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Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club

To assist those that are interested in entering the hobby of Amateur radio, Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club (CRARC) run a regular training course for the foundation level qualification.

In addition, in conjunction with volunteer amateur radio assessors, CRARC facilitate the running of assessments after the completion of the foundation training course.

At this time CRARC do not have the resources to run courses for the Standard and Advanced qualifications. However, if you contact the CRARC Education Officer via the form below we may be able to assist with advice and the arrangement of the assessments you require.

The foundation course is run by CRARC volunteers 5 times a year, March, May, July, September, and November. For dates see our event page.

The object of the course is to give candidates the knowledge and skills to assemble an amateur radio station, operate in accordance with the conditions & determinations (LCDs) (The regulations) correctly without causing interference to other services.

The course and assessments are run over a weekend. The Saturday is the training elements and on the Sunday some revision followed by the theory and practical assessments.

No prior amateur radio knowledge or experience is required to participate in the course.

We use the Wireless Institute of Australia publication “Your Entry Into Amateur Radio” as the textbook for the course. It contains the basic knowledge you need to know for the foundation assessments.

Foundation Course Textbook

Your entry into Amateur Radio textbook will be available on the day of the course following payment of $30.

If you require the textbook “your entry into amateur radio” prior to the course, we can post it for an extra cost of $9. Unfortunately this will take up to 10 working days.

Payment for the manual can be made via PayPal by clicking on one of the following buttons. PayPal purchases have a $1 fee to cover PayPal overheads.

Collect textbook at course – $31

Have textbook posted – $40
(Up to 10 working days)

Payment can also be made via EFT to
BSB 082-980     A/C 515032212
As a payment reference please use Foundation Text or FT

Foundation Qualification Course Registration

The cost of the course is $40.00 (plus Eventbrite charges).

Upcoming courses


Radiocommunications (Amateur Stations) Class Licence 2023 (As of 19th February 2024)
The amateur class licence will authorise the operation of amateur stations in Australia by persons who hold a recognised qualification at the Foundation, Standard or Advanced level. (Certificate of Attainment) By obtaining the qualification you are authorised to operate an amateur station under the amateur class licence as long as you comply with the conditions within it.

You obtain that qualification by sitting the appropriate level (Foundation, Standard or Advanced) assessment with an ACMA registered assessor.

If you are successful you then apply to ACMA for the issue of a “Certificate of Attainment” and issue of a callsign.

Once granted a Certificate of Attainment and Callsign you are authorised to operate under the class licence that covers all Amateur Radio Operators in Australia. (There are no longer individual licences issued for Amateur Radio Operators.)

The Certificate of Attainment and callsign are issued to you for life. If you move interstate there is no requirement to change your callsign.


(As of 19th February 2024)
There are NO FEES  to sit for the assessments conducted by ACMA accredited assessors.
There is a once only fee for the issue of a Certificate of Attainment  $45.20. 
In addition there is a once only fee for the issue of a callsign that ranges from $30.15 to $52.75.



If you require further information or have questions about the Amateur radio service
Feel free to contact the CRARC Education Officer via the form below.

There are three grades of amateur radio qualifications in Australia.
Foundation, Standard and Advanced.
At the present time CRARC only provide training for the Foundation qualification however we can provide assessment for all grades of qualifications.
Further information about amateur radio can be obtained if you visit

Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA)  or

The Wireless Institute of Australia

Contact the Education Officer