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2016 Exam Dates

ARNSW will be holding amateur radio licence exams and assessments throughout 2016.

The dates will be January 24th, March 20th, May 22nd, July 24th, September 18th and November 20th.

The location is the ARNSW site at 63 Quarry Rd Dural. Candidates need to book ahead by contacting the ARNSW education officer, at education@arnsw.org.au . Assessments begin at 9am on these dates.

Listen to the VK2WI Sunday broadcasts and keep an eye on this page for up to date information on our Assessments and Exams.

Foundation Courses and assessments

ARNSW will be holding Foundation courses and assessments throughout 2016. Each will be held over a weekend. The dates are January 23-25, March 19-20, May 21-22, July 23-24, September 17-18 and November 19-20. All are held at the ARNSW facilities at 63 Quarry Road, Dural.

The training will take place all day Saturday and the Sunday morning, with the assessments on Sunday afternoon. The training and exams will be conducted by Education Officer Paul VK2APA.

Candidates can register for a Foundation Course by sending an email to education@arnsw.org.au. For the course you will need a copy of the Foundation manual which is available for personal pick up from ARNSW (by prior arrangement).

Foundation Licence Manual (Second Edition)  Pick up - $20.00 .

For mail orders please contact the WIA Bookshop at bookshop@wia.org.au or follow this link to the their web site; Foundation Manual

Exam and Assessment Fees

ARNSW have the following assessments and exams available.

Fees for Non Members

Foundation Licence Assessment PAK(ie Theory, Regulations and Practical) .............$80.00
However if a candidate is under the age of 18 on the day of exam/assessment the WIA (National) are offering a special price for the Foundation Assessment PAK ....................$35.00
Successfully assessed attendees are able to apply for their licence immediately. 


Standard or Advanced Theory Assessment ................................................................$80.00
Regulation Assessment .................................................................................................$80.00
Practical Test ...................................................................................................................$75.00

Again if a candidate is under the age of 18 on the day of exam/assessment the WIA (National) are offering a special price for the above exams ......................................................$35.00 each

Fees for Members of ARNSW

Foundation Licence Assessment PAK (ie Theory, Regulations and Practical) .............$70.00
However if a candidate is under the age of 18 on the day of exam/assessment the WIA (National) are offering a special price for the Foundation Assessment PAK .....................$35.00
Successfully assessed attendees are able to apply for their licence immediately. 

Standard or Advanced Theory Assessment .................................................................$70.00
Regulation Assessment ..................................................................................................$70.00
Practical Test ....................................................................................................................$65.00

Again if a candidate is under the age of 18 on the day of exam/assessment the WIA (National) are offering a special price for the above exams .......................................................$35.00 each

Membership of ARNSW costs just $20 for two years. Candidates undergoing exams or assessments are able to join ARNSW on the day of assessment. This can mean a saving for those candidates intending to sit for more than one exam. Check out our Membership page for more information about membership of ARNSW.

Note: The Foundation Licence Assessment PAK is the only "package deal" . for the Standard or Advanced Licence you need to sit for separate Theory, Regulations and Practical Assessments. However, if you have passed the Practical Assessment for any class of Licence you do not need to sit for it again when upgrading your Licence.

On top of the above charges don't forget you will also need photo ID and a passport sized photo on the day of assessment (under 18's check with your Assessor regarding ID). For Foundation Licence students you should obtain a copy of the Foundation Licence Manual to study before the assessment date. Upon successful completion of assessments, some Assessors will lodge your Licence Application for you along with your exam results, for this you will also need funds for the actual Licence Application Fee.

ACMA fee for a new licence $75 + $5 for the next available callsign or $75 + $20 for your choice of callsign from those available.

ACMA fee for a variation to an existing licence (for those upgrading their licence) $49 + $5 for the next available callsign or $49 + $20 for your choice of callsign from those available.

For general information on becoming a Ham radio operator check out the WIA (National) website. There is also specific information on the Foundation Licence.

You can also learn all about Ham Radio at this great ARRL site www.hello-radio.org.

Information on license requirements/conditions and regulations can be found on the ACMA website.

Standard and Advanced Amateur Radio Theory Classes

Each Monday, ARNSW conducts classes in Amateur Radio Theory. These sessions are intended to be of interest to anyone wishing to obtain either the Standard or Advanced licence. This includes those upgrading their license or those without a licence who would like to obtain either the Standard or Advanced licence. The classes are conducted by Paul VK2APA, the ARNSW Education Officer.

Classes run every Monday evening from 7:00pm to 9:30pm, excluding public holidays,  at the ARNSW site of 63 Quarry Rd Dural NSW. Bookings are required. The classes are free to members of ARNSW or $5 per night for non members. Membership costs just $20 for two years so it makes sense to become a member.

Students will be encouraged to learn at their own pace and can take the exam when they feel they are ready. Students are advised to obtain and bring the text book for the classes "Radio Theory Handbook for Amateur Operators 5th Edition" by Fred Swainston. Publisher : Silverdale Publications ISBN : 0-646-35449-3 . This book is available from the WIA bookshop. Very limited quantities of the book may be available from ARNSW.

Classes cover the theory, regulations and practical aspects of Amateur Radio. Everything required to prepare students to sit for the Standard or Advanced licence exams. Bookings are required, and can be made by phoning the office on 02 9651 1490 and leaving contact details, or by email to education@arnsw.org.au