Amateur Radio License Preparation & Examination Course


Available to the general public, VECTOR training will prepare you for the Industry Canada Amateur Radio License examination. Regardless of your current level of radio, electronics, or technical knowledge, enrol with confidence knowing our students enjoy an enviable success rate. The course runs for six Saturday mornings and includes the final examination day.

Due to a high level of interest VECTOR now runs three Amateur Radio License Preparation courses each year catering to 25 students in each session. Course start dates are typically in early September, mid-January and in March - timed to conclude before the June Field Day event.

This popular course fills up quickly. To avoid disappointment please register your interest via our on-line form today. Questions? Send an email to the training coordinator.

Course availability This course is available to the general public.
Next course session: March 2017 - Sold Out; register now for our September session.
Location City Hall, City of Vancouver - corner of 12th Avenue and Cambie Street. There is generally free parking available on site, and transit options are nearby.
Fees $95.00 inclusive covers all materials.
Dates Unless advised otherwise the course runs for six consecutive Saturday mornings including the license exam on the final day.

Course tuition covers instruction and VECTOR’s proven & continually updated Industry Canada Amateur Radio Basic Qualification course manual.

You’ll spend five sessions on Saturdays in a comfortable and modern classroom environment receiving supportive training led by our experienced instructors. On the sixth Saturday, in the same familiar environment, one of our Industry Canada accredited examiners will administer the Amateur Radio Basic Qualification exam.

License Background Information & Study Aids

Prior to taking the VECTOR Amateur Radio License Preparation & Examination Course students may find it helpful to review some of the regulatory information and study materials available.

Do not let the materials listed here intimidate you. Our course material and training approach has been specially designed to help everyone master the information they need to know to pass the Industry Canada licensing exam and be successful as a licensed Radio Amateur.

License Information

Background and regulatory information pertinent to the license exam and amateur radio operations can be found at Industry Canada’s web site, including:

Study Aids

Industry Canada offers the Amateur Radio Exam Generator free of charge to interested parties. To obtain the exam generator, follow the instructions at the Industry Canada web site

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) offers a free self-test program useful for those studying for the official Industry Canada exam. Download ExHAMiner from the RAC site:

After You Obtain Your License

If you have an interest in volunteering your time to help VECTOR in its mission as the backup emergency communications provider for the City of Vancouver, consider joining us. VECTOR provides additional training to members ranging from basic radio skills courses - a terrific start for any new amateur - to radio operations in an emergency management context.