From 2 January 2014 the course must include at least 10 hours of study

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

has now announced a new format for the VHF radio licence course.

To meet

European standards the RYA Short Range Certificate (SRC) course must include a minimum of 10 hours of

study followed by practical and written assessments. The new format comes into

effect on 2 January 2014.


standards for training and assessment for the SRC are set by the European

Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT), which

require a separation between training and examination.


new changes provide the consumer with a number of options:


Three of the

10-hours study time may be home study, using the course pack and RYA VHF radio

handbook. This will leave seven hours of classroom training which you will

undertake with a RYA instructor. To meet the new regulations, the practical and

written assessments will then be taken with a separate instructor.



Alternatively, you can undertake your training via a new online VHF radio

course provided by the RYA. With this format, you will also receive a course

pack to assist learning online. Upon completion of the course, you will be

issued with a unique candidate number that verifies your eligibility to attend

both practical and written assessments at an approved RYA centre.

It is recommended that those customers who only have a VHF licence, should refresh

themselves of the changes in this area of safety via either of these new course


If you

have any questions about these changes or would like details of your local RYA

centre please visit: