Applying for an Exam

Organisational Arrangements and Exam Scheduling

Under an agreement with ComReg, IRTS is responsible for setting and organising the Amateur Station Licence Exam.  The exam is usually held in Dublin but, where the numbers warrant it, exams can be held at other centres.   Exams would normally be held twice yearly, in May / June and November / December.

The May 2020 exam was postponed due to the public health situation at the time.  Exams were subsequently arranged for July & August in Dublin, Cork & Galway, respectively.  Arrangements for subsequent exams will be announced here in due course.

How to Enter

Places for exams are limited, they are allocated on a first come first served basis and are only reserved on receipt of an application form and the exam fee.  To reserve a place for the exam, candidates should forward a completed application form to …

  • Joe Ryan
  • 34 Watson Road
  • Killiney
  • Co. Dublin
  • A96 EF60

Download the application form here.  (As an alternative to posting the form, a scanned copy may be emailed to Joe Ryan, but please ensure that it is signed before scanning.)

The exam fee is €50 or €25 for full-time registered students, repeat candidates and those who are retired, unemployed or have a disability.  Payment may be made by credit card or PayPal using our online payments system.  Alternatively, Cheques or Money Orders payable to IRTS may be sent to the address above.

N.B.  A completed application form must be submitted and payment must be made before a candidate can reserve a place for the exam.

The Exam Paper

The exam consists of a question paper of 60 multiple-choice questions divided into two main sections; the first section focuses on regulations and related issues, the second section covers the theory side of amateur radio.

The time allowed is two hours.  The pass mark is 60% and a pass is required in each of the two main sections of the paper.


The full syllabus is included in the document Studying for the Harmonised Amateur Radio Examination Certificate, which is available on the Downloads page.

Photo ID

Suitable photo ID must be produced by candidates attending an exam.  The photo ID can be a driving licence, a passport, an employment photo identity card or a student card containing a photograph.  A national Garda photo ID is also acceptable.  Anyone who fails to produce photo ID on the day of the exam will not be allowed to sit the exam.

Exam candidates who feel they could benefit from assistance with any aspect of the syllabus are invited to contact Robert Brandon EI5KH, who will try to put them in touch with a radio club in their area that may be able to help.