Becoming a Volunteer Examiner

Updated: June 30th, 2020

New VE applications are being accepted with team sponsorship required.  Read this page very carefully for more information.

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


If you meet the following list of requirements, then you can submit an 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  • Your license must have never been revoked or suspended for cause;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 be sponsored and approved by the Lead VE from an established team you will be serving with prior to applying (i.e. sponsorship) which means the existing must be established and approved by the Anchorage ARC VEC Chairman; and
  • 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, although we are offering exams.  Please click HERE for more information on Morse Code testing offered by the Anchorage ARC VEC.

Applying to become a Volunteer Examiner

You apply to become a volunteer examiner by entering some personal data, such as your name, amateur radio call sign, mailing address, name of your sponsoring team 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.

If you are applying as a new Lead VE, you MUST first apply to create a team.  You can do that by clicking HERE.  Upon being approved by the VEC Chairman, only then will you be allowed to apply for VE accreditation, provided your newly created team has been added to our list.  Unless you receive prior approval from the Lead VE and plan to serve in south central Alaska, do NOT select the Anchorage Amateur Radio Club as your sponsoring VE Team!

The application for becoming a Volunteer Examiner is available ONLY as a web form.  Use the web form provided in the link below 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 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 30 question, open book online examination.

This examination is intended to make sure new volunteer examiners are familiar with the basic requirements and procedures of the volunteer examiner program.  The examination must be completed within ten (10) business days otherwise you will have to submit a new application and wait for a reply from the VEC Chairman.  A score of 80% is required to pass and missed questions will be reviewed with the applicant prior to being accredited.

Important information on maintaining your accreditation with the Anchorage ARC VEC (i.e. “The fine print”)

To maintain your status as an active volunteer examiner in our program, you are required to participate in two examination sessions every 18 months.  Those sessions do not have to be done immediately after becoming accredited.  Your accreditation as a volunteer examiner will need to be renewed every 18 months.

If you are applying to become accredited and serve with a newly created team, be advised that the new Lead VE must ensure that a minimum of three (3) qualified amateur radio licensees become accredited within 30 days of having the team approved by the VEC Chairman otherwise the Lead VE, and any new VE’s that became accredited under their sponsorship, will be dropped from our program.  This is to ensure we keep a list of current and active VE’s who will demonstrate a desire to stay active in our program as things continue to evolve.

Our VE renewal process is simple.  The volunteer examiner will be contacted by the VEC Chairman within 30 days of expiration date via email verifying contact information, indicating the number of exam sessions they have participated in and also asking if they want to remain in our program.  If the intent is to remain in our program, the VEC Chairman will provide a date when their accreditation is up for renewal.  This will apply to all volunteer examiners, including Lead VE’s.

Be advised if there is no reply within ten (10) days after expiration date, the volunteer examiner must retake the VE exam again, as outlined in Section 7.3 of the VE Guide. This is to ensure that you are current with VEC policies and procedures.  Retaking the VE exam again will get you listed as an active VE in our program and the same rule will apply pertaining to exam session participation.

Apply for VE Accreditation