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Support provided by the BMARC Education Team

The BMARC Education team offers training and assessment at all levels of the Amateur Radio Licensing scheme

There are three levels of licensing :

* Foundation License – (the entry level),
* Standard License, and
* Advanced License.

Training and assessment for Foundation License takes a commitment of only one weekend. See below for more details.
Standard and Advanced training takes place one night per week over 6 months.

The course explanation sheet gives more detail about the training provided by the BMARC Education Team. This application to enrol in a BMARC Foundation Course could be your first step towards a great new hobby or even a career in electronics. Why not fill one out now?

About the Foundation License
A Foundation License provides an easy first step into the world of Amateur Radio. The following two documents explain the privileges and requirements of Foundation Licenses.

* About the Foundation License
* The new Foundation License – Your entry into Amateur Radio

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) is is the peak body representing Australian Amateur Radio Operators to the various government bodies in this country and is a member of the International Amateur Radio Union. This link will take you to the page on the Foundation License. Take the time to browse this website generally. There is information here about licensing, band plans, contests and books along with many other amateur radio related topics.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is the Australian regulator responsible for, amongst other things, radio communications. There is large amounts of information available on this web site relevant to amateur radio operators but this link will take you straight to the section on amateur licensing.

Foundation License Training provided by BMARC

Keep an eye on the news page of this website for upcoming Foundation License training dates or email the Education Manager using the link below.

The next Foundation Radio course will be held as soon as we have a sufficient number of interested people to form a class. Normally, we have set aside the second weekend of each even month.

The course is usually conducted at the club hall over one weekend. (Please note the venue may vary and you need to register your interest with the Education Manager so that you are advised of venue changes.) The course commences at 08:30 a.m. each day. It finishes at approximately 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1.30 p.m. on Sunday. Adequate breaks are taken for a leg stretch and comfort.

You will need to bring

Your copy of the Foundation Manual. For best results you should read this manual before attending the course. The manual is available from the WIA bookshop or from the Blue Mountains Amateur Radio Club. The Club holds stocks of the Foundation Manual as well as the Standard/Advanced licence textbook, Radio Theory Handbook by Ron Bertrand.
Lunch for Saturday
A notepad and pen/pencil
YOU WILL NEED SOME FORM OF PHOTO IDENTIFICATION – This is particularly important for any person who does not hold a drivers license. Student Photo ID, Passport is fine.
A 35 X 45mm passport size colour photo. This MUST be on quality photo paper. Photos printed on plain paper are NOT acceptable.

Schedule of assessment fees.

Foundation includes 3 assessments: $75.00
Standard / Advanced Regulations: $75.00
Standard / Advanced Theory: $75.00
Practical taken alone: $65.00
If you are 18 years old or younger all fees are: $35.00 per assessment.
WIA Fee of RPL (Recognition of prior learning): $100.00

In addition the WIA applies a fee for callsign allocation

Callsign Recommendation level 1: $5.00
Callsign Recommendation level 2:
(A 3 or 4 letter callsign if available, 2 choices)
$20.00
Callsign Recommendation level 3:
(A 2 letter callsign in NSW, QLD and Vic)
$48.00
Callsign Recommendation level 4:
(Special event)
$25.00

ACMA Fee

The ACMA fee for a new license is currently: $73.00 per annum, and $5 for the next available callsign or
$75.00 and $20 for your choice of callsign from those available.

A $49.00 fee is charged by the ACMA to update an existing license (if you upgrade), and $5 for the next available callsign OR $49.00 and $20 for your choice of callsign from those available.

We have no control over the above fees, which can be paid in cash to BMARC or each candidate has the option to pay by credit card.

BMARC however, applies a $20.00 fee per candidate to cover both rental and postage.

All payments to BMARC are cash only, we do not accept cheques.

Receipts will be issued for all cash payments to BMARC

Please be aware all of the above fees are subject to change without notice.

For more information or to register your interest please contact the BMARC Education Manager.