Syllabus 2019

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

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.

The examinations team at the 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


Exam specifications

[For reference ]

Added and removed

Combined syllabus origins

  • This document (72-page/1.04MB PDF) uses highlighting to indicate the source of each item—
      • White (not highlighted) are items which are either totally new or substantially changes from the original syllabus
      • Yellow – items which are from the old Advanced syllabus
      • Green – items from the old Intermediate syllabus
      • Blue – items from the old Foundation syllabus

    Clicking on a highlighted area will reveal the source reference from the original syllabus—if the embedded links do not work in your browser, please right-click the link and download the PDF file to your computer.

    Please note that some very minor changes have been made to the syllabus since the change document was created.