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 the SRC exam conducted at an RYA Recognised Training Centre.
The short-range course enables candidates to understand how to operate modern VHF radios fitted with DSC controllers, and forms an introduction to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System. You will learn the phonetic alphabet, correct voice procedure, the GMDSS system, securite, panpan and mayday messages.
Most candidates are required to complete an RYA SRC course prior to taking the Yachtmaster practical exam, therefore the majority of exams take place after marine radio SRC courses.
MPT offers the SRC pre-assessment theory online only, which must be completed before taking the on campus practical assessment. The student is required to have the book before taking the theory portion online. If the student is taking the Yachtmaster class, the practical will take place during the class.
Course subjects include:
The exam is a combination of an online written theory pre-assessment test and practical assessment in the use of Marine VHF DSC radios. Candidates must be at least 16 years old on the day of the exam.