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VHF Radio (SRC License) - Online course

The Short Range Certificate (‘SRC’) is the radio operator qualification which authorises the holder to operate a VHF radio fitted with Digital Selective Calling (‘DSC’) on board any vessel which is voluntarily fitted with radio equipment.

The RYA VHF/Short Range Certificate (SRC) Course is offered either online or in a classroom. The end of course assessment must be taken in the classroom.

The Online course takes around 12 hours in total and, since it's an online course, you can fit it around your schedule. We include the VHF Handbook which is yours to keep; this is available as an e-book or physical book with a postage charge added. We think the ebook is a better option since it will enable you to take this publication with you on all future sailing holidays conveniently stored in your laptop, phone, iPad, android tablet or kindle and thus saving you luggage weight.

You must complete the learning section and pass the test before we can organise the short assessment session physically with us at our training centre. We will set up your ebook and online login the same day as payment is received.

How do you sign up for the course:

Click on the Contact Us button below to let us know that you're interested. Once we have set up your login and sent it to you you can logon and begin the course. You work through the course at your own pace. Once you have finished the various sections of the course you take an online practice test to check that you have the right level of knowledge for the assessment proper. Completing the end of course test then leads the RYA Interactive system to issue you your own unique certificate. You will need to take this with you when booking the exam.


The course fee includes a course pack voucher which we'll send you via email to download.

  • The Online Course + RYA VHF e-Handbook + Assessment Session = Euro 150 per person*

  • The fee payable directly to the RYA on your exam = £60 (this covers the issuance of your license which never expires)

* if you choose the hard copy version of the RYA VHF Handbook, then postage cost to your country of residence will be an additional charge. The ebook version is instant and has no extra charge.

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