Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have had to temporarily postpone VHF exam sessions at our usual training venue in Putney. In order to facilitate examinations for candidates who require priority examination, in line with the latest RYA and UK Government guidance we are currently only accepting enquiries for priority VHF exam visits for those who urgently require VHF certification for commercial/work purposes.
UPDATE: From the 29th March onwards, we are resuming Priority VHF Exam visits for candidates who require urgent certification. Please use the form below to get in touch.
Once there are no longer any restrictions upon indoor recreational training, we look forward to being able to resume our usual schedule of classroom-based group exam sessions. Thank you for your patience during this time.
Priority VHF Exam Visits are priced at:
£55.00 + RYA fees
VHF SRC Exams will be conducted by an accredited RYA SRC examiner, who will travel to your location with the specialist equipment required to conduct the exam. The exam will be conducted whilst maintaining social distancing, using approved PPE to minimise risk of transmission of COVID-19.
These exams will be organised on a one-to-one basis at a time convenient for you. The exam will take about 1 hour for a single candidate to complete, plus some additional time if required for familiarisation with the training equipment. We are also able to assess multiple candidates within the same visit, if desirable; up to 4 candidates can be examined per session, as long as appropriate social distancing can be maintained between the candidate(s) and examiner.
What you will need to provide
Please ensure you can provide the following as a minimum:
- 1x large room, approx 3m x 4m or greater, containing:
- 1x large table (at least 2m across) or 2x smaller tables spaced 2m apart
- 2x chairs
- Mains power
- Hand-washing facilities (on site)
- Declaration that nobody within the group/household/building is (at the time of examination) self-isolating, shielding, or symptomatic with COVID-19 symptoms.
Each candidate will also need:
- Photo ID (Passport, Driving licence etc.)
- A passport sized photograph
- Proof of eligibility
- RYA Certification receipt
- Pen and paper
What we will provide
We will provide the following:
- An RYA SRC accredited examiner to conduct the exam
- Disposable single-use fluid-repellent surgical masks for candidate(s) and examiner to use for the duration of the exam
- Training VHF Radios for practical examination, and associated equipment
- Examination papers for candidates to complete during exam
Each candidate for a VHF SRC exam needs to meet the prerequisites.
You can book an exam with us even if you have completed your training elsewhere – you’ll just need to provide us with details of the RYA training centre that you completed training with, so that we can obtain the necessary paperwork in advance of your exam visit.
Please note that every candidate for the exam will need to have completed a VHF SRC training course in advance of attending the exam – for group household discounts on our online training course, please contact us.
The RYA charges a certification fee of £60 per candidate for all VHF SRC examinations. Once you have booked an exam session with us, you’ll need to pay your RYA certification fees directly to the RYA – click here to launch the RYA Exam Payments Service. This needs to be completed in advance of attending the exam.
Every candidate for the RYA VHF Exam must:
- Be aged 16 years or older, and
- present one of the following eligibility documents:
- Evidence of completing an RYA VHF SRC training course online, or
- Evidence of attending a VHF SRC classroom course at an RYA Recognised Training Centre, or
- an RYA Restricted VHF certificate, or
- a suitable aviation GMDSS radio operator’s certificate
The RYA VHF Exam is comprised of a written paper and practical assessment:
The written paper consists of two sections, with some multiple choice answers and some longer written questions, and must be completed within 30 minutes.
The practical assessment is undertaken in groups of up to 4 candidates per exam, covering any topics from the VHF syllabus, such as:
- Routine VHF voice transmissions (using appropriate channel and power selection)
- Adjusting squelch, volume, channel selection, and basic radio operations
- Sending VHF Distress DSC alerts
- Distress VHF Voice transmissions
- Sending VHF Routine DSC announcements