Calgary Amateur Radio Association

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How to Get Training in Amateur Radio

Are you interested in getting your Amateur Radio Certification? 

For information from Industry Canada's website, visit

We are hosting another in-person Basic Amateur Radio classes in Calgary started on Sept 11,2023. 
Updated July 8th,2023:  Register now by going to the Calendar entry ==>

The CARA Advanced Amateur Radio class is also tentatively scheduled for January 15, 2024.
Updated Aug 21, 2023: Registration is now open for the Advanced Class. ==>>

Note that you need to purchase the training books (see below) prior to the classes.  The Basic class is based on the Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide, and the Advanced class is based on the Advanced Qualification Study Guide .    

If you have any questions, please Contact the training coordinator at

Where else can I get training?

Meanwhile, there are also other options if you want to get your HAM Certificate on your own. 

Here are a few options:

1 - RAC has indicated that the next Basic course may be available in January ==>>

  - RAC also maintains a list of Basic classes and Advanced Classes

2 - In addition, there are community provided self-pace training websites that may be of interest.

Is getting an Amateur Radio Certificate difficult?   
The Certification testing objectives and practice exams are available on line at the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada ISED website

The Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide

The Coax Publications Canadian Amateur Radio Basic Qualification Study Guide includes all information required to pass the current ISED’s exam. The new 4th printing was reprinted and updated for the 2021 study season. 

Coax Publications Advanced Study Guide

Coax Publications also publishes the Canadian Amateur Radio Advanced Qualification Study Guide (2nd Edition, 2nd Printing). Written to the same high standards as the Basic Study Guide, this book covers all questions in the Industry Canada Advanced Qualification question bank while providing needed context.

Coax Publications Advanced Study Guide

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