This radio operator qualification authorises the holder to operate a short range marine VHF radio, both with or without Digital Selective Calling (DSC) on board any British vessel that is voluntarily fitted with radio equipment.

This qualification is a legal requirement for marine VHF users throughout the world. It is also useful to know what to do if you ever require assistance.

Please see the information below with regard to your VHF Exam;

After completing the course you have two options:

  1. Be examined on the same day, 1700 hrs. to approx. 1900 hrs.,  this will be in a group no greater than 4, by an examiner other than your instructor.
  2. Arrange another day with us to be examined, by an examiner other than your instructor.


This will take the form:  30 minutes Written Exam, then 15 minutes familiarity of radios, followed by Practical Assessment – covering Routine, Mayday, Pan Pan, Security calls including using DSC Alerts.

Course dates:
  • 13th August 2019
  • 24th September 2019
  • 15th October 2019
  • 26th November 2019
  • 17th December 2019

1 day theory course, including 3 hours home study before the course, plus additional exam time (2 hours approx.)

£100 per person (plus £60 exam fee which is payable before the exam)

Please click the link in the 'NOTES' section regarding the pre payment.

Minimum age: 16.

Courses are limited to 6 students for maximum learning.

Please click here for details of the ‘pre payment’ for the VHF Exam 




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