RYA VHF Radio (SRC) Classroom Courses

Without a radio operators certificate, a VHF radio may be monitored for safety purposes or used to summon assistance in a distress situation, but it may not be used for general transmissions. These can only be made by a licenced operator or by someone under the direct supervision of a licenced operator, this is a legal requirement on a British Flagged boat. 

If you hold the old VHF licence (pre-1999) and you operate a VHF with DSC (digital selective calling) integrated then you need to complete an update course to be issued with a new Short range certificate (SRC). 

Find out more about the Marine Radio (SRC) course on the RYA website.


  • Classroom course = 1 day (7-8hrs) + theory/practical assessment (Duration: approx 1hr)


Prior knowledge: Up to 3 hours guided self-learning

Minimum age: 12

Under 16's: Will recieve a Certificate of Competency on successful completion of the course. When they turn 16 they will beable to take the theory & practical assessment in order to gain their Authority to Operate radio licence, they will not need to repeat the course. 

Certificate valid for: Life

Maximum classroom course size: 12

What does the course involve?

  • Operating a VHF/DSC set
  • Rules, regulations and licences
  • Phonetic alphabet & pro-words
  • Routine, Urgency, Distress alerts & Calls
  • Safety alerts
  • Search & Rescue procedures, systems & kit

What you need to bring:

  • Pen & Paper
  • Drinks & Snacks
  • Any pre-course work you have done

Course & exam fees:

Training fees: 

Whats included? SRC Course pack:- G31 VHF Handbook (printed or eBook), course report/application form & access to our online guided learning worksheets

Any additional fees? The exam/assessment & licence fee - see below


Exam/ Assessment fees: 

  • RYA VHF Exam & Licence fee - £60-00* (payable to RYA directly)  *Please note the training centre itself makes no money from the exam.

VHF/SRC Course bookings:

Online courses:

Click HERE for online course booking

Classroom courses:

See information below for classroom course booking

Classroom course dates & Bookings:

Are you an individual?

Course location: Ringwood, Dorset (Just 30mins from Southampton & 20mins from Bournemouth)


Training course timings: 

  • 9am - 5pm 

What to bring: 

  • Notepad & pen
  • VHF handbook & pre-reading notes
  • Passport photo 
  • Exam/Licence fee (payable to RYA - £60)

Pre-course reading: 

You must have completed 2-3 hours of guided learning prior to your course date. On booking, we will send you all the information you require. 


Assessment / Exam:

This is completed at the end of your course or on a different day & is run by a seperate RYA SRC assessor. It will include a practical and theory based exam. Please see the SRC exams page for dates & bookings.


Classroom course dates: Email us

Online course dates: Anytime - click HERE to proceed

Are you a club, crew, group or training centre?

We specialise in running training for clubs, centres and groups where we bring the training courses to you (any UK location).

We charge one flat rate + mileage (at government rates for those located outside of a 50 mile radius from Poole, Dorset) for any number of students from 1-10. The more students you put on the course, the more cost effective it is for you! Please email us with your date request on info@marine-education.co.uk


What do you need to provide?

Quite simply; a classroom or dry teaching area with adequate space for the number of students on the course, some chairs and a whiteboard.

What we provide for the full course & assessment:

  • A qualified and experienced RYA VHF/SRC Instructor and a seperate RYA SRC Assessor for your examination.
  • VHF training sets
  • Relevant course materials and teaching aids
  • Assessment papers


Classroom Group course fees:

Please email us for a quote on info@marine-education.co.uk 

Dates & Bookings:

Please email us at info@marine-education.co.uk with your date request.


On successful completion of the assessment (practical & written paper) the VHF application form will be sent to the RYA along with your passport photo and certificate fee. The RYA certification department will then post your RYA VHF certificate directly to you. 

The operators licence (Short Range Certificate) you will receive is for Class D radios, the type fitted to most leisure craft. It is generally accepted internationally for operators on British flagged boats, but to operate a radio on a foreign craft you should contact the appropriate national authority. 

Pre-course reading:

Regulations require that an SRC course is 10 hours in duration, this includes up to 2-3 hours of guided self-learning, thus shortening the classroom course to 8 hours, which is then managed in a single day. 

It is necessary for you to go through the items we advise prior to your course, in order for you to get the most out of your day. 

VHF pre-course reading
VHF pre-course reading.pdf
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Recommended reading:

There are also books available that support the course - if you would like some reference material then the RYA VHF Radio (inc. GMDSS) has all the course notes in it. If you are considering just completing the exam without any tuition that we would recommend that your purchase the RYA VHF Radio (inc. GMDSS) and the Syllabus & Sample questions book - these can all be purchased from the RYA shop by clicking the links below. 

Further information on Licencing onboard electronics: