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PLEASE NOTE that due to the ACMA recently awarding the Licence Examination Service to the University of Tasmania and the Australian Maritime College, CRARC is still in the process of determining the how and when of the new system and hence courses as shown on the EVENTS page may not be proceeding as listed.

The Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club runs training courses for the "Foundation" licence, these courses are normally held in the "odd" months of the year, check out the EVENTS page for dates of the next course.

The emphasis is on candidates having the knowledge of skills to demonstrate a practical ability to put together an amateur radio station from commercial equipment and also to operate it without causing interference to other users and have the knowledge to be a competent radio operator.

You will also need to be aware of how amateur radio relates to other users of the radio spectrum, your licence conditions, technical basics of electricity and electronics, transmitters, receivers, feedlines and antennas, propagation, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), and electromagnetic radiation (EMR).

The foundation licence operator can operate in the bands listed below using the modes of Amplitude Modulation (AM), Single Side Band (SSB) or Hand Keyed Morse Code.

  3.500 MHz -  3.700 MHz
  7.000 MHz -  7.300 MHz
 21.000 MHz - 21.450 MHz

And on the following bands can also operate Frequency Modulation (FM) in addition to the modes listed above.

  28.000 MHz -  29.700 MHz
 144.000 MHz - 148.000 MHz
 430.000 MHz - 450.000 MHz

The foundation licence operator can only use commercially manufactured equipment.

The WIA has produced a book called the Foundation Licence Manual. It is a full color manual consisting of 95 pages of relevant information for those studying, or those who would just like a reference book for Foundation Licence Operators. The manual contains all the relevant information you will need to know to successfully complete a training course to obtain a foundation licence. It also contains a wealth of information a Foundation Licence operator will need. Items like Band Plans, Electrical Safety information, operating procedures such as the Q code, how to contact you local radio club, the WIA and much more.

Budding candidates can obtain the Foundation Licence Manual from several sources, The Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club maintains a stock of these manuals. The retail price for the manual is $25.00.

The new licence structure introduces a practical assessment that is common to the three grades of licence. This means that once you have been declared competent by an assessor for the practical assessment as part of the qualification in receiving an amateur licence, that competency is transferable should you upgrade your licence.

The Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club runs Foundation Licence training courses about every 2-3 months. The club is the ideal place to learn all about amateur radio. You can meet other hams, attend interesting lectures, and find out lots of information. If you decide to take up amateur radio as a hobby you will soon learn there are many different facets to the hobby.

The standard time for the training course is around 12 hours and is normally over a weekend and is followed by the required formal Assessments.

For further information on Education matters, please contact our CRARC by email on education "at"

Education Service

The Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club conducts Foundation Licence courses for those people wishing to persue an Amateur Foundation Licence. A formal Assessment is then held on the Sunday of these courses. Assessments for other classes of licence are usually held at other times so the training and assessment people do not become burnt out on these weekend.

To apply for a Foundation Level Course,

Please visit our eventbrite page to register for any of our upcoming courses.

Assessment Service

Members of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club runs the assessments for each of the 3 levels of Amateur Radio Licences on behalf of the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) through it's examination service. To cover the clubs expenses in conducting the Assessment there is a "venue fee" of $5.00 per candidate for all assessments, this fee is payable in cash on the day of the assessment.

Foundation Licence Course

To Register --

 Complete CRARC Amateur Radio Foundation Course                        $40.00
 Your Introduction to Amateur Radio                                    $25.00
 (The Foundation Licence Manual -Required unless you already have one)
 Total                                                                 $65.00

In addition to the Foundation Licence Course costs listed above, there are also WIA Assessment and ACMA fees as outlined below.

We have a "CRARC Foundation Starter Pack" which is a Resource Pack especially designed for the Foundation Level Amateurs in mind. This can be found on our Archive page under "Education". The Pack provides a wide source of practical topics and advice for would be and Foundation Licensees to get them started into Amateur Radio.

Standard Level or Advanced Level Assessments.

-Sometimes referred to as "Upgrade Assessments" If you wish to undertake a Standard or Advanced Assessment, please download the appropriate Form: Standard Assessment Form (pdf), or Advanced Assessment Form (pdf),

Complete and return the appropriate form to CRARC WITHOUT a remittance to the address on the form marked "Attention WIA Assessors" a minimum of 10 working days prior to the scheduled assessment date.

In addition to the assessment fees, there are also ACMA fees for Standard and Advanced assessments as outlined below and are due on the day of assessment.

WIA and ACMA Fees

The WIA and ACMA fees as of the 1st July 2012 are as follows:

WIA Assessment FeesFeeUnder 18 fee
Foundation Theory/Regulations and Practical Assessment$70.00$35.00
Practical Assessment taken alone$65.00$35.00
Standard/Advanced Regulations$70.00$35.00
Standard Theory$70.00$35.00
Advanced Theory$70.00$35.00
WIA Callsign Recommendation Fees 
Recommendation of Amateur Station Next Available Callsign Level 1$ 5.00
Recommendation of Amateur Station Selected Callsign Level 2$20.00
Recommendation of Amateur Station Selected Callsign Level 3$48.00
(Not applicable to Foundation Licence Level) 
ACMA Licence Fee 
Annual Fee$54.00
Licence Fee Variation$49.00
Assessor Event Fee$5.00 (excluded from the cost of the Foundation Course)
NOTE All assessment fees paid IN CASH on the day of the Assessment 

The Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club DOES NOT have Credit Card / EFTPOS facilities, so all monies need to be paid by Cheque (made out to CRARC) or by Cash and payment must be made 10 days prior to the date of the scheduled course. Failure to provide the correct fee will result in the possible cancellation of your place at the course or assessment !

Completed application form and monies for the Foundation course need to be in the hands of CRARC no later than 10 Business days before the commencement of the course.

Please refer to the "Events" page for the proposed course dates

For further information regarding assessments, please make contact via email to education "at"