Persons wishing to obtain an Amateur
Certificate of Proficiency, need to pass an appropriate approved examination.
An agreement is in place between the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) and
the ACMA for the provision of amateur examinations. The WIA has responsibility
for providing examinations and overseeing persons or organisations assessing
The WIA issues all new Amateur Certificates of Proficiency. Candidates who
successfully pass an amateur examination may apply to the WIA for the issue of
a Certificate of Proficiency, appropriate to the level of examination.
Details of the administrative arrangements for examinations and issuing
Certificates of Proficiency are set out in the WIA Business Rules for the
management of Amateur Examinations, Certificates of Proficiency and Associated
Administrative Service -
Word (325 kb) or
PDF (669 kb).
More information about examinations may be obtained from the WIA at www.wia.org.au.
Examination formats and grades of
There are three grades of Amateur Operator's Certificate of Proficiency.
- Amateur Operator's Certificate of Proficiency (Advanced)
- Amateur Operator's Certificate of Proficiency (Standard) (AOCP(S));
- Amateur Operator's Certificate of Proficiency (Foundation)
The WIA issues Amateur Certificates of Proficiency. The holder of a
Certificate of Proficiency is then entitled to apply to the ACMA for an amateur
licence. Table 1 details each type of Certificate of Proficiency and its
various subject requirements.
Table 1 - Certificate of Proficiency Types and Requirements
||Requirement for each Grade of
Yes - Advanced Theory paper
Yes - Standard Theory paper
Yes - combined Foundation Theory / Foundation Regulations
Yes - Advanced / Standard Regulations paper
Yes - Advanced / Standard Regulations paper
See below for further information about the syllabus for each certificate
type. More information may also be found on the WIA website www.wia.org.au
Examination formats and
The AOCP(A) syllabus and related examination reflects the knowledge, skills
and experience required to safely assemble and operate an amateur station at
the highest level without interference to other users and services. The AOCP(A)
comprises a 50 question multiple choice examination in Theory, a 30 question
multiple choice examination in Regulations and a Practical assessment.
The AOCP(S) syllabus and related examination reflects the knowledge, skills
and experience required to safely assemble and operate an amateur station at an
intermediate level without interference to other users and services. The
AOCP(S) comprises a 50 question multiple choice examination in Theory, a 30
question multiple choice examination in Regulations and a Practical
The AOCP(F) syllabus and related examination reflects the minimum level of
knowledge, skills and experiences required to safely assemble and operate an
amateur station at an entry level, without interference to other users and
services. The AOCP(F) comprises a 25 question multiple choice combined
Theory/Regulations examination and a practical assessment.
Re-examination of qualified
The ACMA may re-examine a qualified operator if, at any time, it has
reasonable grounds for believing that person will probably be unable to achieve
satisfactory results in an applicable examination. The ACMA may give to the
operator a written request that the operator submit himself or herself to an
examination, or a further examination.
The request must set out:
- particulars of the examination in question; and
- the time and place of the examination in question; and
- whether the operator has refused or failed, without reasonable excuse,
to comply with a request under the relevant section of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (the Act).
The examination or further examination referred to above will be conducted
by the ACMA.
Appeals and dispute settlement
Where the WIA and a candidate are unable to resolve a dispute in connection
with the results of an amateur examination, the WIA will refer the matter to
the ACMA. The ACMA may direct the WIA to take whatever action the ACMA
The WIA should be contacted for more information on the appeals process.
Recognition for prior learning (RPL)
Under certain circumstances, the WIA may grant exemption(s) from one or more
subjects in an amateur operator examination if a person holds equivalent, or
higher, qualifications covering the appropriate portion of the relevant amateur
syllabus. RPL is dependant upon a number of factors, including the type of
qualification and the time it was conferred. The WIA will not issue a
Certificate of Proficiency on the basis of RPL, unless the candidate has passed
at least one part of an approved examination, and ordinarily two parts, namely
the practical assessment and the regulations qualification.
Examination candidates should contact the WIA for more information on RPL.
There are no minimum age limits for Amateur Certificates of Proficiency.
Australian Amateur Certificates of Proficiency will be issued by the WIA, on application, to any person
who demonstrates, at examination, that he or she possesses the necessary
knowledge and skills.
If an Amateur Certificate of Proficiency is lost, defaced, destroyed, or a
change of name has occurred, the certificate holder may obtain a replacement by
making a written application to the WIA.
More information on replacement certificates may be found on the WIA website
The ACMA will issue replacement certificates for those originally issued
prior to 2 February 2009, including certificates for the following
- Amateur Operator's Certificate of Proficiency (AOCP);
- Amateur Operator's Limited Certificate of Proficiency (AOLCP);
- Novice Amateur Operator's Certificate of Proficiency (NAOCP); and
- Novice Limited Amateur Operator's Certificate of Proficiency
licence information paper details Certificates of Proficiency requirements
for amateur licensing options.
Under subsection 124(1) of the Act, ACMA may, by written notice given to a qualified
operator, cancel an amateur operator's Certificate of Proficiency. The notice
must include the reason for the cancellation. Subsection 124(3) of the Act
specifies the matters to which the ACMA must have regard in deciding to cancel
Cancellations of Amateur Certificates of Proficiency are reviewable under
Part 5.6 of the Act.
Reciprocal licensing arrangements between countries result from comparative
assessments of each country's qualifications and licences, and include the
establishment of a formal reciprocal licensing agreement. Table A lists
the countries with which Australia has reciprocal licensing arrangements and
details the overseas qualifications/licences and their Australian
Arrangements for participation in European Conference of Postal and
Australia's AOCP, AOLCP and AOCP(A) qualifications are recognised under CEPT
Recommendation T/R 61-02 which makes it possible for participating
administrations to issue amateur qualifications that are mutually recognised.
This is underpinned by a common qualification arrangement known as the
Harmonised Amateur Radio Examination Certificate (HAREC).
This benefits Australian amateurs because, by the establishment of the T/R
61-02 agreement with CEPT, other participating countries recognise Australian
amateur qualifications, without the need for Australia to establish and
maintain bilateral reciprocal licensing arrangements.
From October 2005 until March 2008, while the Advanced examination syllabus
was being approved by CEPT, the Amateur Operator's Certificate of Proficiency
(Advanced) did not have HAREC endorsement. Replacement certificates with the
HAREC endorsement may be obtained from the ACMA or the WIA (depending on the original
Australia's amateur licence (amateur advanced station) is recognised under
CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01. Amateurs holding that licence may operate in
participating CEPT countries during short visits without having to obtain a
licence from those countries. Operating conditions are those of the country
visited and not those applicable to the amateur licence (amateur advanced
Amateur licences (amateur advanced station) issued from 4 June 2008 include
an Advisory Note in English, French and German that indicates that the licence
accords with the CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01. Amateurs holding licences
without that Advisory Note may apply for a replacement licence.
Other equivalent overseas qualifications
Some overseas qualifications or licences have been recognised by the ACMA as
being equivalent to an Australian qualification or licence. Table B lists
those countries from which equivalent qualifications or licences have been
recognised and details the overseas qualifications/licences and their
Circumstances where no equivalent overseas qualifications exist
Australia has implemented licensing arrangements that accommodate overseas
amateurs visiting Australia who do not hold a qualification or licence
recognised by Australia. It is a matter for individual countries to decide
whether an Australian amateur qualification is acceptable for the purpose of
operating in that country. Licences, if they are issued, may be issued with
Further information about amateur licences may be found in the documents
entitled Amateur operating
procedures and Amateur licence
information paper. If you have any additional queries relating to
examinations and certification, please contact the WIA:
Wireless Institute of Australia
PO Box 2042
Bayswater VIC 3153