There are 3 levels of personal amateur licences –
Foundation – the entry level, basic knowledge required plus a practical assessment of using an amateur radio station.
Standard – mid-level, extra knowledge required and more privileges.
Advanced – the top level with access to all amateur bands and modes, with more advanced technical knowledge required.
What do I need to do?
Most people without some background in electronics or radio will start at the Foundation level. The knowledge and skills are at a basic level that anyone with a reasonable level of school education should be able to manage.
When you think you are ready, you sit for the assessments. The paperwork is then send to the AMC and you wait to find out the result. SARC can provide assessments only, or a combined short course with the assessments at the end.
The usual, and recommended approach is to combine both home study with a short course.
What will it cost?
There are certain set fees and charges involved. The Australian Maritime College administer amateur licensing and assessment. they set the compulsory fees. You can see the rates on their website here –
SARC does not currently charge a fee for training or assessments, however it is common for candidates to make a donation to the club’s education fund.
What resources do I need for my home study?
Until it was taken over by AMC, the Wireless Institute of Australia ran the assessment system. They publish a Foundation Licence Manual, which costs $34.50 + postage for non-members of the WIA, $24.50 for members.
SARC has kept stocks of the manual, however we are planning to transition to our own manual available on-line free-of-charge. If you enrol in one of our courses, at present we can provide some study material in digital form, plus references to websites which offer suitable educational material.
What is the syllabus?
The syllabus sets out the knowledge and skills that you will be assessed on. At first sight, it looks quite daunting, but in practice is it straightforward and not highly technical. Remember that the theory assessment is multiple choice, 4 choices each question, with a 70% pass mark. If you do the study, your chances are very good.
If you do one of our courses, SARC education persons will help you with any areas that you might be a bit weak on.