The RSGB has released a draft syllabus today for an additional exam type, allowing unlicenced newcomers to attain a full amateur radio licence in a single exam sitting - that is ONE exam, not a combination of the three existing exams.
Known currently as 'Direct-to-Full' it will allow an additional pathway into the hobby for those individuals that perhaps already have plenty of RF engineering experience and want a fast-path to the highest level qualification. This is reminiscent of the old Radio Amateurs Exam (RAE) in the last few years of that regime.
Key bullet points
- A single 75-question multiple-choice exam (2.5 hours)
- Available online only, not via clubs
- Theory-only, no practicals
- Pass mark 50/75 (67%)
- As per existing online exams, instant results at the end of the exam, and if passed, callsign typically within a week
- This is in addition to the existing Foundation > Intermediate > Full route
The background to this consultation and a link to the proposed syllabus can be found on the RSGB website: www.rsgb.org/direct-to-full