Licence FAQ

We thought that it may be helpful to have a breakdown of requirements and conditions of the testing and licence processes, so we've produced the tables below to give you an idea of what to expect. You can view a sample copy of the UK Amateur Radio Licence here (PDF(r): 150Kb: link will open in a new window).

FoundationIntermediateAdvanced
Exam Fee £27.50 £32.50 £37.50
Aditional Info Exam Centres usually charge for the hire of the facilities (if not their own), books,
kits and refreshements, etc on top of this basic fee. Basic fee is valid from
October 2011. Please note that the RSGB Members' Discount is no longer applicable. 
Morse
Examination
Assessment only
(very informal) 
None None
Practical
Elements 
Yes Yes None
Results Usually on day of exam Usually on day of exam None
Book Name Foundation Licence Now! Intermediate Licence Book
Building on the Foundation 
Advance - The Full
Licence Book 
Book Author Alan Betts (GØHIQ) Steve Hartley (GØFUW) Alan Betts (GØHIQ) &
Steve Hartley (GØFUW)
ISBN 9781-8723-0980-4 9781-8723-0986-6 1-8723-0-95-X
Book Price £4.99 (approx) £6.99 (approx) £11.99 (approx)
Additional Books Amatur Radio Exam Secrets (ISBN 9781-9050-8649-1) Price £12.99
Hamtests Review:- "A must for all levels!" 
Callsign Format M*6AAA 2*ØAAA M*ØAAA
Allocated
Spectrum
UK Amateur Bands up
to 70cm 
All UK Amateur
Allocations 
All UK Amateur
Allocations
Maximum Power Up to 10W (depending
on band) 
Up to 50W (depending
on band)
Up to 400W (depending
on band)
Permission to
Operate Abroad
None None

Yes

Under CEPT Agreement
T/R 61/01 

Where: "*” is a Regional Identifier, as per the table below (the "G series” of callsigns is now full) and "AAA" is a sequence of letters in the range AAA-ZZZ

England
M
2E
G
Guernsey
MU
2U
GU
Isle of Man
MD
2D
GD
Jersey
MJ
2J
GJ
N. Ireland
MI
2I
GI
Scotland
MM
2M
GM
Wales
MW
2W
GW

 


Advanced (Full) Exam Dates

Below are the published Advanced (Full) exam dates.

The dates for 2015 are as follows:
Thurday 29th January 2014 19.00hrs (closing date for applications 7th January 2015)
- Saturday 7th Mar 2014 14.00hrs (closing date for applications 13th February 2015)
- Friday 1st May 2014 19.00hrs (closing date for applications 11th April 2015)
- Tuesday 30th June 2014 19.00hrs (closing date for applications 9th June 2015)
Wednesday 19th August 2014 19.00hrs (closing date for applications 29th July 2015)
Sunday 11th October 2014 10.00 (closing date for applications 18th September 2015) [RSGB Convention]
- Monday 7th December 2014 (closing date for applications 19.00hrs 16th November 2015)

The dates for 2014 are as follows:
Thurday 30th January 2014 19.00hrs (closing date for applications 8th January 2014)
Saturday 1st Mar 2014 14.00hrs (closing date for applications 7th February 2014)
- Friday 2nd May 2014 19.00hrs (closing date for applications 10th April 2014)
- Tuesday 1st July 2014 19.00hrs (closing date for applications 9th June 2014)
- Wednesday 20th August 2014 19.00hrs (closing date for applications 29th July 2014)
- Sunday 12th October 2014 10.00 (closing date for applications 19th September 2014) [RSGB Convention]
- Monday 8th December 2014 19.00hrs (closing date for applications 14th November 2014)

The dates for 2013 are as follows:
- Wednesday 30 January 2013 at 19.00 (closing date for applications 5 January 2013)
- Saturday 2 March 2013 at 14.00 (closing date 8 February 2013)
- Thursday 2 May 2013 at 19.00 (closing date 10 April 2013)
- Monday 1 July 2013 at 19.00 (closing date 7 June 2013)
- Tuesday 20 August 2013 at 19.00 (closing date 29 July 2013)
- Sunday 13 October 2013 at 10.30 (closing date 20 September 2013) [RSGB Convention]
- Friday 6 December 2013 at 19.00 (closing date 14 November 2013)

The dates for 2012 are as follows:
- Tuesday 31 January 2012 at 19.00 (closing date for applications 9 January 2012)
- Saturday 3 March 2012 at 14.00 (closing date 10 February 2012)
- Thursday 31 May 2012 at 19.00 (closing date 9 May 2012)
- Friday 6 July 2012 at 19.00 (closing date 14 June 2012)
- Monday 20 August at 19.00 (closing date 27 July 2012)
- Sunday 14 October at 10.30 (closing date 21 September 2012) [RSGB Convention]
- Wednesday 5 December at 19.00 (closing date 13 November 2012)

The remaining dates for the Advanced Exam sessions for 2011 are as follows:
- Sunday 9 October 2011 at 10.30 (closing date 16 September 2011) [RSGB Convention]
- Monday 5 December 2011 at 19.00 (closing date 11 November 2011)

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