above. Mac Intel processor OS X 10.6 or above. PC Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows XP and earlier operating systems are NOT compatible with this course. Netbooks are not supported due to the reduced screen resolution.

Booking Agreement

To enable access to your online course we need to share some of your personal data with the RYA via your user profile in 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 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 one year 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 the course, your user account will be removed from

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