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The Short Range Certificate of Competence (SRC) for VHF radio operators


The GMDSS Short Range Certificate (SRC) for VHF Radio Operators

A legal requirement for operators of VHF radios.

This hands on course enables you to practise the use of radiotelephony and Digital Selective Calling (DSC) for distress, urgency, safety and routine communications on approved training equipment.

Not just confined the use of a VHF radio, the course also covers;

Search and rescue (SAR) including alerting, communication and locating signals such as Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBS) and Search and rescue transponders (SARTS)

Maritime safety information (MSI) and the use of NAVTEX.

Maintenance, care and routine testing of equipment including vessel batteries.

To prevent false or unheard distress calls and alerts there are strict regulations, procedures and practices for both the ownership and operation of equipment. This important element of the course is covered with the use of pre-course information and remphasised throughout the course.

The Equipment Covered Throughout the Course

Radio equipment

Handheld VHF, Mainset VHF with DSC,
EPIRB, SART, Navtex, Batteries

By the end of the course you will have a good understanding of the general principles and basic features of radio communications in the Maritime Mobile Service and Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) and be able to correctly licence and operate the equipment carried on your craft. You will also be thoroughly prepared for the end of course assessment.

Course & Assessment Structure

The SRC Course requires a minimum of two day's tuition combined with some self-study and an end of course assessment.

To assist with the self-study a comprehensive pre-course pack is provided a few weeks before your course start date. This contains background knowledge and practise questions. Topics covered include MAYDAY, PAN-PAN and Securite messages, the phonetic alphabet and radio channels and their uses.

During the course all the theory is put in to practise and on completion you will be tested by a Department of Transport appointed examiner in order to gain the internationally recongised Short Range Certificate of Competence (module 1 and 2).

The end of course assessment consists of a practical test (in which the examiner checks to see that you can use and maintain the equipment, send and receive messages and follow the operating procedures laid down for calling and replying to calls) and two theory papers** (which check that you are familiar with ship’s radio licencing and have a working knowledge of the International Regulations relating to radiotelephony working and relating to SOLAS (safety of life at sea)).

** Arrangements for verbal assessment are made for those who have difficulty with writing.

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