Licensing, Education & Training

What's New?

On July 21, 2014, the FCC revised the Amateur Service Part 97 rules to grant partial written examination element credit to holders of expired General, Advanced and Extra licenses. 

Information for VEs can be found on the VE Resources web page in the section
titled "New Exam Element Credit".  Additional information and clarification is
located on the Exam Element Credit web page.

List your 2015 ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) sponsored exam sessions quickly and easily using our online form.  Registering well in advance of the exam date ensures the information reaches potential candidates!

ARRL's Teachers Institute is accepting applications for Summer 2015. For the full schedule click here

ARISS: The proposal window is now open for educational organizations looking to host contacts with the ISS in 2016.  For the full Proposal Guide and Form please click here.

ARRL Registered Instructors may list upcoming classes on our website using our online form.


Be a Radio Amateur

Want to get an Amateur Radio license or upgrade? Want to help others get licensed or teach using ham radio? Looking for public service training or serving as part of ARRL’s ARES field training team? You can even arrange an Amateur Radio contact for your students with the International Space Station!

Why should I get licensed?

Before you go on air, you need to be licensed and know the rules.  Learn More

Be a Volunteer Examiner

Volunteer Examiners (VEs) are licensed radio amateurs holding a General Class license or higher, who offer their time to administer the FCC licensing tests.
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  • Find A License Class

    Find a license class offered in your local area. Learn More

  • Find an Exam Session

    Find a ham radio exam session in your community. Tests are given regularly. Learn More

  • FCC License Info and Forms

    ARRL can provide helpful FCC information about licensing requirements, forms, fees and regulations. Learn More

  • Get on the Air

    You've got your license, now what? Find resources to help you set up your first station, get on the air and have fun! Learn More

  • Ham Radio in the Classroom

    Bring Amateur Radio and wireless technology literacy to America's classrooms. Learn More

  • College Students and Educators

    Check out Amateur Radio resources for college/university-level STEM students and educators interested in RF and communications. Learn More

  • Youth

    Ham Radio is FUN! Find resources for getting active and getting on-the-air... Learn More


    The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station program provides a thrilling introduction to space exploration. Learn More

  • Volunteer Instructors

    Teaching a ham radio class? Here's a collection of resources for volunteer instructors, radio clubs and mentors (Elmers). Learn More

  • Online Courses

    Courses are currently available for Public Service and Emergency Communications. Learn More