Exam Syllabus

The Amateur Station exam is based on the Harmonised Amateur Radio Examination Certificate (HAREC) syllabus.


The Irish syllabus is designed to ensure that candidates can demonstrate proficiency in the technical and operational aspects of amateur radio as well as the regulations governing the amateur radio service in Ireland.

Holders of the HAREC qualification are entitled to apply for an Amateur Station Licence in Ireland (and in many other countries).

The Licence Exam

The exam consists of two sections, each containing 30 questions.  The pass mark is 60% and a pass is required in each of the two main sections of the paper, A and B.

Section A – (30 Questions) : Pass Mark 60%
Amateur Radio Regulations and Related Topics

A.1Licensing Conditions9
A.2Operating Rules and Procedures10
A.3Electromagnetic Compatibility and Transmitter Interference7

Section B – (30 Questions) : Pass Mark 60%
Amateur Radio Theory and Related Topics

B.1Electrical & Electronic Principles including Components and Circuits8
B.2Transmitters and Receivers6
B.3Feeders and Antennas7

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