How to start running Foundation Training

Is your club running amateur radio training courses? And if not, why not?

Here is a quick checklist of some of the things you may need to consider when thinking about setting up training:

Training Roles

Some of the roles that you may need to have in place. In general, people can hold multipl roles as needed:

  • Training Manager: Decide on the course structure & staffing
  • Training Administrator: Take bookings, take money, contact students, book venue
  • Exam Secretary: Book exams, pay RSGB, sort exam papers
  • Registered Assessors: Ensure the practicals are done correctly (Require RSGB approval)
  • Morse Assessor: Ensure CW practical is done correctly
  • Tutors: To run though the training material (if teaching locally)
  • Invigilators: Lead plus one or two others. Lead can’t be involved with training the students
  • Helpers: Teamaking, remote end of QSO, revision
  • Reader: For any dyslexic or blind students (ideally not licensed)


Foundation Topics

From the Syllabus, here are the Foundation modules:

  • Introduction
  • Technical Basics
  • Transmitters & Receivers
  • Feeders & Antennas
  • Propagation
  • Licence Conditions
  • EMC
  • Safety
  • Operating Practices



  • An RSGB-approved venue
  • Slides & Projector
  • Whiteboard
  • Exam Clock
  • Wi-fi & PC (for online exams)
  • VHF Radio and PSU
  • HF Radio and PSU
  • Two antennas for tuning
  • CW key, oscillator, crib sheets
  • Safeguarding policy (DBS checks)



  • 9 modules (classroom slides, online course or RSGB book)
  • 5 practicals (HF QSO, VHF QSO, Station Build, Antenna Tuning, CW appreciation
  • Exam (26 question multiple choice). Preference is for electronic exams – requires club (or students) to provide laptop and wi-fi connection

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