The Certificate of Proficiency in Amateur Radio is accompanied by a call sign used to identify the station.

Canadian call signs normally have a national prefix consisting of two letters and a number, followed by a two- or three-letter suffix e.g. VE1AB, VA3ABC, VO1ZZ or VY2ZZZ.

Call signs are allocated with different prefixes depending on the area of the country where the amateur lives when he/she applies for a call sign, or to recognize special events. See RBR-4 and RIC-9 below for call sign policy. To obtain a call sign with a new certificate, you require the Basic Qualification.