These are frequently asked questions by candidates about preparing for and taking the RCE amateur radio examinations :

And these are frequently asked questions by trainers about preparing for and setting up the RCE amateur radio examinations :


Where can I find a Foundation training course?

Use the Find a Trainer search form, or look for training courses on the RSGB Events site.

How do I find an amateur radio club near me?

All club information and locations are available on the RSGB website. Use the Find a Trainer search form.

What are the fees for Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced examinations?

Look on the examination Fees page.

Can I get a syllabus for the Foundation/Intermediate/Advanced exam?

Yes you can find copies of the Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced syllabus on the RCF website at http://www.commsfoundation.org/rce/

Do you have sample papers for the Foundation/Intermediate/Advanced exam?

Yes, you can access them in the resources section for each of the exams on this site:
- Foundation Exam resources
- Intermediate Exam resources
- Advanced Exam resources

Can existing qualifications in related subjects be used to obtain an amateur radio licence?


I have learning difficulties, can the RSGB assist me?

Please contact the RSGB Examinations Department on 01234 832 717 before your examination secretary applies for the exam. Contact should be made as soon as possible, as the usual 10 working days notice is often not sufficient to gain appropriate advice to best help the candidate.

Can I sit more than one exam on the same day?

Yes, provided you pass any practical assessments in advance.
A reduced fee is also now applicable to anyone taking all three examinations at the same time.
Please note however, that if you do not pass the lower exam(s) you will not be able to take the higher exam(s) and you will forfeit the higher exam fee(s).

How long after my exam can I apply for my licence?

The RSGB will process the examination papers within 5 working days of receiving them and the result will then be communicated to Ofcom.

I have passed my exam. Where do I obtain my callsign from?

Log on to the Ofcom website at http://services.ofcom.org.uk/. Please note that if you have not yet registered to use the Ofcom Online Licensing Service you will need to do so. On registering you will need your candidate number, which can be found on your certificate.

I have passed the practical assessment but failed my foundation exam. Do I need to re-sit the practical assessment?

No, your Candidate Practical Record of Assessment (CPRoA) is valid for 12 months.


Do I need to be registered to teach on a course?

No, only Assessors need to be registered.

How do I become a Registered Assessor?

Full details are on the RSGB website on the How do I become a Registered Assessor page, from where you can download an application form.

Does my club need to be registered before it can offer training?

Your club does not have to be registered to offer training, but a Registered Assessor must be present when assessments take place, and the club must be registered before it can request examination papers or hold examinations. The application form can be found in the For Exam Centres Forms>/a> page.

How far in advance do I need to apply for exam papers?

Please allow 2 weeks (10 working days) for Foundation and Intermediate. For Advanced exams please refer to the Advanced Exam Dates page.

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