Radio Communications Foundation – Exam Committee vacancies

There are vacancies on the RCF Examination Committee (EC).

The EC is responsible for the examination specifications and syllabus, the format of examination papers, vetting of examination items and the maintenance of the examination item banks.

The EC works electronically by e-mail where possible and meets about four times a year for two days midweek.

The workload varies between two or three e-mails a week to peaks of four or five a day on particular tasks.

Key tasks are reviewing draft examination items, considering cases of irregularity and assisting in preparing reports.


Personal specification

Applicants should possess a full licence and ideally have qualifications in radio and electronics at NVQ level 4 (HNC) or higher.

An understanding of syllabus development and examination board practice is also required.

It is likely that a successful applicant will be currently employed in, or have recently retired from, a teaching role at GCSE, A level or similar or a position in an examination board involving setting examination requirements or handling irregularity matters.

Ideally candidates will have experience of committee work and working as a member of a team.

Applicants must be willing and able to attend EC meetings that will involve UK travel and overnight stays.

Meetings are held on dates convenient to the majority of members.

E-mail facilities and internet access are essential.

Incurred expenses are reimbursed.


Additional information

The RCF is recognised by Ofcom for the provision of amateur radio examinations leading to the issue, by Ofcom, of an amateur radio licence at Foundation, Intermediate or Full level.

To ensure the probity and integrity of the examinations the RCF is separate from the RSGB and is concerned solely with the provision of examinations.

Administrative management of the examination scheme, registration of candidates, distribution of examination papers, etc. is provided by the RSGB under a Memorandum of Understanding between the RCF and the RSGB.

All examination matters, disciplinary or academic are handled by the RCF Examinations Committee.

The EC liaises with Ofcom and the RSGB on examination matters to ensure that the examinations are of an appropriate standard, are up-to-date and remain relevant to amateur radio.

The EC investigates and rules on instances of irregularity and decides appropriate sanctions.



Amateurs interested in joining the committee and contributing to its work should e-mail their application to with the subject ‘EC Member Application’.

They should include a concise reason why they wish to become an EC member and explain why they believe they are suitable for the role.