Certificates Of Proficiency
About Certificates Of Proficiency
The WIA has been delegated the responsibility to issue amateur certificates of proficiency. There are three grades of proficiency issued by the WIA as follows:
Amateur Operator's Certificate of Proficiency (Advanced)
Amateur Operator's Certificate of Proficiency (Standard)
Amateur Operator's Certificate of Proficiency (Foundation)
Successful candidates are urged to ensure that they do hold a certificate of proficiency, as that is the evidence of qualification to operate an amateur station.
The issue of a certificate following a successful assessment
Ordinarily, a certificate of proficiency will be issued by the WIA following a successful assessment by a WIA Assessor, in accordance with the Assessment Instructions. That may be after a successful Foundation Theory/Regulations written assessment and a successful Practical Assessment, or it may be after a successful Standard Theory assessment following an earlier successful Standard/Advanced Regulations assessment. In such cases, Part 4 of the Assessment Sheet must be completed so that the Box Yes N0 against "This assessment(s) complete all required components for the issue of a certificate of proficiency" is ticked 'Yes'.
The additional information in Part 4 of the Assessment Sheet must be completed and a passport sized photograph on photo quality paper of the candidate signed across the front in permanent ink in a place that does not obscure the image provided. The photograph should be approximately 35 mm by 45 mm, be clear and show the head and shoulders of the candidate square on. Inappropriate photographs, because the signature covers the face, or the photograph is the wrong size or the photograph is too dark will be rejected.
The WIA will issue the appropriate certificate of proficiency and send it to the candidate.
The issue of a certificate separately from an assessment
A certificate of proficiency will also be issued by the WIA on the basis of an application separate from an assessment. This can arise, for example, where a candidate is unable to obtain a suitable photograph. A replacement certificate of proficiency may be issued by the WIA for a certificate of proficiency issued on or after 2 February 2009. Replacement certificates for certificates of proficiency issued before that date is the responsibility of ACMA. No fee is charged by the WIA for the issue of an initial certificate of proficiency as that is included in the cost of the amateur examination. The fee for the issue of a replacement certificate of proficiency by the WIA is $10.00 including GST.
The one Application for Issue of Amateur Certificate of Proficiency form may be used for either an initial issue or replacement issue of a certificate of proficiency. To obtain an Application for Issue of Amateur Certificate of Proficiency form call the WIA office at (03) 9729 0400 between 10 am and 4 pm any Working Day, send a request by email to email@example.com or an Application for Issue of Amateur Certificate of Proficiency form may be downloaded at the end of this Guide.
If the application is for a replacement certificate of proficiency it must be accompanied by a statutory declaration declared to be true in the presence of an authorised witness in accordance with the Commonwealth Statutory Declarations Act 1959 and the Statutory Declarations Regulations 1993. The statutory declaration must set out the circumstances in which the certificate of proficiency was lost or destroyed and if lost, include an undertaking to return the original certificate to the WIA if it is found.
For information as to the form of a statutory declaration go to the website http://www.ag.gov.au/statdec or for further assistance in relation to the statutory declaration, contact the WIA office.
The completed form, with the statutory declaration and payment, if it is a replacement certificate, should be mailed to:
Wireless Institute of Australia
P.O. Box 2042
Working Day means any day other than:
(a) a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday (including public service holidays) for the whole of the Australian Capital Territory or the whole of or the part of the State or other Territory in which the WIA's principal office is located; and
(b) a day between 20 December and 31 January (both inclusive) that is one of the WIA's designated shutdown days.
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