VECTOR Training

Amateur Radio License Preparation & Examination Course

Available to the general public, VECTOR training helps you prepare for and obtain your Industry Canada Amateur Radio License. You supply the interest, we supply knowledgeable and approachable instructors, specially designed and continuously updated course-ware, a professional classroom setting, and ISEDC / Industry Canada accredited examiners to administer the license exam at the conclusion of the course.

Our students enjoy an enviable success rate. Regardless of your current level of radio, electronics, or technical knowledge, enrol with confidence in our Amateur Radio License Preparation & Examination Course.

Are you already prepared to challenge the exam? Contact us!

VECTOR Radio Skills Course

This four week course is a natural follow-on to obtaining your Amateur Radio Certificate of Proficiency. We cover topics of interest to any amateur radio operator including: establishing a radio station; advice on radio equipment; an introduction to digital radio and linked repeater use. Typically held one evening a week, students will be paired up as partners for extra-curricular one on one radio contacts. The class also features an instructional net each week.

  • Availability: VECTOR Members Only
  • Offered: Annually in the spring leading up to Field Day in June
  • Details: VECTOR Radio Skills Course

VECTOR Net Control Operator

A radio net is formed by a group of radio operators convening for a specific purpose. Formal nets are usually directed by a net control station or operator and during planned event and emergency activations there is a great need for experienced net control operators. VECTOR provides training opportunities guided by an on-site mentor allowing you to gain the experience required to be able to step into the net control operator role when needed.

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VECTOR Radio Room and EOC Introduction

VECTOR members will receive an orientation to VECTOR’s extensive radio facilities and the City of Vancouver Emergency Operations Centre located at the E-Comm 911 Centre.

  • Availability: VECTOR Members Only
  • Offered: As needed / Also integrated within Radio Skills Course

Other VECTOR Training

In keeping with our singular focus on emergency communications preparedness we offer on a regular basis:

  • Grab & Go Radio Kit - learn setup and operation of our luggable multi-band voice / data radio stations
  • Voice Operator Practice - learn and practice sending emergency radio messages
  • Packet Radio operations - bring your laptop and radio in, install and configure the packet radio clients we support and practice sending and receiving messages
  • HF station operations - become proficient at operating VECTOR’s HF voice and PACTOR data capabilities.

Emergency Management Credit and Non-Credit Courses

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Our relationship with City of Vancouver Office of Emergency Management affords VECTOR the ability to offer to members a wide range of Emergency Management courses delivered by the city and Emergency Management BC including:


Learn the important fundamentals of the Incident Command System, a flexible and scalable all-hazards management system utilized by first responders, all levels of government, utility companies and others across North America.

ICS-100 / JIBC EMERG-1200 is provided at no cost to VECTOR members through our partnership with City of Vancouver and is a pre-requisite for certain other internal and external training we offer. This is a JIBC credit course and can be taken on-line.

Introduction to Emergency Social Services (ESS)

Intro to ESS gives a foundational understanding of the capabilities, functions and aid ESS provides during evacuations both small and large. VECTOR is the emergency radio provider for Vancouver ESS.

EOC Essentials

This Justice Institute of BC credit course provides students with an understanding of the nature and purpose of an Emergency Operations Centre (EOC).

Learn the fundamentals of how Emergency Operations Centres (EOC) operate in supporting the needs of response departments and agencies during emergencies and disasters. Explore key aspects of site support operations within an Incident Command System (ICS) management structure. This course is a pre-requisite to many Emergency Management courses including Radio Station Management.

Radio Communications Station Management

This Justice Institute of BC course is made available to VECTOR members through Emergency Management BC. Pre-requisite: EOC Essentials.

This course guides the organization and operation of an emergency radio communications station at an EOC, ESS Reception Centre or provincial regional emergency operations centre. It reviews the key responsibilities of the Radio Communications Station Manager within the Logistics Section, including working with served agencies, resource management, documentation and the consideration of safety and legal issues.