VHF (SRC) Training Course
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. This includes both fixed and hand held equipment using International channels.
There is a lot of regulation about licences for radios see; http://www.scotsail.co.uk/vhf_radio_answers.html note, this is written by someone promoting training!
The SRC course can be taken in the classroom or online with an RYA recognised training centre. The exam must be taken at the training centre. The new double whammy is that you need a different assessor for overseeing the training and the exam more costs!
You don’t have t do the training if you are confident that you can pass the assessment, I found this free online quite quickly http://www.ewoggle.com/Online-Courses/ The challenge if you choose this route is finding someone to assess you! The assessment and licence is combined and costs £60.
There are plenty of choices available online to make it easier: I have identified two options
They are based in Findhorn but offer an online e-training (with phone tutoring) for £69. When you are ready you have to go to Findhorn for the assessment. There are no reductions for a group the price is the same for one or more.
Christine Crook who manages the UHI Ullapool learning centre will be running a two day course sometime in the next few months. This will probably on a week day. The cost of the course (including exam) is £165. This is very good value for a class based course, although more expensive than the Findhorn option, you save on travel costs! You can contact Christine on: