Whether you’re looking to get into the amateur radio hobby for the first time, or you want to progress to a higher licence level, the best way is often to sign up on a training course run by a local amateur radio club.
There are lots of clubs and groups around the UK that offer amateur radio training. Typically, the courses are run by volunteers. Fees are pretty low, and typically include the RSGB exam fee, the “Foundation Licence Now” training book and fees to cover hiring the training venue.
On this page, we list the clubs and organisations that offer amateur radio training courses in the Essex area.
For information on what you’ll need to learn for the entry-level Foundation course, see: How to become a ham section.
There are three levels of amateur radio licence in the UK, as follows:
- Foundation: The entry-level licence. Courses consist of some practical exercises and a short multiple-choice test
- Intermediate: Courses consist of practicals (including soldering and use of test meters), plus a multiple-choice test
- Full: No practicals, just a multiple choice exam. Some clubs offer study courses, or distance-learning courses are an option.
The following clubs in Essex offer the entry-level course. Contact the club direct for latest dates and more information.
|Chelmsford||Chelmsford ARS runs two courses a year, which are held over six consecutive Thursday evenings at Danbury Village Hall.||Autumn 2017|
|Colchester||Colchester RA – Offer occasional weekend courses. See their website for upcoming dates||tba|
|Epping||Loughton & Epping Forest ARS offers three weekend Foundation courses throughout the year.||Jun 2017|
|Harlow||Harlow & District ARS runs their Foundation course over two weekends – at a slower pace than some weekend courses.
|Hornchuch||Havering & District ARC‘s website states that training courses are offered, but we’re not aware of any upcoming courses. As far as we know, no courses ran in 2015 or 2016, but try contacting them for details.||tba|
|Thundersley / Benfleet||South Essex ARS offers a six-week course on Friday evenings just off the A13 in Thundersley. Contact SEARS via their site to register.||April 2017|
|Canvey Island||Thames ARG offers two-day weekend courses on Canvey Island.||Oct 2017|
|Grays||Thurrock Acorns ARC offers weekday evening tuition, practical sessions and exam-only sessions. See their website for details||tba|
|Online||Essex Ham runs a FREE online Foundation training course for self-study, revision and distance learning. Our course can be used for stand-alone study, or to support your training with a local club training. Our course includes videos, guides and mock revision tests. Details at HamTrain.co.uk||Monthly|
The following short video clip gives an overview of what happens on a Foundation training course:
Intermediate Courses in and around Essex
The following clubs in Essex offer Intermediate courses & exams. Contact the club direct for latest dates and more information.
|Chelmsford||Chelmsford ARS normally runs one 12-week course a year, on Thursday evenings at Danbury Village Hall.||Mar 2017|
|Chelmsford ARS has offered Intermediate Practicals Workshops in the past, allowing Foundation licence holders the chance to complete their Intermediate practicals||tba|
|Colchester||Colchester RA runs a one-day Intermediate session from time to time. Contact them to express your interest, or see their site for dates.||tba|
|Harlow||Harlow & District ARS run a 2-day weekend course with exam on a Sunday, or a 10-week course on a Tuesday evening. See their site for details||tba|
|Epping||Loughton & Epping Forest ARS: No formal courses, but they offer a one-day weekend practical assessment sessions and exams.||Mar 2017|
|Canvey Island||Thames ARG offers a weekend course on Canvey Island. This is a 4-day course, split over two consecutive weekends||May 2017|
|Grays||Thurrock Acorns ARC offers tuition, practical sessions and exam-only sessions. See their website for details||tba|
Full (Advanced) Courses and Exam Sessions in Essex
The following clubs in Essex offer Advanced courses & exams. Contact the club direct for latest dates and more information.
|Chelmsford||Chelmsford ARS offers exam-only sessions during the year, with a revision course (prior learning assumed), with prep and revision courses on Thursday evenings at Danbury Village Hall. Dates typically line up with the Distance Learning Course. See the CARS site for latest dates||July 2017|
|Colchester||Colchester RA – Advanced training is offered, but no dates listed on their site at time of writing. Contact them to express your interest||tba|
|Epping||Loughton & Epping Forest ARS – No formal courses, but exam-only sessions available. Contact them to register your interest||tba|
|Canvey Island||Thames ARG offers weekend training on Canvey Island.||Oct 2017|
|Nationwide||Distance learning course run by Steve Hartley G0FUW. Contact him via QRZ.com||Ongoing|
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Looking for a training course in Essex?
Essex Training Calendar
|Skills Night: The Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society training team hosts a series of Essex Amateur Radio Skills Nights for those looking to get more experience, try something new or ask questions|