VHF Radio (SRC)

What is special about this course?

The RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate (SRC) is the minimum qualification required to operate marine VHF radio equipment on a UK flagged vessel. This includes both fixed and handheld equipment with and without Digital Selective Calling (DSC). It is obtained by successfully completing an SRC exam conducted at one of Argyll College centres 

The online version of the SRC course is available on request through Argyll College. There is no age limit for taking the SRC course although exam candidates must be 16 years old on the day of the exam.

Entry requirements

There is no formal entry requirement for this course.


Course subjects include:

  • routine operation of marine VHF radio including Digital Selective Calling
  • the correct VHF channels (frequencies) to be used for each type of communication
  • distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures
  • ship to shore communication
  • practical use of Marine VHF DSC radios
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)
  • Search and Rescue Transponders (SART)


College supplied

How will I study my course?

  • Short course
  • Vocational Pathway

Face to face or online

How long will my course last?

2 Days

Where can I study my course?

    • Argyll College UHI
    • Arran Learning Centre
    • Campbeltown Hazelburn Learning Centre
    • Dunoon Learning Centre
    • Helensburgh Learning Centre
    • Islay Learning Centre
    • Lochgilphead Learning Centre
    • Oban Learning Centre

Start date

Courses are run regularly throughout the year.

Contact your local Argyll College or visit Argyll College website for dates.


The cost of the VHF Radio (SRC) course is £90 and there is an additional £60 fee payable to RYA for the cost of  processing and issuing the licence certificate.


The cost of the VHF Radio (SRC) course is £90 and there is an additional £60 fee payable to RYA for the cost of processing and issuing the licence certificate.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This is a requirement for anyone owning a VHF set and is a necessity for anyone wishing to commercially endorse their RYA Powerboat certificate


Is there more information available online?

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Additional courses can be arranged for suiable sized groups. Contact your local Argyll College centre for details.

The online version of this course is available at a cost of £60. The VHF exam must be sat at the College centres.

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