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RAC Maple Leaf Operator Member Online Course

Thank you for the great response to the new RAC online courses! Both courses are now full and registration is complete.

Background information about the previous courses:

In response to the current Covid-19 crisis, Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to announce that it is introducing a new online Advanced Amateur Radio Certification Course so that individuals can upgrade their qualifications while continuing to practise social distancing.

The new RAC Online Advanced Qualification Course is an excellent opportunity to upgrade your qualifications so that you will be able to run higher power and to operate your own repeater sites.

The course will be offered at no charge to RAC Maple Leaf Operator Members – both current and future – who already have their Basic Amateur Radio Qualification including:

  • Current RAC Maple Leaf Operator Members who have Basic certification
  • Current RAC members who upgrade their memberships to become Maple Leaf Operator Members
  • Amateurs who are not RAC members but who join RAC at the Maple Leaf Operator Member level

Course information:

The course will be 10 sessions in length and each session will be two hours long.

In order to offer maximum flexibility, we will be running two Advanced courses so students will be able to choose one of the following two options:

  • Sunday afternoons from 3 pm to 5 pm ET
  • Monday evenings from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm ET

The course will begin on the week of April 5 (Sunday, April 5 or Monday, April 6). It will then take a short break on Sunday, May 31 and Monday, June 1 to give students an opportunity to participate in the CQ World Wide WPX Contest.

The course will end on Sunday, June 14 and Monday, June 15 respectively and we are now looking into the possibility of having Accredited Examiners in each student’s province/territory administer the exam by telepresence.


The course instructor is Dave Goodwin, VE9CB. Dave has been an Amateur since 1975, is an active HF Contester and DXer and has many other interests in Amateur Radio. Since 2015, Dave has been teaching Basic and Advanced certification courses with the Fredericton (NB) Amateur Radio Club. Dave is also RAC’s Atlantic Director.

Course material pertaining to all topics covered in the course syllabus shown below will be provided to all registered students. Students must have a copy of the Canadian Amateur Radio Advanced Qualification Study Guide provided by Coax Publications. For more information please visit the RAC Study Guides webpage.

It is essential that all students have the necessary equipment and bandwidth capable of taking the course – at least a tablet or PC and a DSL broadband connection.

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Course Fees:

As indicated above, the course will be offered at no charge to RAC Maple Leaf Operator Members – both current and future. We are able to provide the course at no charge because the instructors are donating their time.

If you are not currently a RAC Maple Leaf Operator Member and you would like to register for the online course  you will need to sign up with RAC as a Maple Leaf Operator Member (Bronze, Silver or Gold) by going to the RAC Membership Sign Up webpage

If you would like to become a Gold Maple Leaf Operator Member please contact the RAC Office at .

Note: For more information about the benefits of becoming a RAC Maple Leaf Operator Member please visit: https://www.rac.ca/maple-leaf-operator/

Course Registration:

The course is now full and registration has been closed.