Foundation Online – Amateur Radio Training

As part of our quest to make it easier for new people to get into the hobby, we offer a free Foundation Online Amateur Radio Training Course. Please take a look at the following short video to find out more about our course:

Our Internet-based amateur radio training courses launched in 2015 and is designed to help newcomers to get started in the hobby. We’ve now helped over 2,700 people to get started in amateur radio.

Online Amateur Radio Training?

  • Do you want to study at home? Distance-learning course could be for you
  • Lead a busy life? Study at a time that suits you, without the need to travel
  • Want to know what the exam is like? Have a dry run of a course before taking the plunge
  • Already on a club’s course? Great – our online course can help with revision
  • Need extra help? Struggling with a particular topic? Perhaps our videos or handouts can help
  • Struggle to learn from a book? Our course is a little more interactive.
  • Can’t find a local club to help? Our UK online courses run every month
  • The course is also useful for you if you can’t make regular courses, want to study at your own pace, or have a limited budget. Our course is free.
Update: During the COVID-19 Lockdown, practicals are suspended and it’s possible to take exams online from home – See Exams and COVID-19

Fees: We don’t charge for our online training courses, but the RSGB charges an exam fee of £27.50.

The Foundation Online Course

Our online course is split into nine modules, each one with a full walkthrough of what you need to know for the syllabus, plus a short test at the end to make sure it’s all going in.

Essex Ham's Online Foundation Training Course
The HamTrain Foundation Online Training Course

The online Foundation course is supplemented by downloadable material, comprehensive videos and training slides, and much of the content is based on our popular (and free) Foundation Training Slides, as used by several clubs across the UK.

How does the course work?

  • Our course typically runs for three weeks (although a “fast track” option is available if you’re in a rush).
  • The course is split into nine modules, and we release a new module every two or three days.
  • Each module contains a section-by-section breakdown of what you need to know for that module, and ends with a short quiz
  • Each module also has a full video, so you can watch as we discuss the material and demonstrate how things work
  • You can take the modules whenever you want over the 3 weeks, although we recommend 1-2 hours of study per week – at a time to suit you
  • You’ll be working in an online classroom with other students, and have the option to ask questions of the tutor and chat to other students
  • We run regular webinars, so that you can ask live questions

Want to join our course?


Apply for Foundation Online 

If you are interested in joining an upcoming Foundation Online course, please complete the following form. We will then send you our course summary, and ask you to confirm when you’d like to start.
Please only complete this form if you are genuinely interested in studying online for the UK Foundation exam and can commit to 2 hours a week of online study for 3 weeks.

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    Our course uses an industry-standard Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver our amateur radio courses. Foundation Online has been designed by an RSGB Registered Trainer who has been involved with training for multiple amateur radio groups.

    Got a question?

    If you’ve got a question, check our Foundation Online Frequently-Asked-Questions section.

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