How to Become a Volunteer Examiner

If you would like to become a Volunteer Examiner (VE) with the Anchorage ARC VEC, here is how to go about becoming certified.


If you meet the following list of requirements, then you can make application to become a VE:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be a US citizen
  • You must hold a valid FCC-issued Amateur Radio license of General, Advanced, or Extra class
  • Your license must have never been revoked or suspended for cause
  • You must agree to abide by the policies and procedures set forth by the Anchorage ARC VEC, Inc.

Who can give what test:

  • EXTRA class license holders can give tests for everything (Elements 2, 3, and 4)
  • ADVANCED class licensees can give tests for Technician and General class only (Elements 2 and 3)
  • GENERAL class licensees can give tests for Technician class only (Element 2)
  • TECHNICIAN, NOVICE, and CONDITIONAL class licensees are not permitted to be Volunteer Examiners with the AnchorageARC VEC

Note: As of April 15, 2000, no new tests are being administered for ADVANCED or NOVICE class licenses. Individuals holding such licenses may renew them as long as they wish.  Also, testing for Morse Code is no longer required.

Applying to become a Volunteer Examiner (VE)

You apply to become a volunteer examiner by entering some personal data, such as your name, Amateur call sign, mailing address, and contact information on a standard application form. You must certify that certain statements on the form are correct and that you agree with the terms and conditions detailed on the application form.

The application for becoming a Volunteer Examiner is available as a web or paper form. Paper forms are included in exam kits that have been mailed out for those who are interested.  Use the provided form to apply to become a VE with the Anchorage ARC VEC. Be sure you read the form and agree to the conditions it contains before signing and submitting it. If you do not agree with these conditions, we cannot accept your application.

There is an open-book examination that must be completed which can be taken online through a link provided by the VEC Chairman, or if an applicant does not have access to the internet, a paper application package can be mailed out. This examination is intended to make sure new volunteer examiners are familiar with the basic requirements and procedures of the volunteer examiner program.  A score of 80% is required to pass and missed questions will be reviewed with the applicant prior to being accredited.

Once you have submitted your application, it will be reviewed by the Anchorage ARC VEC Chairman to confirm you are indeed eligible to become a VE. As soon as your application is approved, you will be sent a link to take the online examination. If you don’t have access to the internet, please inform the Chairman and an application package will be mailed out to you. Once you pass the examination, your name and contact information will be entered into a database of all Anchorage ARC Volunteer Examiners statewide. Please note that we no longer send out VE wallet cards. Instead, the Chairman will send you a printed certificate and also list your name on the web site to provide public proof of being accredited with the Anchorage ARC VEC.

Online Application
Paper Application (pdf format)