VHF – SRC Radio Exam

Course Details

If you have completed the RYA Online VHF Radio Course you will need to book your exam with us.

You MUST register online prior to attending the course using this link https://www.rya.org.uk/exam-payments/Pages/hub.aspx   Prior to attending your course, use the RYA online exam payment system to pay for the exam and receive a personalised exam application form.

Print this out and take it with you to the exam, together with your eligibility documents and passport sized photo.

  • 30 minute RYA VHF exam theory paper
  • Practical assessments include:
  • Operation of Marine VHF Radio equipment
  • Routine situations
  • Distress situations
  • Urgency situations

You MUST have completed the RYA VHF Radio online course and passed the end of coruse knowldge check.

Please bring your Course completion certificate with you to the exam.

Exams are conducted after the course by a separate VHF-SRC Assessor,

The written assessment will take about 30 minutes and the practical assessment will take up to 1.5 hour. 

Up to 4 candidates can be examined at any one time.

During COVID exams are being conducted 1-2-1 or for household bubbles

Minimum age 16 years old

The SRC exam fee is £60 and covers the cost of the examiner and the administration of processing and issuing the certificate exam. This fee is payable to the RYA and is separate to the fee that you pay for the training course.

You MUST register online prior to attending the course using this link https://www.rya.org.uk/exam-payments/Pages/hub.aspx   Prior to attending your course, use the RYA online exam payment system to pay for the exam and receive a personalised exam application form.Print this out and take it with you to the exam, together with your eligibility documents and passport sized photo.

Practical Exam – This part of the exam simply involves students demonstrating that they can make the various radio calls that they will have practiced during the course.  A maximum of 4 candidates will be examined at any one time with each candidate required to demonstrate correct understanding and practical application of:

  • Distress Situations
  • Urgency Situations
  • Safety Situation
  • Routine Communications

Theory Exam

  • Students will undertake a 30 min theory assessment with questions taken from all of the topics in the VHF Handbook.  
  • The pass mark for each exam is clearly marked on each exam paper. 
  • The written exam is a ‘closed book ‘exam.
  • Additional time may be allowed for candidates with reading problems such as dyslexia – please inform your examiner if you require additional support/time. The MCA has set specific guidance on the additional time that may be allowed.

Available Dates



What you need to bring, What’s Included and What’s Not!

  • A passport photograph is required to issue your certificate.
  • Your completed RYA Exam application form
  • Pen and Notebook
  • Free parking at our Training Centre
  • Lunch/Meals are not provided but we do have a small tuckshop with snacks/cold drinks for purchase, we have a cafe onsite (open 0900-1600 daily) and there are several local shops/cafes within a short walk to purchase food.
  • Your exam fee of £60 unless you are a commercial customer by prior agreement
  • The SRC exam fee is £60 and covers the cost of the examiner and the administration of processing and issuing the certificate exam. This fee is payable to the RYA and is separate to the fee that you pay for the training course.
  • You MUST register online prior to attending the course using this link https://www.rya.org.uk/exam-payments/Pages/hub.aspx   Prior to attending your course, use the RYA online exam payment system to pay for the exam and receive a personalised exam application form.Print this out and take it with you to the exam, together with your eligibility documents and passport sized photo.