Full Licence (Advanced Exam)

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You have worked hard to get your amateur radio licence, and have progressed through to being an Intermediate Licence holder.

Maybe you are ready now to take on the UK’s ultimate amateur radio qualification: the Advanced (see below)  Radio Communications exam leading to the issuing of a Full Licence.

Many privileges and responsibilities come with a Full Licence, including a higher power limit and operating in many other Countries without further formal application.

Operator standing by transmitterThe course

We are not going to pretend that getting a Full Licence will be trivial.

A technical exam has to be passed that requires serious study for success, so you must be prepared to invest a good amount of time and effort in your studies.

When studying for the Advanced Radio Communications exam there is no requirement to take a formal training course, this is because the examination is entirely theory based, with no practical training element.

It is possible to study at home on your own or at a local amateur radio club or at a college; many run courses specifically for the Advanced Radio Communications examination. You can find a course near you here.

There are also distance learning courses available of programmed study, tutor marked assignments and YouTube videos.

The exam

Assessment is by a written or online  examination paper of 62 multiple choice questions each with four possible responses.

The examination lasts two hours and is available with 10 days’ notice (from 1st November 2017)

For the Advanced Radio Communications exam there is a fee of £37.50. You must have passed the Intermediate exam before taking the Advanced.

From the date of implementation of the updated syllabus (expected 1st quarter 2019) the “Advanced” examination will be renamed the “Full” Licence Examination

 

What happens after the exam?

Exam supervisor with candidateUnlike the Foundation and Intermediate, Advanced examinations completed on paper are not locally marked but sent to RSGB headquarters for electronic marking. Those candidates sitting the examination on line will receive their results at the end of the examination together with detailed feedback upon their performance.

Results for paper based exams will be issued six working days after receipt, and also sent to Ofcom.

Your certificate of success and HAREC certificate will be issued a few days later. In the case of online exams these will be issued within 6 working days from the date of the examination.

You may apply for your Full Licence on the Ofcom website free of charge.

Visit the Ofcom website to find out more.

Ofcom will then issue you with your new, upgraded radio licence and you can get started immediately on the Full Licence frequency allocations.

For almost all radio amateurs receiving a Full Licence is a very proud moment, indicating as it does that their skills and knowledge of amateur radio have been tested to the highest level possible in the UK.

A whole new world awaits of global operating, contesting and expeditions.

To find out more call the RSGB on 01234 832 700.

Our advisors will be pleased to answer any question you may have about obtaining a Full Licence.

The RSGB wishes you the best of luck as you start the final leg of the journey towards being a Full Licence holder.