IF YOU ARE UPGRADING YOUR AMATEUR LICENSE, BRING AN “OFFICIAL” SIGNED COPY WITH YOU TO TAKE THE EXAM!!!!
Your VEs accommodate physical disabilities that require a special examination procedure. They may, however, require you to provide a physician’s certification indicating the nature of your disability before determining which, if any, special procedure must be used.
Your written examination establishes your level of operational and technical ability in performing properly the duties of an amateur service licensee.
Each written examination consists of a set of questions:
Element Credit Table
License Class Elements
Technician License 2
Technician license (issued before 03/21/1987) 2 and 3
along with a current Technician license. (See additional “Valid Forms of
Examination Credit” information below.)
Expired Technician license issued before 03/21/1987, 3 only
but presently expired and beyond the two-year grace
period. (See additional “Valid Forms of Examination
Credit” information below.)
Applicant must pass Element 2 before General
class license can be issued).
General license 2 and 3
Advanced license 2 and 3
Valid Forms of Examination Element Credit
The following are means to verify the credit status of someone eligible for credit. At a test session, the VEs will review all documents presented by applicants. FCC does not require the applicant to have been continuously licensed.Expect each examinee to bring you proof of licensing, usually a printed “official” copy of current license or a CSCE that is less than 15 days old of a “granted license” from a previous test session.
Such valid credit documents may include:
1. For any credit, a passing CSCE issued within the previous 365 days for Element Credit (credit as indicated) is acceptable IF A LICENSE HAS NOT BEEN GRANTED.
2. For General written test (Element 3) credit, persons who took a 50-question Technician/General written test before March 21, 1987 receive “grandfather” Technician licensees’ credit. This can be verified if an applicant presents any of the following:
a. Per FCC Rules, an FCC Technician license issued before March 21, 1987, as indicated on the license.
b. An original Element 3 CSCE issued before March 21, 1987, is acceptable as proof.
c. If licensed in the mid-’70s or after, FCC will issue a License Verification Letter indicating that the applicant was licensed as a Technician licensee prior to March 21, 1987. To request such a letter, write to FCC, ATTN: Amateur Section, 1270 Fairfield Rd, Gettysburg, PA 17325 (or fax 717-338-2696).
d. For 1966 or more recent records, an FCC Records Contractor extract/certification from FCC Fiche Records can be obtained. There is a charge for this service. For assistance in acquiring copies of FCC documents, please contact “Best Copy & Printing, Inc” (BCPI) at: Telephone 202-488-5300; TTY 202-488-5562; Fax 202-488-5563; Email requests, help & orders: firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Web at www.bcpiweb.com/fcc_research.html.
e. A 1987 Edition, or earlier, Radio Amateur Callbook listing is acceptable as proof (be sure to include the year of publication reference, if not printed on the page) so long as the license class is shown in the listing (only Callbooks Fall 1967 or later show license class).
f. QRZ has posted a copy from their archives of their very first CD ROM product on their Web page www.qrz.com, as originally published in 1993. This data includes licensees from 1983 to 1993. A printout of such a listing from this CD ROM, showing a Technician license effective/begin date prior to 3/21/87 is acceptable.
Volunteer Examiner Responsibilities
The volunteer examiners are responsible for the proper conduct and necessary supervision of your examination, including:
- Observing you throughout your entire examination.
- Determining the correctness of your answers.
- Issuing a Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) when you score a passing grade.
- Terminating your examination if you do not comply with their instructions.
The Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) collects your NCVEC form 605 document from your VE team and, after carefully screening it, forwards the information thereon to the FCC electronically.
Authority to Operate