Foundation Course AND ASSESSMENTS Details

Thank you for inquiring about our Amateur Radio Foundation Licence course and assessments.

We have Partnered with ARNSW to hold assessments at their DURAL premises until our premises are ready after renovation.

Please check their website  :=

Training and Assessments are also  available online.


Please Register at Least 2 Weeks ahead to ensure you have a place


(due to our usual premises still being under renovation).

10 & 11 July 2021 – At ARNSW Dural


Below please find our procedures and prerequisites.

  • There are no educational, age, citizenship or residential prerequisites.
  • Morse code knowledge is not required.
  • Any applicant who requires any form of  Special Assessment in completing their exam or practical assessment must notify us of the details at least three weeks prior to the Scheduled exam.



What to bring with you

Costs involved
(Subject to change by AMC, or ACMA   )

Type of Licence Itemised $
Foundation Course & Facility  Fee (whether you choose to attend the course or not) 25
  Foundation Licence Manual (recommended but optional) 28
  Foundation Theory & Regulations Assessment Fee 90
  AMC Callsign Recommendation fee-Level 1 (next available) 25
  ACMA-First Year Amateur Radio Licence Fee -(Invoiced directly by ACMA & not paid during the course.) 80
  T O T A L 248

Note 1 : The AMC fee for Callsigns Recommendation is  outlined here:

  • If you are paying by cash please ensure that you bring the exact amount required. The course & assessment fee of $90 ( is required per person to reserve your place. (by Cheque, direct bank deposit (Waverley Amateur Radio Society, BSB 732-051, A/C 71-6694), cash at a meeting or Paypal to
  •  The ACMA will send an invoice for (currently) $80  for the first years licence fee, upon successful completion of the course and review of the documentation. Subsequent years annual licence fee will be invoiced by the ACMA directly and is currently $55.
  • CANCELLATION FEE $ 25: If you cancel more than a week before the course, no cancellation fee will be charged, otherwise $25. The balance of your registration fee will be refunded via the same method as you used to pay. If we cancel we will refund all amounts received.
  • The reservation form can be completed and lodged online above (preferred), or printed, filled out manually and emailed or posted to us: Wars-Course Reservation-Rev01-11B

    Email to  or post to PO Box 634, Rose Bay NSW 2029

  • There are limited places and no guarantees can be made of places. We must have advance notice of your intention to attend because if we don’t have sufficient pre-booked candidates we may cancel or postpone the course, or if we have too many, you will not get a place.

Foundation Licence Handbook

If you are a Foundation Licence candidate, you should obtain and read the Foundation Licence Handbook ($28 collected or $37 posted). You should read this book at least once before the course; however, some individuals have successfully obtained licences by just attending the course.

You might benefit by watching some of the Foundation Licence Tutorials (especially the one on Practical assessments) at  The School of Radio & Electronics web site

This book is usually available at our clubhouse and you may pick one up on the following days:

  • Meeting night (on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM)
  • Project day (on the 1st Saturday of each Month at 2:00-5.00 PM)
  • Working Bee days (on most Tuesdays from 10 AM to 3 PM).

It is also available by mail from the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) (

Candidates for Standard & Advanced Licenses will have studied separately (often via the online Radio & Electronics School ) and need to pass the Theory exam, the Regulations exam and the Practical Assessment. If they are upgrading from a Foundation or Standard License they need not complete the Practical Assessment.

Advanced candidates with Standard Licences need only sit for the Advanced Theory assessment,  as the Regulations Assessment and Practical Assessment for Standard and Advanced Licenses are the same.

All are welcome to attend the Foundation course because there are practical exercises during the course. This is included in the examination facility fee.

The weekend Foundation Licence course starts on Saturday at 9 AM until approx. 5 PM. It continues on Sunday from 9 AM to approx. 5 PM (sometimes ending a little later depending upon the number of candidates). Please arrive by 8:45 am each day.

Our Location is the Scout Hall, Vickery Avenue, Rose Bay. There is parking available. See here for map & directions: Where to Find Us

Contact numbers: Raffy 0412 196 976, Eric 0414 528 629

The course comprises one and a half days followed by assessments. The coursework will be based on the Foundation Licence Handbook, plus practical exercises including radio station assembly and on-air procedures.

Lunch is at your own expense and is usually available at the Rose Bay RSL club (next door) or from one of several takeaway shops in Rose Bay, which is a short walk away.


Foundation and other Assessments start about after lunch Sunday. However, Standard & Advanced assessments might be able to take place on Sunday morning, depending on the availability of sufficient assessors and free space. We will notify you in advance.

Type of Assessment Duration Pass Mark
Practical Assessment 30 – 45 Minutes 100%
The following are multiple choice exams    
Foundation Theory & Regulations 30 Minutes 70%
Advanced Theory 90 Minutes 70%
Standard Theory 60 Minutes 70%
Non-Foundation Regulations 30 Minutes 70%

The assessments are marked immediately and you will be informed of the result shortly after the exam/assessment.


If you are successful in all applicable assessments, the relevant Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA)  application forms for an Amateur Radio Licence will be completed and sent together with the assessments to the Australian Maritime College for confirmation and issue of a competency certificate. Then they will automatically be forwarded to the ACMA for the issue of a Licence. Currently, this could take between two to four weeks.

The ACMA will send an invoice for $80  for the first years licence fee, upon successful completion of the course and review of the documentation.

In your application to the AMC/ACMA, you can request which callsign you would like to be issued. (If you wish a particular callsign, we suggest you also include an alternative in case your first choice has been allocated to someone else before your application is processed.)

Since late 2020, any licencee  in NSW can happly for the  VK2 prefix plus any 3 letter suffix that is available. E.g. VK2YES

You can check  whether your preferred callsign has already been issued to someone else here:

If you have any further questions, please email .

We request that you advise your proposed attendance as soon as possible, and we look forward to seeing you at the course.

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