Courses: RAC | RAQIBC | AB | MB | ON | QC | NB | NSNL | PEI

Amateur Radio Basic and Advanced Qualification courses are being provided both online and in person. We are pleased to include information about any courses provided by Canadian Amateur Radio Clubs on this webpage.

In addition, both Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) and Radio Amateur du Québec Inc. (RAQI) also provide online courses. 

Note: The following course information is prepared and submitted to us by Amateur Radio clubs and may not be up to date. Please contact the clubs directly using the contact information provided below if you have any questions.

If you would like us to post information about any upcoming courses, please send complete information to Alan Griffin, MarCom Director and TCA Editor at or

Special Introductory Membership to Radio Amateurs of Canada

Once you have completed one of the excellent Basic Qualification Amateur Radio courses provided below and passed your examination to become an Amateur (well done!!), your Amateur Radio Operator’s Certificate will be sent to you along with an offer of a free one-year introductory membership in Radio Amateurs of Canada which includes:

We wish you well in your studies and look forward to hearing from you soon. For more information please contact .

Radio Amateurs of Canada courses

Radio Amateurs of Canada offers both online Basic and Advanced Qualification Amateur Radio Courses so that individuals can get started in Amateur Radio or upgrade their qualifications while continuing to practise social/physical distancing.

Registration is now underway for RAC’s next Basic and Advanced courses as described below.

The RAC Basic Qualification Amateur Radio Course is conducted with the assistance of the Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club (AVARC) of Nova Scotia. The Fall 2022 Basic course will be held on Sundays and Thursdays commencing on Thursday, September 29 and ending on Sunday, December 4. For complete information and to register for this course please visit:

https://www.rac.ca/rac-basic-qualification-amateur-radio-course-fall-2022/

RAC’s online Advanced Certification Course for Fall 2022 will begin on Sunday, September 11 and . The course will be 10 sessions in length and each session will be two hours long.

In order to offer maximum flexibility, we will be running two Advanced courses so students will be able to choose one of the following two options:

  • Sunday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm EDT (12 pm to 2 pm PDT) starting on Sunday, September 11 and ending on Sunday, December 18

Or

  • Monday evenings from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm EDT (5:30 pm to 7:30 pm PDT) starting on Monday, September 12 and ending on Monday, December 19

You can find complete information about our Advanced course at the following link:

RAC Advanced Course for Maple Leaf Operators: Fall 2022

RAC-RAQI logosRAC-RAQI Amateur Radio Course

Radio Amateur du Québec Inc., a provincial association, is pleased to offer a self-paced web-based training course to anyone seeking a Canadian Amateur Radio certificate with Basic qualification.

For Canadians who are working to obtain their Amateur Radio certification this  is particularly useful for those unable to attend courses offered by local clubs.

For more information please visit: https://raqi.ca/node/359

RAC fera la promotion, hors Québec, d’un cours en ligne produit par RAQI pour la formation de nouveaux radioamateurs. Cette approche constitue une manière particulièrement intéressante aux apprentis radioamateurs canadiens qui n’ont pas la chance de pouvoir s’inscrire aux cours des clubs locaux. 

Pour plus d’informations, visitez : https://raqi.ca/node/233

Courses offered by Amateur Radio Clubs

The following course information is prepared and submitted to us by Amateur Radio clubs and may not be up to date. Please contact the clubs directly using the contact information provided below if you have any questions.

British Columbia

The Delta Amateur Radio Society is providing its next radio course starting on October 15. The Basic Amateur Radio Operator Certification Course teaches you how to operate radio equipment in preparation for the government operator examination.

Classes will be held over six weeks with the following schedule:

  • Week 1: Regulations, Ohm’s Law and Power
  • Week 2: Inductors, Capacitors, Semiconductors and Power Supplies
  • Week 3: Transmitters, Receivers, Waves and Propagation
  • Week 4: Transmission Lines and Antennas
  • Week 5: Station Setup, Operation, Interference and Safety
  • Week 6: Final Examination

Classes are held on Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm, at the Boundary Bay Firehall Training Centre (near Boundary Bay Airport) in Delta.

The course is provided by experienced Radio Amateur operators, who all hold Advanced Radio qualifications. We expect to have at least three instructors available in each class.

We have adopted a comprehensive 342-page Coax Publications textbook, “Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide”. Each student will receive a personal copy on the first night of the course. Along with the textbook, you will have unlimited access to the online student success pages.

The registration fee of $120 includes the textbook, handouts, hands-on materials, and the final examination.

Students should bring their own pens and a three-ring binder. You will also need a simple electronic calculator that must be non-programmable for the final exam.

This course is provided by the Delta ARS in cooperation with Delta Fire & Emergency Services and Delta Continuing Education.

For further information please check our course description at https://deltaars.com/radiocourse or contact .

Richmond:

The Richmond Amateur Radio Club (RARC) is offering an online Basic Qualification Amateur Radio from October 1 to November 12.

The RARC Basic Qualification course is structured around 15 hours of instructions with a curriculum based on 100 topics in the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) exam for the Amateur Radio Operator Certificate.

Syllabus for the online version of this course includes additional audio-visual content, interactive presentations and reference handouts to help students obtain a better understanding of the Amateur radio topics and basic radio operations.

Classes are held on five consecutive Saturday mornings starting on October 1 from 9 am to noon, with the exam on November 12. No classes will be held on October 8 due to Thanksgiving long weekend.

The classroom is an Internet-based, online environment using mainstream virtual conferencing tools (i.e. Zoom). Class size will be limited to retain productive discussions and knowledge exchange.

How and where the ISED exam will be conducted following the end of the course depends on safety practices and available venues at that time. Based on current COVID-19 restrictions, plans are to hold the written exam at an open food court area in Richmond where exams for 2021 courses were conducted. Protocols for one-to-one online examinations are presently in place but the option will only be used if written exams are not possible.

Registration fee will include a course Study Guide, reference handouts, instructor notes, Government of Canada (ISED) Basic Qualification exam, and online registration of call sign upon passing exam. Successful students will each receive one year trial membership with RARC.

Payment of registration fee can be made electronically by either PayPal or Interac e-Transfer. Payment information is on the right-hand column of this page.

For complete information please visit the course webpage at:

http://www.richmondarc.ca/rarclub/basic147.html

Surrey, BC and beyond…

Surrey Amateur Radio Communications (SARC) in partnership with the Surrey Emergency Program Amateur Radio (SEPAR), now offers an online Basic course every 10 weeks. In the past year we have certified students of all ages in the BC Lower Mainland and beyond. These new Amateurs came from all levels of society, some with technical backgrounds, most without, as young as 12 years and as old as 85. Some were off-roaders, outdoors people, individuals looking for an interesting new hobby, and those interested in community service or emergency preparedness and staying in touch if the “Big One” hits.

Due to demand, we have added additional classes. The class is entirely online with instruction on seven consecutive Monday evenings and supporting videos available at any time.

Our online instruction offers the same course, with the same material as our classroom version. Our online CANVAS software is in use by universities and is rated among the highest in terms of reliability, ease of use and security. It requires no special software installation and may be accessed by a variety of web browsers on any Internet capable device and any operating system. There are also iOS and Android apps should you prefer those.

The course is divided into 12 modules, matching chapters in our included manual, and each chapter includes the slide presentation, the classroom video and supporting YouTube videos. There are online review quizzes that provide feedback and explanations for each module in the ISED Basic question bank.

The fee for a local student is all-inclusive at $80, but we also have special student and family rates. Because the real learning happens after the course, we include a year’s prospective membership in SARC (a $30 value), with access to our Zoom meetings and presentations.

As long as the current demand persists, we will continue online classes year-round, starting approximately every 10 weeks.

For further information please check our course description at https://bit.ly/SARCcourses, our website at http://ve7sar.net or email 

Thank you and 73,

John Schouten, VE7TI
Lead Instructor –

Nanaimo

The Nanaimo Amateur Radio Association is providing an Advanced Amateur Radio Qualification Course starting in mid-January 2020 and ending in mid-March. The course will run one day a week for about 8 weeks.

Cost: The cost is about $120 (depends on class size) and includes training texts, all necessary materials, and ISED Canada certified examination.

Enrolling: If you or anyone you know would like to take amateur radio training, please contact NARA at

If you have been considering upgrading your qualifications this may very well be your chance! The Advanced certificate will grant you additional privileges such as allowing you to run higher power and to operate your own repeater sites.

Contact:  to register or for more details.

General information about upcoming radio courses can be found at:

http://www.ve7na.ca/cms/training

North Vancouver

Licensing Course for the Basic Amateur Radio Qualification Course is conducted by the North Shore Amateur Radio Club of Vancouver British Columbia.

The course for the Advanced Amateur Radio Operator Certificate is regularly conducted every second year by the North Shore Amateur Radio Club of Vancouver British Columbia.

For more information visit the club website at http://www.nsarc.ca/and click on Courses in the menu at the top left.

Vancouver

The Vancouver Emergency Community Telecommunications Organization (VECTOR) Amateur Radio certificate Preparation & Examination Course can help you prepare for and obtain your Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada) Amateur Radio certificate. Our proven syllabus and experienced instructors will help you internalize the knowledge required to obtain your certificate regardless of your current level of radio, technical or policy knowledge.

VECTOR offers three or more six-week training courses annually. Each course concludes with a certificate exam administered by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada approved examiners. This popular course routinely fills up quickly so don’t delay, register today!

Contact: 

For further information please visit: http://vectorradio.ca/training/amateur-radio-certificate-course/

Vernon – North Okanagan Area

The North Okanagan Radio Amateur Club (NORAC) is providing Basic Amateur Radio Qualification Courses approximately once a year (fall, winter or spring).

The course consists of 12 sessions held two evenings per week over 6-8 weeks. This provides a small group of interested people with plenty of time for education, questions and review of the course material.

Classes are supported by our local Amateur Radio operators, instructors, and examiner. Please reach out and get on the waiting list so you can be contacted when the next course is coming together. Please our check our website for further details.

Contact:

Website: https://norac.bc.ca

Victoria

The Westcoast Amateur Radio Association (WARA) offers the Basic Amateur Radio Course by in person instruction.

For current/upcoming class information please go to the WARA website and click on http://www.ve7vic.ca/education-department/

To sign up for the class, go to our Education Contact page at
http://www.ve7vic.ca/education-department-contact

The Victoria Communications Club In Victoria BC, offers courses in the following:

  • Building IRLP simplex nodes from second hand computers and radios
  • Antenna construction
  • RF design, tools and construction of homebrew radio equipment
  • Building personal phone patches

The club meets at 204-2526 Government Street on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm.

Alberta

Calgary Amateur Radio Association: Basic course begins September 12

Registration is now open for the Basic Amateur Radio Course which will begin on September 12 and run until December 19. Note: There will be no class on Thanksgiving.

The course will be held at the Bowness Scout Hall, 8551 Bowness Rd NW, Calgary. There will be 14 sessions over 15 weeks.

Click here to view and register: https://caraham.org/event-4885254

The Advanced Amateur Radio Course is scheduled to begin on January  16 and run for 16 weeks at the Bowness Scout Hall, 8551 Bowness Rd NW, Calgary.

Note that you need to purchase the training books (see our website) prior to the class. The Basic class is based on the Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide, and the Advanced class is based on the Advanced Qualification Study Guide .

If you have any questions, please contact the Training Coordinator at

These classes are listed on our website at: http://caraham.org/Getting-Training

Ontario

Barrie

The Barrie Amateur Radio Club offers a Basic Qualification Course once each year starting in January or early February.

The course consists of 10 evening classes approximately 2 to 2-1/2 hours long starting at 7 pm on Wednesday evenings. The final exam is given on the 11th evening.

The total cost is $100 which includes the latest Basic Qualification Study Guide from Coax Publications, a USB memory stick with course notes and much information on Amateur Radio, and the final exam by an ISED Accredited Examiner.

Those who successfully pass the exam and receive a call sign will also receive a full membership in the Barrie Amateur Radio Club for the remainder of that membership year.

The course is currently being held on Google Meet video conferencing during Covid19.

The course is normally held at the Eastview Secondary School (421 Grove Street East) in Barrie, Ontario. Check the club webpage for details.

Contact:

Website: https://barriearc.com/

Belleville

The Quinte Amateur Radio club offers a course for the Basic Amateur Radio certificate based on demand. Please check the QARC website for information on when and where courses will be held in the Belleville area.

Website: www.quintearc.ca

Burlington

Burlington

The Burlington Amateur Radio Club (BARC) will offer an online Course for the Basic Certificate. The Course starts on Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Classes will be held using Zoom.

Our classes are delivered by five experienced educators with more than 125 years of Amateur Radio operating experience.

When you share our commitment to your success, your success is on the way!

Cost: $100 includes: BARC membership, all necessary course materials and the exam.
 
 

Kitchener-Waterloo

The Kitchener-Waterloo Amateur Radio Club (KWARC)  offered a Basic Amateur Radio Course in the Spring of 2022 as follows:

Date: Starting at 7:30 pm on March 24, 2020, and running until June 9, 2020.

Place: St John Ambulance, 250 Gage Ave, Kitchener

This course will be a condensed version of the full course offered by various clubs. Participants will be expected to study course materials in advance independently, as well as attend the classroom sessions. The classroom program would consist of an introduction to Amateur Radio, meet the instructors, introduction to Internet self-study, and a discussion of the timetable on Tuesday, March 24.

On subsequent nights there would be various hands-on demonstrations, a practice exam on Tuesday May 26 and a Government Examination conducted by the Club Examiner on June 9. There would be seven classroom sessions from 7:30 pm to 10 pm, held at the St John Ambulance facility, 250 Gage Avenue, Kitchener.

Course instructors will be Roger Sanderson, VE3RKS, Gord Hayward VE3EOS, David Sullivan, VE3RBA, Tim Vegh, VA3TMV, Jonathan Fritz, VA3JFZ, Vic DiCiccio, VE3YT, Dan Damianoff, VA3IDD,and Rick Goetze, VE3ZUP.

Eligibility:  This course is open to anyone; however, enrollment is limited. For practical reasons, the class size is capped at 30 students.

Cost/Registration: Free with a $25 one-year membership in KWARC. (Normal membership is $36.) Bring cash or cheque payable to “KW Amateur Radio Club” to the first meeting.

Included: Free parking, 10 weeks training sessions including exam. One-year Associate Club Membership

Not Included: Course Material:  Check with the instructor for which Study Guide to order through the RAC website.

Contact: Roger Sanderson, VE3RKS, at 

Website: www.kwarc.org/kw-class.html

Mississauga

The Mississauga Amateur Radio Club VE3MIS holds a course each year in Mississauga to provide you with the knowledge to pass your Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada) Basic Qualification Amateur Radio examination to obtain your Amateur Radio certificate. Basic courses usually start in September and run until mid-December.

An Advanced Course is usually held the beginning in January and runs until March. This course will provide you with all of the information required to obtain your optional Advanced endorsement. The club also holds an optional Morse Code Course leading to your CW endorsement if sufficient students enroll.

Accredited Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada examiners are available in the club to administer the examinations as part of the class. RAC Study Guides are used for the Basic and Advanced Courses.

For more information on time, location, study materials and fees, visit our website.

You may also write us at:

Mississauga ARC
Attention: Education Manager
P.O. Box 2003
Square One Post Office
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C6

Website: www.marc.on.ca

Niagara Region

Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club

Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club offers Basic Qualification training, typically every year, per demand.
 
Information may be found at the club’s website: https://nparc.ca.
 
 

Oshawa

The North Shore Amateur Radio Club, Inc. located in Oshawa, Ontario will be hosting a virtual Basic training course this fall. The first class will start on Thursday, September 22.

The course consists of 20 evening classes approximately 2 to 2-1/2 hours long starting at 7 pm on Thursday evenings. The final exam is given on the 21th evening by an ISED Accredited Examiner.

The total cost is $60 which does not include the latest Basic Qualification Study Guide from Coax Publications. Students will be required to purchase this study guide from a dealer of Coax Publications.

Those who successfully pass the exam and receive a call sign will also receive a full year membership in the North Shore Amateur Radio Club for one year.

The course will be held on Zoom video conferencing. Upon successful course registration, an email with the Zoom link will be sent.

Check the club webpage for further details and a copy of the course information.

Contact: Derek Christian, VE3TKE

E-Mail:

Website: https://www.ve3osh.com/

Ottawa

The Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club offers an Amateur Radio course each year for those wishing to acquire a “Certificate of Proficiency in Amateur Radio” (Basic Radio Amateur qualification) from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada)  to operate an Amateur Radio station. Please see the OVMRC website for information on when and where the courses are held.

Website: ovmrc.on.ca/radio-course.htm

Toronto

The Central Toronto Amateur Radio Club offers a variety of Amateur Radio certification courses throughout the year, including certification for the:

Basic Qualification
Advanced Qualification
Morse Code Qualification

For more information about upcoming courses, please check out the club’s website at:

Contact: Central Toronto ARC

Website: http://va3cta.net/pages/get-a-certificate

Quebec

Montreal

The Montreal Amateur Radio Club offers an 11-week course held on Saturday mornings starting in January for the Basic Qualification. It also offers, with sufficient demand, a course for the Advanced Qualification, held on Saturday mornings starting in late August or early September.Classes are held in the Notre-Dame-de-Grace area for between two to three hours each week.

Contact: Montreal ARC

Website: https://www.marc.ca/course/

RAC-RAQI Amateur Radio Course

Radio Amateur du Québec Inc., a provincial association, is pleased to offer a self-paced web-based training course to anyone seeking a Canadian Amateur Radio certificate with Basic qualification.

For Canadians who are working to obtain their Amateur Radio certification this  is particularly useful for those unable to attend courses offered by local clubs.

For more information please visit: https://raqi.ca/node/359

RAC fera la promotion, hors Québec, d’un cours en ligne produit par RAQI pour la formation de nouveaux radioamateurs. Cette approche constitue une manière particulièrement intéressante aux apprentis radioamateurs canadiens qui n’ont pas la chance de pouvoir s’inscrire aux cours des clubs locaux.

Pour plus d’informations, visitez : https://raqi.ca/node/233

New Brunswick

Fredericton

Please share this with anyone you think might be interested.

Would you like to:

  • communicate with people around the world without the use of phones or the Internet?
  • experiment with electronics?
  • interface radio transmitters with your computer?
  • serve your community at public events or during serious emergency situations?
  • talk to astronauts aboard the International Space Station, or communicate through satellites?
  • develop new relationships and learn what is going on around world through the airwaves?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then Amateur Radio (Ham Radio) may be for you!

The Fredericton Amateur Radio Club is offering a providing an Basic Amateur Radio Qualification Course starting in January 2020. For more information please visit the club website at www.ve9nd.ca

Website: www.ve9nd.ca

Nova Scotia

New Online Basic Qualification Amateur Radio Course

In response to the current Covid-19 crisis, Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that it is introducing a new online Amateur Radio course so that individuals can obtain their Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification while continuing to practise social/physical distancing.

The course will be conducted with the assistance of the Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club (AVARC) of Nova Scotia.

Course information:

Date: The course will start on Thursday, April 16 and will finish in mid-June.

Time: Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 8:30 (1800 – 2030) Eastern Time (1900 – 2130 Atlantic Time) and Sunday afternoons 1 pm to 3:30 pm (1300 – 1530) Eastern Time (1400 – 1630 Atlantic Time).

Cost: The registration fee for the course is $50 plus GST/HST. The cost of the Basic Study Guide is extra and an order link will be provided upon completion of payment.

For more information about the course please visit:

https://www.rac.ca/basic-radio-course/

Prince Edward Island

Charlettown

The Charlottetown Amateur Radio Club is organizing an in-person Basic Qualification Amateur Radio Course starting September 7, 2022.
 
The class will run each Wednesday evening for 12 weeks, with the last class and exam night scheduled for November 23. The cost will be $100 and will include the Coax Publications study guide.
 
The course will be held in person at the Canadian Red Cross (PEI) HQ, 29 Paramount Drive in Charlottetown. There will be a limit on seats, so early registration is strongly encouraged. If the class fills up we will take names for a second class to be held early in 2023.
 
Interested persons can visit the Club’s website (embedded links above and below) and make contact and/or register.
 
Brent Taylor, VY2HF/W1PJ
Stratford, PEI, Canada
(RAC) Certified Emergency Coordinator
Industry Canada Accredited Examiner: Aviation and Amateur Radio Licensing

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Newfoundland

St. John’s

The Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA) offers an Amateur Radio Basic qualification examination preparation course this winter, pending sufficient enrollment.

This course will assist you in preparing for the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (formerly Industry Canada) written exam. Internet access is required for this course.

Course fee is $85.00 payable by cheque or cash and includes course material and examination. Seats are limited. If you would like to participate, please contact Ken.

Contact: Ken – VO1ST