Yeovil Amateur Radio Club.
Training. Getting your Licence.

By international agreement all transmitting radio amateurs have to hold a licence issued by an agency of their national government. To obtain the licence they have to demonstrate a degree of radio knowledge by passing an examination.

In the United Kingdom, there are three grades of licence. These are issued by Ofcom who have passed the responsibility of administering the  examinations to the Radio Communications Foundation (RCF), a branch of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). The RCF authorises radio clubs to hold the examinations, training and the associated practical work under the care of Registered Assessors. The Yeovil Amateur Radio Club has three Registered Assessors and the use of two approved examination venues.

The three grades of licence are, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced. The Foundation Licence gives limited access to amateur transmitting, progressively greater privileges being available to holders of the higher grades of licence. The Advanced Licence is recognised internationally.  Each grade of licence has an appropriate examination and the Foundation and Intermediate grades also require the candidate to do some practical work. As some aspects are only covered in the more junior examinations it is necessary to qualify at each stage before progressing to the next.                                  

The Yeovil Amateur Radio Club has Registered Assessors who are authorised to oversee the preparation for all three grades of examination and has the use of two registered examination venues where the examinations can be held.

Many people find listening to amateur radio, for which no licence is required, very rewarding.

This link gives more detail of the scope of the licences.

This Ofcom publication How to Become a Radio Amateur has more background.