Online Students – RYA Short Range Certificate practical exam

Online RYA VHF Radio Course Exam Information

A Seavoice Training Online VHF Radio student at the PC
Online RYA VHF Radio course student

Since January 2014, you have been able to take the RYA VHF Radio course online via an RYA Training Centre that is recognised to run the courses. This allows you to take the course at your own pace in your own time using a PC, Mac or iPad.

Here at Seavoice Training, we have seen an increase in students that have taken up the course by this method.

As well as taking the RYA VHF Radio course online, you must remember that you will need to take the final RYA Short Range Certificate exam to obtain the SRC Certificate and this is something you should consider before you purchase the Online RYA VHF Radio course from any centre offering the course.

The SRC exam fee is £60 which is payable to the ‘RYA’.

Eligibility to sit the Exam

Candidates of any nationality or residency are eligible to take the UK-SRC exam provided they are 16 years old or older on the day of the exam. There is no upper age limit on the attendance of an SRC Training course.

Candidates should have one of the following three qualifying criteria prior to the final SRC exam taking place:

1.      Completed a recognised classroom-based SRC course to a satisfactory level, delivered through an RYA Recognised Training Centre.

2.      Completed the ‘RYA’ Online SRC course to a satisfactory level, delivered through an RYA Recognised Training Centre.

3.      Hold an acceptable non-GMDSS Maritime Radio Operators certificate pre-1999 (Restricted certificate).

Candidates should contact their local RYA Recognised Training Centre for the course and exam details. Candidates following option 3 are strongly recommended to attend some form of coaching/training at an RYA Recognised Training Centre prior to taking the final exam.


All applicants must provide, at the time of the exam, a passport size (45mm high by 35 mm wide) colour photograph with their name clearly printed on the back.

Paying for your SRC Exam

The RYA SRC Exam fee is £60 and is paid to the RYA directly, the new system to pay for the exam is completed online via the link below, If for any reason you can not pay for the exam online you can contact the RYA on +44 (0) 2380 604158 between 0900-1700 Monday to Friday UK local time to arrange payment. An additional £10 fee is payable if using this service.

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Seavoice Training – SRC Exams

RYA VHF Radio student and SRC examiner at the controls of a Marine VHF DSC Radio
Online RYA VHF Radio student taking the SRC exam

Seavoice Training runs the RYA exams from their venues in Merseyside and Lancashire. The SRC exam is delivered in 2 parts, firstly the RYA Theory exam paper that is timed 30 minutes followed by the practical element that includes setting up the Marine VHF DSC radio for a Channel 16 radio watch. You will also be expected to be able to send a Routine Call by voice and DSC alert, an urgency Pan Pan call by voice and DSC alert, and a Distress Call by voice and DSC alert.

You will also be asked about other GMDSS equipment that covers Sea Area A1 (this includes EPIRBs and SARTs and Navtext).

It is also recommended that you read up on all the subjects including GMDSS with the RYA VHF Radio Handbook before you attend the final exam. The RYA VHF Radio Handbook should come with your online course as a hard copy or as an eBook depending on which option you chose.

If you have taken the RYA Online Radio course with another Training Centre, we will accept you onto our SRC scheduled exams. You will need to ask the Centre you have booked the original Online VHF Radio course with to send the SRC exam report form to us at the following address:

The Principal

Seavoice Training

UNIT 8C The Shakespeare Centre

Shakespeare Street




To see all our scheduled SRC exam only dates, please click here for further exam information.

To search for a RYA Training Centre close to your location, please click here for the RYA Training Centre search.

If you would like to speak to us about the final SRC exam please contact us on 01704 539578





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