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RYA VHF Marine Radio course set to change in 2014

RYA VHF Marine Radio course set to change in 2014

The RYA has now announced a new format for the VHF radio licence course. To meet European standards the RYA SRC course must include a minimum of 10 hours of study followed by practical and written assessments. The new format comes into effect on the 2nd January 2014.

The 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.

These new changes provide the consumer with a number of options:

Classroom Training
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.

Online Training
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.

We recommend, 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 formats.

If you have any questions about these changes or would like details of your local RYA centre please visit: .

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