Candidates of any nationality or residency are eligible to take the UK-SRC exam provided they are 16 years old or older on the day of the exam. There is no upper age limit on the attendance of an SRC Training course.
Candidates should have one of the following three qualifying criteria prior to the final SRC exam taking place:
1. Completed a recognised classroom-based SRC course to a satisfactory level, delivered through an RYA Recognised Training Centre.
2. Completed the ‘RYA’ Online SRC course to a satisfactory level, delivered through an RYA Recognised Training Centre.
3. Hold an acceptable non-GMDSS Maritime Radio Operators certificate pre-1999 (Restricted certificate).
Candidates are required to pay for the examination via the www.rya.org.uk/courses-training/courses/specialist/Pages/src-exam.aspx RYA website.
The SRC exam is delivered in 2 parts, firstly the RYA Theory exam paper that is timed 30 minutes followed by the practical element that includes setting up the Marine VHF DSC radio for a Channel 16 radio watch. You will also be expected to be able to send a Routine Call by voice and DSC alert, an urgency Pan Pan call by voice and DSC alert, and a Distress Call by voice and DSC alert.
You will also be asked about other GMDSS equipment that covers Sea Area A1 (this includes EPIRBs and SARTs and Navtext).
It is also recommended that you read up on all the subjects including GMDSS with the RYA VHF Radio Handbook before you attend the final exam. The RYA VHF Radio Handbook should come with your online course as a hard copy or as an eBook depending on which option you chose.
If you have taken the RYA Online Radio course with another Training Centre, we will accept you onto our SRC scheduled exams. You will need to ask the Centre you have booked the original Online VHF Radio course with to send the SRC exam report form to us.
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