We can arrange for the RYA to assess candidates for a VHF (Short-range Radio) Certificate and licence. Normally this would be at BTAC, although it can be elsewhere (e.g. a sailing club) if there are enough candidates (minimum of four) and the premises are suitable.
Each candidate will need to pay the RYA a fee of £60 for Assessment and Licence, and they should bring a cheque, payable to the RYA, to the assessment.
The Assessment is in two parts.
First is a multiple-choice question paper that covers various aspects of the theoretical side of the course – licence conditions, legalities, technical knowledge etc. It always includes a question requiring you to script a Distress or Urgency message though.
B –Working knowledge. Some non-critical errors in practice;
C-Understanding of procedure
Outline knowledge Assessed Element Depth of knowledge
- Identify a distress situation. A
- Initiate a DSC distress alert, with position and time input manually or automatically. A
- Send a distress call and message by voice. A
- Respond appropriately to a DSC distress alert, call and message, including relay of a distress message. B
- Know how to deploy an EPIRB and a SART. C
- Know the procedure for cancellation of a DSC distress alert sent in error. B
- Identify an urgency situation. A
- Initiate a DSC urgency alert. B
- Send an urgency message by voice. B
- Respond appropriately to an urgency message. B
- Identify a situation in which a safety message is appropriate. B
- Initiate a DSC safety alert. B
- Send a safety message by voice on an appropriate channel C
- Receive Maritime Safety Information received by NAVTEX. C
- Initiate a routine call using DSC, selecting an appropriate working channel. A
- Establish communication and exchange messages with other stations by voice using appropriate channels and power level A
- Test the radiotelephone by means of an appropriate test call. C
- Enter a DSC group or individual MMSI number. A
- Maintain an appropriate listening watch on DSC and voice channels. C
- Use the International Phonetic Alphabet. A
The test paper takes about half-an-hour; the practical assessment also takes about half-an-hour, but most Assessors will handle only one or two candidates at a time, so, if there are a number of people being assessed, you may have to wait a bit for your turn.
If you pass the assessment, your cheque and the pass certificate are sent to the RYA, and in due course of time they will send you a licence.
If you fail the assessment, then we can usually arrange a quick re-sit for which the RYA ask an extra fee of £15. If we cannot arrange this e.g. if you need to go away and repeat some of the course, then any subsequent assessment will attract the full fee.