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Foundation Licence - Entry Level
Training, Exams & Assessment
The Standard Licence - Your Second Step Into Amateur Radio
The Advanced Licence - Your Formal Step into Amateur Radio
The Foundation Licence is basically an entry level form of obtaining your licence to begin using amateur radio. This is an assessment based on some basic theory and practical assessment, which require you to show the assessor how one would setup an amateur station, and to get on the air. A training licence manual is availble for purchase, which will give you all you need to study for sitting an examination.
Here at Mackay Amateur Radio Association INC, we are able to offer Training & Assessment in obtaining your Amateur Radio Licence. We have our very own WIA Assessor, Training & Assessment Co-ordinator. There are three levels of licencing available for obtaining your licence, and they are outlined below, with links to the WIA (The Wireless Institute of Australia) for some further information..
The Standard Licence will expand your horizons if you are upgrading from a foundation licence. It provides an opportunity to communicate with people all over the world as it allows for the use of more bands and higher power than the foundation licence. You will also be able to make and or modify your own equipment, as a foundation licensee must only use standard, unmodified commercial amateur radio equipment. Just complete a training course with as little as 20 hours training and at the end of the course a 50 question multiple choice examination, a multiple choice regulations examination and if you do not hold a foundation licence, practical test and a few days later yours on the air with your new standard grade licence.
The Advanced Licence provides a great opportunity for young people to expand an interest in communications technology and can be a solid launching base to a rewarding career in science, electronics, and communications. The advanced qualification is recognized by some institutions as prior learning and may exempt a holder of this qualification from needing to complete some training modules at TAFE. You need complete a training course which will take between 50 and 100 hours training and at the end of the course a 50 question multiple choice examination, a multiple choice regulations examination and if you do not hold a foundation licence, practical test and a few days later your on the air with your new advanced grade licence.
Training & Assessment Co-ordinator & WIA Accredited Assessor 
For all Training, Exams & Assessment information, GEORGE GLENDINNING, VK4AJL, of Walkerston west of Mackay, is Mackay Amateur Radio Association Inc's Training & Assessment Co-ordinator & WIA Assessor. 

NOTE: Foundation Licence Manuals are available for purchase from George and will soon be available for purchase from MARA Inc. 

George can be contacted by using the form below.
The Foundation Licence Manual
George - VK4AJL WIA Assessor