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This page is a partial list of courses offered by Canadian amateur radio clubs, covering the material necessary to pass the examinations for becoming an licensed amateur radio operator. Not all courses are shown here. You should also contact your local clubs (see link below) for courses not shown.

The recommended text for BASIC Qualification courses is the Hambasic 2010/2011 study guide, available from RAC Headquarters in Ottawa.

Please send complete information (in English or French) as an e-mail attachment about any course you would like listed here to: . The format shown below should be generally followed for ease of posting and reading.

The information displayed here is only as good as what is supplied by the course coordinator or sponsoring club. Please advise of any necessary modifications, additions or deletions.

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Basic Qualification Courses

BRITISH COLUMBIA

North Varcouver

LICENSING COURSE for the BASIC Amateur Radio Operator Certificate
Conducted by the North Shore Amateur Radio Club of Vancouver, B.C.
Next course offering Saturday mornings, 12 January through 23 February 2013

Contact:

Website: www.nsarc.ca


Vancouver

The UBC Amateur Radio Society offers two Basic courses per year - one held in the fall (October-November) and one in the spring (February-March).

Our Basic Qualification Course is an intensive one-day course that teaches people the basics of electronics, Amateur Radio operations, rules and procedures. It was originally designed for university students but also serves as an introductory course to people from all walks of life.

The course runs on Saturday from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a one hour lunch break. The exam is taken the next day (Sunday) afternoon after a quick review session. Advanced Qualification and Morse Code exams are usually offered at the same time if requested in advance.

The UBC Amateur Radio Society's Basic Qualifications Manual 5th Edition is the required text, and should be pre-read.

Contact: at 604-822-2325

Website: www.ars.ams.ubc.ca


Victoria

The Westcoast Amateur Radio Association (W.A.R.A.) puts on 1 HAM course per year. It starts in the spring, shortly after New Years day, and runs until the beginning of April. For current class information please go to the WARA WEB site and click on Departments | Education.

The course we put on is the Basic course plus additional self study materials to assist in taking the Advanced placement exam. Classes run on Mondays and Thursdays and some time is required on a few Saturday mornings for station visits and training clinics. The location is the Search and Rescue BC classroom at 25 West Burnside Road in Victoria BC.

Contact:


MANITOBA

Winnipeg

Talk to Astronauts in space and other hams around the world; help in emergencies in your own community! The Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club's Basic Short Course 6 is now open to applications on a first come, first served basis. Tuition of $65 covers two study books and all instruction. The course runs 4 Saturdays: Nov 2, 16, 23, 30 -- 2013 from 9:00 to 4:00 with an hour for lunch. It’s located at the Winnipeg Senior Citizens Radio Club, 2nd floor, 598 St. Mary's Road. All the instructors are licensed Amateur Radio Operators.

Students getting 70% or better on Industry Canada's 100 question, multiple-choice examination will receive the Amateur Radio Operator Certificate, Basic Qualification and a call sign. The exam is part of the last class. YOUR LICENSE IS YOURS FOR LIFE!


Visit the Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club's website for more information and the course registration form. After we get you registered, we will send information on how to prepare for the course and what to bring to the first class.


Contact:

Website: winnipegarc.org


ONTARIO

Belleville

The Quinte Amateur Radio club offers a course for the Basic Amateur Radio License based on demand. Please see the QARC website for information on when and where courses be held in the Belleville area.

Website: www.qarc.on.ca


Fergus

The Fergus Elora Amateur Radio Club course is now running from the Fergus Senior Centre on Albert St., Fergus, every Weds evening from 7:30 pm except 3rd Weds which is Club Meeting night . It's on going. All are welcome.
Course Fee is cost of Manual and free membership on pass for Basic.

Course is on going as we are a new club but it will wind up about Dec 16th. Test will be in new Year. Good luck to all in course now.

Contact: Brian Lowe, VE3TJE at 519-843 5562

Or: John, VE3KIS at 519-846-0861


Kitchener Waterloo

The Kitchener-Waterloo Amateur Radio Club offers a course to attain a Basic Amateur Radio licence. The courses commence in mid April and will run for 10 weeks. Register now hamcourse@kwarc.org

SCHEDULE: Classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings for 10 weeks commencing mid April
TIME: 19:30 - 22:00 (7:30pm - 10:00pm)
PLACE: PWL Board room 266 Marsland Dr, Waterloo.
FREE PARKING

COURSE FEE
Total course fee per the following is $25.00 payable at the first session.

INCLUDED
Free parking, 10 weeks training sessions including exam
One year Associate Club Membership

NOT INCLUDED
Course Material: RAC Study Guide for Basic Qualifications and an Optional Basic Question Bank. Both are available for less than $50.00 through Radio Amateurs Of Canada https://www.rac.ca/store/order-form.htm.

Contact: at 519-584-2009

Website: www.kwarc.org/kw-class.html


Mississauga

The Mississauga Amateur Radio Club VE3MIS holds a course each year in Mississauga to provide you with the knowledge to pass your Industry Canada Basic Qualification amateur radio examination to obtain your amateur radio license. Basic courses usually start in September and run until mid-December.

An Advanced Course is usually held beginning in January and runs until March which will supply you with all of the information required to obtain your optional Advanced endorsement.

The club also holds an optional Morse Code Course leading to your CW endorsement if sufficient students enroll.

Accredited Industry Canada examiners are available in the club to give the examinations as part of the class. RAC Study Guides are used for the Basic and Advanced Courses.

For more information on time, location, study materials and fees, visit our website.

You may also write us at:

M.A.R.C.

Attention: Education Manager
P.O. Box 2003
Square One Post Office
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C6

Website: www.marc.on.ca


Niagara Region

NIAGARA REGION

Canadian Operators Bringing Regional Assistance Radio Club Inc of Niagara.

The Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Classes are offered every year at the Niagara Regional Centre in Thorold, located across the street from Brock University. The cost is free for the course but the study manual is about $50 approximately.

Time: 7pm till 9pm
Location: Regional Centre for Niagara Room #2 (check in with security guard)
Length of course 13-14 weeks as well as one night dedicated to radio operation for hands on experience.
Date: Usually first week of October till ???

Contact:

Or:

Website: home.cogeco.ca/~cobrarc/


Orangeville

The Dufferin Amateur Radio Emergency Services group is offering the "Basic Qualification" Amateur Radio course for anyone who is interested in obtaining their Amateur Radio Operator Certificate.

The course will be approximately 10 weeks and will run from 7pm to 9pm starting April 22, 2013 in the new Edelbrock room at 30 Centre Street in Orangeville.

The cost of the course is FREE, however the Basic Qualification Study Guide is required at a minimal cost of $45 and should be obtained from https://www.rac.ca/store/coaxpubs.php and reviewed prior to the start date. There is no age restriction for the course, & anyone with an interest in amateur radio can sign up. The Industry Canada Basic Qualification exam will be administered on the last night of the course, and is also provided at no cost.

For further information, contact Jason Miles VE3TYG, ve3tyg@rac.ca

Contact:


Ottawa

The Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club offers an amateur radio course
each year for those wishing to acquire a government qualification to
operate an amateur radio station. Please see the OVMRC website for
information on when and where the courses are held.

Website: ovmrc.on.ca/radio-course.htm


Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Markham and Vaughan

The Thornhill Radio Amateur Club (TRAC) offers the BASIC Licence class once a year, starting in September. Code classes are run when there is enough demand.

The courses are 14 weeks with nights set aside for on-air participation by students. Classes are held on Tuesdays at Alexander Mackenzie High School 300 Major Mackenzie Drive West Room #147, Richmond Hill, ON L4C3S3 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. The course is FREE, though you are expected to join the club where annual membership is just $35.

The club also has a "construction" class on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 to 10:00. This is an evening to work on our current projects, get help and advice and have a relaxed evening. When there is enough interest we do group projects. There are VHF, UHF and HF antennas for on-air tests. No fees, just drop a loonie or toonie in the pot to cover the cost of the room.

Contact: Mike Crabtree


Toronto

In conjunction with Emergency Management Ontario and the City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management the Toronto EmComm Group has developed a Basic Amateur Radio Course to train interested volunteers to become Auxiliary Emergency Radio Operators for the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (VE3EMO) and the Toronto Emergency Operations Centre (VA3EOT)

Applicants who meet the other criteria for membership in the Toronto EmComm Group but who do not hold the Certificate of Proficiency in Amateur Radio may apply to attend a free Amateur Radio certification course sponsored by the Toronto EmComm Group. Two Amateur Radio courses are conducted annually, spring and fall.

If you feel that you meet the above requirements please contact the Amateur Radio Program Coordinator:

Contact:


Toronto

The Central Toronto Amateur Radio Club offers a variety of amateur radio certification courses throughout the year, including certification for the:

Basic Qualification
Advanced Qualification
Morse Code Qualification

For more information about upcoming courses, please check out the club's website at:

Contact:

Website: va3cta.net/get-a-licence/


QUEBEC

Montreal

The Westminster Amateur Radio School West Island - Montreal, Quebec

The School offers instruction in English by licensed amateurs on the Industry Canada radio regulations, basic theory, and operation. You can get just the Basic license or the Advanced too - it's not hard!

When: September - December, two nights per week 7 PM. Location (West Island) to be announced. Have your Canadian Radio Amateur license by Christmas!

Cost: approximately $100.00 for books, overhead.

Contact:

Or:


Montreal

The Montreal Amateur Radio Club offers an eleven week course held on Saturday mornings starting in January for the Basic Qualification.

Classes are held in the Notre-Dame-de-Grace area for between two to three hours each week.

Contact: at 514-697-7205


SASKATCHEWAN

Saskatoon

The SASKATOON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB is offering a Basic Ham Class for
beginners. Four qualified instructors are available.
Dates are Thursdays starting Jan. 13th 2011 to May 12th 2011.
Registration deadline is Dec. 27/2010
Exam will follow for those who feel ready to take the test.
Costs are $50.00 for those under 18 yrs. and $75.00 for those 18 yrs.
of age & over
Course includes the Ham Study Book, a special CD with all the exam
questions, course extras, regulations, and special study sections that
help in explaining some areas that the course book is cloudy on. Extra
handouts are also available.
Exam costs are negotiated with the accredited examiner.

Contact: at 306-373-3403


Advanced Qualification Courses

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Delta

Advanced Amateur Radio Course
Sponsor:  Delta Amateur Radio Society
Start Date:  Thursday Oct 27, 2011
Fees:  $125  Early Bird Special of $90 till Sept. 30 only  The fee
includes the examination

Website: www.deltaamateurradio.com/advanced.html


North Vancouver

LICENSING COURSE for the ADVANCED Amateur Radio Operator Certificate
Conducted by the North Shore Amateur Radio Club of Vancouver B.C.
A course offering has not been scheduled for 2011 or 2012 at this time

Contact:

Website: www.nsarc.ca


MANITOBA

Winnipeg

The next WARC Advanced Class is being finalized for course dates. $75 includes study guide and material. Contact Peter, ve4tth@gmail.com if interested.

Contact:

Website: winnipegarc.org


ONTARIO

Mississauga

The Mississauga Amateur Radio Club VE3MIS holds a course each year in Mississauga to provide you with the knowledge to pass your Industry Canada Basic Qualification amateur radio examination to obtain your amateur radio license. Basic courses usually start in September and run until mid-December.

An Advanced Course is usually held beginning in January and runs until March which will supply you with all of the information required to obtain your optional Advanced endorsement.

The club also holds an optional Morse Code Course leading to your CW endorsement if sufficient students enroll.

Accredited Industry Canada examiners are available in the club to give the examinations as part of the class. RAC Study Guides are used for the Basic and Advanced Courses.

For more information on time, location, study materials and fees, visit our website.

You may also write us at:

M.A.R.C.

Attention: Education Manager
P.O. Box 2003
Square One Post Office
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C6

Website: www.marc.on.ca


Toronto

The Central Toronto Amateur Radio Club offers a variety of amateur radio certification courses throughout the year, including certification for the:

Basic Qualification
Advanced Qualification
Morse Code Qualification

For more information about upcoming courses, please check out the club's website at:

Contact:

Website: va3cta.net/get-a-licence/


QUEBEC

Montreal

The Montreal Amateur Radio Club, with sufficient demand, offers a course held on Saturday mornings starting in late August or early September for the Advanced Qualification.

Classes are held in the Notre-Dame-de-Grace area for between two to three hours each week.

Contact: at 514-697-7205

Website: www.marc.qc.ca


Morse Code Courses

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Victoria

The Westcoast Amateur Radio Association (W.A.R.A.) puts on 1 HAM course per year. It starts in the spring, shortly after New Years day, and runs until the beginning of April. For current class information please go to the WARA WEB site and click on Departments | Education.

The course we put on is the Basic course plus additional self study materials to assist in taking the Advanced placement exam. Classes run on Mondays and Thursdays and some time is required on a few Saturday mornings for station visits and training clinics. The location is the Search and Rescue BC classroom at 25 West Burnside Road in Victoria BC.

Contact:


ONTARIO

Mississauga

The Mississauga Amateur Radio Club VE3MIS holds a course each year in Mississauga to provide you with the knowledge to pass your Industry Canada Basic Qualification amateur radio examination to obtain your amateur radio license. Basic courses usually start in September and run until mid-December.

An Advanced Course is usually held beginning in January and runs until March which will supply you with all of the information required to obtain your optional Advanced endorsement.

The club also holds an optional Morse Code Course leading to your CW endorsement if sufficient students enroll.

Accredited Industry Canada examiners are available in the club to give the examinations as part of the class. RAC Study Guides are used for the Basic and Advanced Courses.

For more information on time, location, study materials and fees, visit our website.

You may also write us at:

M.A.R.C.

Attention: Education Manager
P.O. Box 2003
Square One Post Office
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C6

Website: www.marc.on.ca


Toronto

The Central Toronto Amateur Radio Club offers a variety of amateur radio certification courses throughout the year, including certification for the:

Basic Qualification
Advanced Qualification
Morse Code Qualification

For more information about upcoming courses, please check out the club's website at:

Contact:

Website: va3cta.net/get-a-licence/


Non-licensing Courses

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Victoria

The Victoria Communications Club In Victoria BC, offers courses in:

1. Building IRLP simplex nodes from second hand computers and radios.
2. Antenna construction.
3. RF design, tools and construction of homebrew radio equipment.
4. Building personal phone patches.

The club meets at 204-2526 Government Street on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:30


ONTARIO

Thornhill, Richmond Hill, Markham and Vaughan

The Thornhill Radio Amateur Club (TRAC) offers the BASIC Licence class once a year, starting in September. Code classes are run when there is enough demand.

The courses are 14 weeks with nights set aside for on-air participation by students. Classes are held on Tuesdays at Alexander Mackenzie High School 300 Major Mackenzie Drive West Room #147, Richmond Hill, ON L4C3S3 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm. The course is FREE, though you are expected to join the club where annual membership is just $35.

The club also has a "construction" class on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 to 10:00. This is an evening to work on our current projects, get help and advice and have a relaxed evening. When there is enough interest we do group projects. There are VHF, UHF and HF antennas for on-air tests. No fees, just drop a loonie or toonie in the pot to cover the cost of the room.

Contact: Mike Crabtree


Other courses

Courses not sponsored by a RAC affiliated club may be listed below as a courtesy to potential amateurs.