Amateur Radio License Preparation & Examination Course


VECTOR Training prepares students for the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISEDC, formerly known as Industry Canada) Amateur Radio Operator Certificate of proficiency examination, commonly referred to as an Amateur Radio license.

Held three times a year, this popular course fills up quickly. To avoid disappointment please register your interest today by email to our training coordinator.

Our students enjoy a high rate of success - enrol with confidence regardless of your current level of radio, electronics or regulatory knowledge.

Students receive a copy of VECTOR’s proven and continually updated Amateur Radio Basic Qualification course manual and our enthusiastic instructors will help you work through the material and ISEDC requirements.

Lectures are held in comfortable professional settings over the course of six Saturdays; the final class is the examination itself, conducted by an ISEDC accredited examiner in the same comfortable surroundings.

Course start dates are in early September, January and March of each year and are announced in advance on the VECTOR website.

Next Basic License Course - March 2018

VECTOR’s Basic Amateur Radio Operator Certificate (License) Course January 2018 sessions are now underway. Our next scheduled course will commence in March 2018. Write our training coordinator ( to join the notification list for the next course session.

Self-studier and want to challenge the test? Need to re-write? We offer the opportunity to be tested with an accredited examiner. Write our training coordinator ( for details.

Course Details

Course Availability This course is available to the public
Sessions January 2018; March 2018; September 2018
Course Length Unless advised otherwise the course runs for six consecutive Saturdays
Exam An ISDEC accredited examiner conducts the exam on the final day
Classroom Hours Courses start early Saturday morning and conclude by lunch (New in 2017: some afternoon sessions)
Classroom Locations Vancouver City Hall and/or Hillcrest Centre
Transit / Cycling Click on the location links to explore options
Parking There is free parking available at either site
Fee $95 inclusive covers all materials
To Register Write our training coordinator (

License Information And 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 ISEDC/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 ISEDC/Industry Canada’s web site, including:

Study Aids

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

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) offers a free self-test program useful for those studying for the official ISEDC/Industry Canada exam. Download ExHAMiner v2.5 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.