To operate an Amateur Radio station, you need to a licence from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). This involves some study, and examinations to earn your Amateur Operator’s certificate of proficiency. There are different licence grades, and the more “points” you earn, the more operating privileges you get.
To help you get your licence, the Society conducts regular Training and Examination days at the clubhouse. We do this, not as a way of gaining funds (we don’t charge for this), but to foster the use of Amateur Radio.
There are three separate exam components:
- Radio theory (either Standard or Advanced level)
- Practical Assessment
For the entry-level Foundation licence, you sit a combined Theory/Regulations/Practical assessment at one sitting.
For the Standard and Advanced licences, the exam components may be attempted at a single sitting or, if you prefer, each one may be attempted at different times. In either case, you need to pass all three components to qualify for licence.
If you are upgrading to a higher level licence, you do not need to complete another practical assessment.
You will be given the results of your assessments on the day, so if you pass, you can apply for your licence right away!
How much does it cost?
While we don’t charge for training and assessments, we do have to pass on the exam fees charged by the WIA Exam Service:
- Foundation: $70 (under-18: $35)
- Practical assessment taken alone: $65 (under-18: $35)
- Regulations (Standard or Advanced licence grades): $70 (under-18: $35)
- Theory (Standard or Advanced licence grades): $70 (under-18: $35)
- Replacement certificate of proficiency: $10
If you’re under 18, and you want to become a Radio Amateur, the Manly-Warringah First Amateur Radio Licence Youth Grant can help you on your way! The objective of the MWRS First Amateur Radio Licence Youth Grant (FARLYG) is to attract young enthusiasts to the hobby of the amateur radio and therefore ensuring the future of the hobby and of the Manly-Warringah Radio Society. It aims to encourage young people that would not normally have an exposure to the hobby to make the necessary steps to obtain an amateur radio licence with no or little financial commitments by them.
Where and when?
Assessments are conducted at the club rooms (see the Contact page for location), usually on Saturdays, or by arrangement at a mutually agreed time. Check the upcoming events section for news of upcoming Training & Assessment events. Contact our education team via email – email@example.com
What should I bring?
You will need to bring a suitable form of photo identification, e.g. Driver’s Licence, Passport, Employment Identification Card, Student Card; or matching signature on financial institution card, or a Social Security card. You will also need to bring a passport-sized photograph of yourself for you licence application.
You should bring pens, ruler, and a non-programmable calculator if you wish.
How do I prepare for this?
The Society conducts formal training courses from time to time: contact us to find out when the next course will be held. We recommend Your Entry into Amateur Radio, the foundation licence training manual, available from the club for $25. You can also purchase this book from the WIA (see below). And, of course, our “Brains Trust” is always at your disposal!
Here are some useful resources to help you on your way:
- The Wireless Institute of Australia is the national body representing our hobby. Click on the “Become a Radio Amateur” link on their menu for more information. The WIA also publishes the book, “Your Entry into Amateur Radio”, which contains all you need to study for the Foundation licence.
- The Radio and Electronics School has course materials and practice exams so you know what to expect when you do the real thing.
- The Amateur licence information paper details the ACMA’s licensing requirements for Amateur Operators.