Amateur Qualification Levels
The WIA and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) are aware of some discussion about the current US Technician amateur qualification, the equivalent Australian qualification and their application to amateur licensing in Australia.
Peter Young - VK3MV
The WIA has requested the WIA Training Organisation to conduct an assessment of the US Technician qualification and the appropriate level of the comparable Australian qualification. The assessment concluded that the US technical class licence is not at a standard or depth required at the Australian advanced amateur licence level and that it is at a level approximately equivalent to the Australian qualification required for a foundation licence. These conclusions and suggested amendments to a number of legal instruments that clearly clarifies the anomaly have been discussed with ACMA staff.
ACMA staff have acknowledged the WIA’s position and have undertaken to consider it and communicate further with the WIA about it. ACMA staff have also advised that any changes to the legal instruments would require consultation with the amateur community and would take some time to bring about.
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