Becoming 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 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  • Your license must have never been revoked or suspended for cause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

Testing privileges by license class

  • 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 ARC 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
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 carefully 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.

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 that you mailed a paper application and would like a printed copy of the exam and VE Guide by mail.

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 printed copy can be mailed out by requesting one from the Chairman. 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 prior to being accredited. Once you pass the examination, your name and contact information will be entered into a database of all accredited volunteer examiners in our program. 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 in our program.

Effective September 1st, 2019 you MUST reside within any of the regions where we currently offer exam sessions prior to submitting an application. At this time, we are offering testing in Alaska, Maine and Massachusetts. If you live in an adjacent state or Canadian province/territory that is within reasonable driving distance to assist a team in any of the states we serve, you may also apply to become a volunteer examiner in our program. Amateur radio clubs and individuals with testing teams elsewhere are required to contact the Chairman directly if interested in joining our VEC program.

Paper Application (pdf format)
Online Application