Licencing Process

In the UK we follow a 3 tier progressive licencing scheme. Foundation, Intermediate & Full. Foundation & Intermediate have both practical assessments and examinations. Full is examination only. You can not skip a level.

Below is an overview the various levels and how we can help support you

Foundation Licence

An entry level in to Amateur Radio. Assessment is a combination of practical skills and a written multiple choice 55 minute, 26 question paper. We are currently able to offer

  • Self Study Support
  • Online Training provided by Essex Ham


Intermediate Licence

This is the next step from the Foundation License offering a larger number of frequencies and higher power for your transmitter. For these extra privileges you have to be able to show a greater understanding of some theory behind radio technology. Again our trainers are here to guide you to a pass, and there is plenty of literature available to help you study.  The intermediate exam is 1 hour 30 multiple choice exam, with a pass mark of 28/46.

We are currently able to offer:

  • Online Training
  • Self Study Support

Full Licence

The final stage and top level for a UK amateur radio license and freedom to operate transmitters with the minimum of restrictions. At this level there is also full international compatibility. There are some specialised topics which have to be understood at this level, for example aspects of EMC and international regulations etc., but no worries our trainers will help you pass the necessary test.

We are currently able to offer:

  • Self Study Support

To further explore your options navigate the training menu above to find out about upcoming courses and associated costs.