Training Course for the Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification

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VECTOR Training prepares students for the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED, formerly known as Industry Canada) Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification

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

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Students receive a copy of VECTOR’s proven and continually updated Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Course Book. Our team of enthusiastic instructors will help you work through the material and ISED requirements.

In addition to the classes, students should be prepared to spend at least several hours per week for four to six weeks to study and to do practice exams on your own.

Course Details

Sessions The next course will begin in September 2024.
Course Length Unless advised otherwise the course will run for four consecutive Saturday mornings.
Course Materials Students are provided a copy of VECTOR’s proven and continuously updated Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Course Book.
Exam An ISED accredited examiner conducts the exam after the course.
Classroom Hours Class typically starts each Saturday morning at 09:00 and concludes by noon.
Classroom Locations Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12 Avenue, Vancouver.
Transit / Cycling
Fee $100 (by credit card or e-Transfer) covers all classes, course materials and the exam.
Registration Questions Write our training administrator ([email protected]).

Licence Information And Study Aids

Prior to taking the VECTOR Amateur Radio Operator Certificate 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 ISED Certification Exam and be successful as a qualified Amateur Radio operator.

Background and regulatory information pertinent to the ISED Certification Exam and the Amateur Radio Service can be found at ISED’s web site, including:

Study Aids

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

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

After You Obtain Your Certificate

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.

Other Amateur Radio organizations and clubs: if you have an upcoming course please send to [email protected] dates, details and contact information and we’ll add your course to our website and public calendar so we can refer students to you.