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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

The most recent local Basic Amateur Radio classes started on Sept 12, 2022.  It is now completed with 22 newly certified HAMS.
The CARA Advanced Amateur Radio class has been deferred due to a low registration. 

RAC has announced a Live Online BASIC course available in the spring of 2023.

RAC has also announced that the Live Online ADVANCED Course is also available in 2023. 

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 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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