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RYA VHF Radio Course Online

Marine Radio Course Online (£80) 

The Short Range Certificate is essential for anyone who owns a fixed or handheld marine VHF radio. A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. The 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 either fixed or handheld.

It is possible to undertake the RYA VHF/Short Range Certificate Course either online or in a classroom. The end-of-course assessment is still taken in the classroom though. Taking the course online is a great option for those who want to do the course in the evenings or when travelling.



Basics of radio operation, frequencies, distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures, making ship-to-shore telephone calls, Digital Selective Calling, Global Maritime Distress Safety System


Any age for the course but 16 for the end-of-course assessment and the issue of the official licence.


None. Ahead of the course, we will send you a course handbook and instructions on what preparation to undertake. This course pack can be an eBook or a printed copy.

Certificate Issuing Criteria:

To be able to operate the radio and know the procedures required to use the radio.


Duration: At your own pace

The online course breaks down the teaching of all aspects of using a VHF Radio into manageable sections. As you work through each section there are various methods used to ensure that you have understood the subject such as little quizzes and even the chance to use a simulator to make and record practice calls. Throughout there are recordings of radio calls so that you can hear what a real call would sound like.


You work through the course at your own pace. Once you have finished the various sections of the course you take an online practice test to check that you have the right level of knowledge for the assessment itself.

The dashboard gives you access to all aspects of the course including the additional videos to help you get to grips with the subjects.

Completing the end-of-course test then leads the RYA Interactive system to issue you your own unique certificate. You will need to take this with you when attending the assessment.



Booking your course by clicking (HERE) and we will sign you up for the online course. (Please allow one working day for this to be set up) Joining Instructions will be sent with login information by email.


Once complete the online course you would be to book a practical assessment please see our calendar when they are taking place (HERE).

We may also be able to schedule on specific dates for your assessment please email our Chief Instructor James Trim at

If you have undertaken the course online when you come to the examination we will arrange some time for you to get used to the VHF radios you will be using.

The Exam fee is £70 and this is paid directly to the RYA (a link will be provided in the joining instructions). Once you've paid, please bring your receipt email/exam application form with you. If you are just taking the exam with us and not the course, a charge of £40 on top of the RYA Exam Fee will be applied. 


If you took the online course with another provider then we're always happy to undertake the assessment for you. Please note though that the other Training Centre will need to send us the assessment card to arrive before you sit the assessment.


Last updated 10:36am on 26 February 2024

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