The VHF Radio Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC)  equipment on any British flagged vessel voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.


All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the ‘old’ VHF licence (pre-1999) you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment. This can be done by attending this one-day course with an independently ingivilated exam, or by completing the course online, and coming in to just sit your exam.


Course topics include:

  • The basics of radio operation,

  • The correct frequencies (channels) to be used,

  • Distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures,

  • Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators,

  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)

  • Search and Rescue (SART)


You will be examined at the end of your course. (fee applies)


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Prior to attending your course, you are required to complete our "VHF Knowledge Check", which is designed to get your background knowledge up to speed for the course.

Student:Instructor Ratio: 12:1


Included: RYA VHF Handbook


Duration: 7 hours, providing homework is completed + exam.