ARRL

Licensing, Education & Training

Be a Radio Amateur

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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


What's New?

EXAM SESSIONS 
List your 2017 (and beyond) 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!


FCC QUESTION POOL REVISED FOR JULY 1, 2016
The FCC question pool for Amateur Radio Extra license exams has been revised and will be effective for exams conducted on or after July 1, 2016. ARRL will produce new study materials in preparation for the new Extra exam. Manuals will be available the first week of May at the ARRL store


NEW INSTRUCTOR'S MANUAL 
ARRL has produced a new Technician and General Class Instructor’s Manual which provides lesson plans that follow the current Technician student study manual, the 3rd edition of the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, and the new 8th edition of the ARRL General Class License Manual.


Be a Volunteer Examiner

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


Resources

  • 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

  • ARISS

    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