RSGB Increases Exam Fees (2023)

The RSGB has announced that the amateur radio exam fees will increase from April 2023.

In a statement released by the RSGB on the 16th of December: “The RSGB Board has reviewed the amateur radio licence exam fees and has decided that there needs to be an increase from 1 April 2023. This is the first time in over ten years that the exam fees have risen and the new fees are still well below the cumulative rate of inflation since 2011.” 

Current Fee New Fee Increase Exam Duration Exam Questions
Foundation £27.50 £32.50 18% 1 hour 26
Intermediate £32.50 £36 11% 1½ hours 46
Full £37.50 £42 12% 2 hours 58
Direct-to-Full N/A £95 N/A 2½ hours 75

The new fees, in the table above, will come into effect for exams taken after the 1st of April 2023.

Direct to Full Exam Update

The RSGB has also released pricing details for Direct-to-Full.

It will be possible to make an exam booking from the 11th of January 2023, with the first exam slot being on Saturday the 21st of January 2023. As per the table above, the exam will last for 2 and ½ hours, and the exam fee will be £95.

For more information, see Direct to Full Exam


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