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:

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age
  2. You must be a US citizen
  3. You must hold a valid FCC-issued Amateur Radio license of General, Advanced, or Extra class
  4. Your license must have never been revoked or suspended for cause
  5. 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 Anchorage 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.

There is an open-book examination that must be completed which is taken online. 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 85% is required to pass; missed questions will be reviewed with the applicant prior to being accredited.   

Once you have submitted your application, it will be reviewed by the Chairman, Anchorage ARC VEC 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.  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 fact that your name appears on our VEC website serves as your proof of certification. 

Exams are administered by using prepared exam “kits”.  Each kit contains all the materials needed to administer an exam session, including a step by step guide explaining the process. You may access the examiner’s instruction guide on this website. Click here to view the examiner’s guide.

VE Application form:

The application for becoming a Volunteer Examiner is available as a web form; the link is provided below.  Use this 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. These conditions are listed under “certification” on the form. If you do not agree with these conditions, we cannot accept your application.

You will ALSO need to complete the online open book test for this to be a complete submission. After you submit this application, it will be reviewed by the Chairman of the Anchorage ARC VEC and you will be contacted with a link and additional information required to take the online open-book examination.  

Click Here to Apply to Become a Volunteer Examiner 

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