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More on the New Licences and WIA Plans

Date : 02 / 08 / 2005
Author : Michael Owen - VK3KI

On Friday 29 July 2005 WIA President, Michael Owen made the following statement on the VK1WIA weekly broadcast:

Last week I told you of the latest on the new amateur licence structure, predicting that the new licences, Foundation, Standard and Advanced, will come in in September.

I also told you that the ACMA had made it clear that it would issue certificates of proficiency on the basis qualification by WIA Assessors, and that the WIA was arranging for RTO courses to be conducted to accredit WIA Assessors in the near future.

Now let me tell you the latest.

But first let me explain that when I spoke last week we had just commenced putting together the details of what I described in general terms, and we are still doing that. So, as we go along, there are still many matters of detail of which we are uncertain.

I can now tell you when the Assessor accreditation courses will be held, over two days, a Saturday and Sunday, we expect from 8.30 in the morning until 4 pm in the afternoon. We can, for this first round, only hold 4 courses, with numbers limited to the number who can be effectively trained at one time, around 16 people.

The courses will be held in Adelaide over the weekend of August 27, on the Gold Coast on the weekend of September 10, Melbourne over the weekend of September 17 and Sydney over the weekend of September 24.

Currently we are writing to all clubs that we know of in Australia, inviting them to affiliate if they are not already affiliated, asking if they are interested in nominating a suitable candidate and providing them with an application form.

As I told you last week, we are seeking one suitable candidate for accreditation as an Assessor from each club over as wide a geographical area as possible.

At the same time, we are consulting with those involved to determine how the WIA can best assist the clubs that will incur heavy travel costs, and I anticipate that in a number of cases we will bear the full travel costs of some candidates.

There are a number of people who already hold qualifications sufficient for most of the qualification for accreditation as a WIA Assessor, indeed in some cases for most of the qualification for accreditation as a Nominated Assessor.

If you think that you have the right qualifications, we would like to hear from you.

We would also like to hear form any person who holds a current Unrestricted, Limited or Intermediate licence, and has successfully completed all or any of BSZ401A, BSZ402A, BSZ403A, BSZ404A and would like to join the WIA assessment program.

This information is repeated on the WIA web site.

If you think that you can help, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact WIA secretary Chris Jones,

We are still working on many aspect of the program, including the precise instructions for Group Leaders, Invigilators and WIA Assessors in relation to the conduct of the assessments, finalising the written examination question banks, a Training Manual and the various forms that we will need to manage the whole system properly.

Finally, many of you have appreciated the pressure we are under to somehow make it all work in a short time, once we became clear about our position with the ACMA, and I would like to thank you most sincerely, on behalf of our primary team of Chris Jones, Phil Wait and myself, for your help, your patience and understanding.


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