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Short Range (radio) Certificate

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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 Course takes roughly 5 hours of home study. You will need to study the course and pass the questions. You will receive a pre-course pack containing the RYA VHF Handbook or if overseas, an Ebook, plus your exam application form.

Once you have passed, print your exam application form. This form is required on the day of your 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

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.

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