After the exam


For Foundation and Intermediate examinations, the named invigilators mark the examinations on site, and candidates are given an indicative mark slip with their results as soon as the marking is completed.

These indicative marks cannot be used to obtain a licence, but provide instant feedback. Licenses cannot be obtained until RSGB Headquarters staff have verified the results and uploaded them to Ofcom.

Advanced Examination papers are not marked locally and no indicative mark is provided.

For all three levels of amateur radio examinations, RSGB Headquarters staff notify the validated results to Ofcom and send a certificate to each candidate through the post. This process is timetabled to be completed in six working days of receipt of papers at RSGB Headquarters. It is therefore important that invigilators return papers promptly.


Ofcom issues UK amateur radio licences at the request of any candidate who has passed the relevant amateur radio examination. Candidates must register with, and log onto the Ofcom website; or complete a paper application to obtain their licence. The online application is free; but paper application carries a cost of £20.

Candidates should wait for their results to arrive through the post before logging on to the Ofcom web site to obtain their licence. In reality candidates may find they can obtain their licence a day or two before the post arrives, but not before the sixth day after the examination. Candidates and trainers should not call Headquarters staff to see if results have been issued until at least 10 days have elapsed.

Successful candidates are not required to obtain a licence following any of the examinations, but they are not allowed to use their own radio transmitter without one.


All successful candidates now receive a certificate. Certificates are sent out by RSGB Headquarters staff with the formal pass slip. Merit and distinction awards are made to those who perform particularly well in the examinations.

Follow-up activities

There are no formal training procedures to be followed after any amateur radio examination, but trainers/assessors are encouraged to offer on-going support to both successful and unsuccessful candidates to encourage them to continue their learning and development as radio amateurs.

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An on-air net for newcomers helps to get newcomers into good habits. Ask candidates to advise you of their call sign and let them know times/frequency of the net. On-air club nights can be arranged, including before/after any formal programme activity, if antennas are readily available. An Intermediate familiarisation session is a great idea to show Foundation Licence holders what is involved in progressing to the next step.

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