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Resources for VEs

Resources for VEs

PRINT EXAMS

  • VE Exam Maker Software

    A software program for Windows® and Mac® to generate printed exams.

  • Software Information

    The ARRL VE Exam Maker software package is available to ARRL VEs from the
    ARRL VE Exam Maker Software Page. VE log-in will be required for access.
    The VE Exam Maker Software can only be downloaded by VEs that are accredited
    and registered with ARRL VEC.

    This software program is capable of updating question pools, specifications and
    software directly online.

    The download page requires Adobe Flash Player. You may be prompted to upgrade
    the installed version of Flash Player if you do not have a recent version installed.

  • Log-in Instructions


    ARRL VEs with an ARRL Membership

    To access the VE Exam Maker Software, log in to your ARRL online account.

    Once logged in, go to the VE Exam Maker Software page and follow the installation instructions.

    ARRL Members not registered online or who have forgotten their online
    password should visit the Member Support page for assistance.
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    ARRL VEs without an ARRL Membership

    • Click the on the VE Exam Maker install link located on the VE Exam Maker Software page, then click the “cancel” button located in the log-in box.
    • You will be redirected to the “Log-In Required” page, where you will “Request a Password” using your call sign and email address. The email address you use for the request must be the email address on file with the VEC department.

    • After you receive the password via email, you will then be able to log-in to the VE Exam Maker software download page with your username (your current call sign) and password. Click on the VE Exam Maker install link located on the VE Exam Maker Software page. Follow the install and download instructions located on the software page.
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    Error Messages
    After a failed attempt to “Request a Password” a message will appear at
    the top of the “Log-In Required” page that states: Failure - There is no
    matching ARRL VEC record. Contact ARRL VEC for assistance.

    If you have not informed us of your email address or if your record is out
    of date, you will have to contact ARRL VEC to update your information.

    Twenty-four to 48 hours after we verify and update your VE email address
    record, you will be able to submit the online password request and
    receive a password via email.

    On the VE Exam Maker Software page, click on the VE Exam Maker
    install link. Log-in to the VE Exam Maker software install page with
    your username (your current call sign) and password. Follow the
    install and download instructions located on the software page.

VEC EXAM BOOKLETS

  • List of Current ARRL VEC Exam Booklets

    VE Teams officially Field-Stocked by the ARRL VEC with a bulk quantity of our exam materials should check our VEC Exam Booklets page periodically to ensure your VEC printed exam booklets are up-to-date.

    Replenish your Field-Stocked exam supplies via our interactive web form. Go Now.

ARRL VEC FORMS

FCC RULES

  • Part 97: Amateur Radio Service Rules and Regulations

    Subpart F: Qualifying Examinations Systems govern the VEC program.

  • NEW Exam Element Credit

     

    FCC rules, candidate information and VE instructions related to
    exam element credit. 

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    Information Pertaining to FCC Element Credit Rule Changes

    The FCC has revised the Amateur Service Part 97 rules to grant written examination element credit to holders of expired General, Advanced and Extra licenses. The new rules became effective 30 days after their publication in The Federal Register, which was Monday July 21, 2014.

    Expired license holders will not automatically receive credit on that day and may not operate as a new licensee.

    The FCC requires former licensees — those falling outside the 2-year grace period — to pass Element 2 (Technician) in order to be relicensed.

    To take advantage of the new rule, holders of expired licenses must attend an exam session. There they would present a photo ID and their expired license proof, pay the $15 exam session processing fee and take the Technician exam.

    If an applicant held a General or Advanced license, and has proof, the FCC will afford credit for the General (Element 3) written exam only. If an applicant held an Extra license, and has proof, the FCC will afford credit for the General (Element 3) and Extra (Element 4) written exams. At VE exam sessions it is the applicant (not the VEs or coordinating VEC) who is responsible for supplying the evidence of holding valid expired license credit. Acceptable forms of proof can be found on the Exam Element Credit web page. 

    If sufficient proof is not presented, the candidate has the option of taking the Tech exam and earning just a new Tech license and then attending an exam session at a later date when they have the proper documentation. As always, the candidate will have to show a photo ID, present the proof, pay the $15 exam session processing fee and fill out all forms to receive the paper upgrade. The upgrade is not automatic and may NOT be sent directly to the FCC or to the VEC by the candidate.

    Expired licensees will not automatically get their old call sign back. FCC will issue a new sequentially issued call sign. If they desire to obtain their old call sign they may try to do so through the FCC vanity call sign program. However, someone else may have already obtained their old call sign as a vanity call sign and therefore it would not be available.


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    VE Teams -- How to Fill out Forms

    At a session, the candidate must present a photo ID and their expired license credit, pay the $15 test session fee and fill out the NCVEC form 605. If the Element 2 written exam is passed and the expired license proof is valid, the VE team will issue the candidate a CSCE for the upgrade to a general or extra class license depending on the documentation presented.

    VE teams may continue to use the current CSCEs and Candidate Rosters until we print new versions to include the expired license credit.

    On the current CSCE indicate which (if any) elements were passed by circling them. If no elements were passed at the session, cross out all Exam Elements Earned on the form. Depending on which level of an expired license is presented as proof, circle the New License Class Earned on the CSCE.

    On the current Candidate Roster you will indicate which (if any) elements were passed or failed as you normally would. For applicants that present expired licenses as credit you will write “CL” for license credit in the appropriate column or columns (Element 3 and/or Element 4 column) depending on which level of an expired license is presented as proof. Then fill in the License Earned at the session in that column.
    An example of how to fill out the candidate roster can be found on the website at
    New Candidate Roster  (see page 2 of PDF). This file also includes a sample of the new Candidate Roster (see page 1 of PDF) which if you prefer, you may print out and use at your exam sessions.

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    For your reference, we have created an easy to follow Element Credit table to help you determine how to handle candidate’s at your exam sessions. 
    A printable version can be found here Element Credit Table and Information.   
    Remember the burden of proof falls on the candidate, not the VE team or the VEC.

     

    ELEMENT CREDIT TABLE

     

    License Class

    Element Credit Given

    Exam to Pass

    License Earned

     

    Expired Novice

    none

    Element 2

    Technician

     

    Current Novice

    none

    Element 2

    Technician

     

    Expired Technician issued

    3/21/1987 or LATER

    none

    Element 2

    Technician

     
     

    Expired Technician issued

    BEFORE 3/21/1987

    Element 3

    Element 2

    General

     
     

    Current Technician issued

    3/21/1987 or LATER

    Element 2

    Element 3

    General

     
     

    Current Technician issued

    BEFORE 3/21/1987

    Elements 2 and 3

    none

    General

     
     

    Current Technician

    with old expired General

    Elements 2 and 3

    none

    General

     
     

    Current Technician

    with old expired Advanced

    Elements 2 and 3

    none

    General

     
     

    Current Technician

    with old expired Extra

    Elements 2, 3 and 4

    none

    Extra

     
     

    Expired General

    Element 3

    Element 2

    General

     

    Current General

    Elements 2 and 3

    Element 4

    Extra

     

    Expired Advanced

    Element 3

    Element 2

    General

     

    Current Advanced

    Elements 2 and 3

    Element 4

    Extra

     

    Expired Extra

    Elements 3 and 4

    Element 2

    Extra

     

     

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    Post Session Process

    The VE Team must prepare and mail all session paperwork to the coordinating VEC. Once the session arrives at the VEC, in accordance with FCC rules, the VEC staff must verify all session documentation. All 605 forms and CSCEs must have the candidate’s signature and 3 VE signatures. The documents used for expired license exam element credit must be validated and the test documents must be confirmed as being passed. Finally, the session data and information from the 605 forms can then be keyed and submitted to the FCC.

    The FCC has mandated that all paperwork only upgrades be done through a VEC via their VE Teams. As always, the candidate will have to show a photo ID, present the proof, pay the $15 exam session processing fee and fill out all forms to receive the paper upgrade. The upgrade is not automatic and may NOT be sent directly to the FCC or to the VEC by the candidate (again the paperwork only upgrade must occur at a test session and follow FCC exam session guidelines).

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    Additional information is located on the Exam Element Credit web page and on the Element Credit Table and Information form


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POST SESSION

  • Shipping Exam Session Packages to VEC

    The preferred method of shipping exam session packages to the ARRL VEC is
    United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class Mail with an ARRL VEC supplied
    pre-paid postage label
    . Please contact the ARRL VEC for alternate shipping methods.

  • Using United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class Mail

    For shipping your exam session results to ARRL VEC office via First Class Mail, simply affix the self-adhesive business-reply label to the white self-seal envelope or any plain envelope and present your exam session package at any post office, or place it in a convenient nearby postal service drop box, or simply hand it to your postal carrier. The postage will be billed to our ARRL VEC Business-Reply Account.

    Include the teams’ or the Liaisons’ return address on the envelope. USPS stipulates that this information must be displayed on the envelope. Any post office can refuse a package that does not have a return name and address label attached.  We request your assistance in making the most effective use of this service by processing and shipping your sessions as soon as possible but no later than ten days after the exam.

CANDIDATES

ARRL VEC EXAM FEE

  • Candidates and VE Teams

    Information for VE Teams and examinees on the current ARRL VEC exam fee.

  • Examination Fee

    Each examinee at each ARRL VEC coordinated examination session is charged the same fee in accordance with an annually established fee schedule.

    The fee charged the examinee is the actual out-of-pocket costs incurred in preparing, processing and administering that particular examination.

    If a fee is collected, it may be used to reimburse out-of-pocket expenses regardless of whether the examinee passes or fails the examination or even if the examinee fails to appear for the designated examination session.

    Check the ARRL VEC’s current exam fee.

  • VE Team Expense Reimbursement

    FCC permits VECs and VEs to be reimbursed for out-of-pocket costs incurred in preparing, processing and administering examinations.

    Check the ARRL VEC’s current reimbursement policy.