Syllabus 2019

We are pleased to publish the new Amateur Radio Examination Syllabus so that you can prepare for its adoption in August 2019.

In order that you can start preparing your new training materials we have provided documents to help you see what material in Syllabus 2019 at each of the three levels is completely new, what’s been removed from the syllabus entirely and what’s been moved between levels. That information for the Foundation and Full levels is published below and the same information for Intermediate will follow in a few days.

Other than the completely new items, some material has been moved between levels. So, for example, something that was originally part of Intermediate may have now moved to Foundation. There are two additional documents, published below, which aim to show where in the new syllabus the material has come from.  In order to help with this we’ve used a colour coding system – please refer to the document footer for the meaning of each of the colours used. Again, the Intermediate version of that document will appear in due course. With regard to training, it is likely in these cases that the training materials already exist, but will need to be shifted between courses.

You will also notice that in Syllabus 2019, some items are described in more detail than in the old syllabus e.g. 1A1 in Foundation, explicitly mentions business and advertising as examples of commercial use. This is not “new” material, but is meant to better define what candidates need to know.

We are working on the exam specifications document, of which the syllabus is part, and the revised specifications will be published in due course.

The examinations teams at RSGB look forward to supporting and working with you in the coming months to make the adoption of the new syllabus as smooth a process as possible.


Tony Kent, G8PBH
Examinations Standards Committee Chair

Syllabus 2019

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