To operate an Amateur Radio
station, you need 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 three
different licence grades, and each with more operating
To help to get your licence,
Westlakes Amateur Radio Club conducts regular training
and examination days at the club. 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:
entry-level Foundation licence, you sit a combined
Theory/Regulations/Practical assessment at one sitting.
Advanced licences, the 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 a
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 assessment 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.
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:
Where and when?
conducted at the club (see contact page for location),
usually on Saturdays. Check the calendar
for upcoming Training & Assessment events.
John Saunders VK2EV.
Geoff Linthorne VK2GL.
What should I
You will need to
bring a suitable form of identification, e.g. Driver's
Licence, Passport, Employment Identification Card,
Student Card, or matching signature on financial
institution card, or Social Security card, You will also
need to bring a passport-sized photograph of yourself
for your licence application.
You should bring pens and
a non-programmable calculator if you wish.
How do I prepare for
Amateur Radio Club 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 $20. You can also purchase
this book from the WIA and of course, our teachers are
always at your disposal!
are some useful resources to help you on your way:
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 Electronics
School has course material and practice exams so you
know what to expect when you do the real thing.
The Amateur licence
information paper details the
requirements for Amateur Operators.
Certificate of Proficiency