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Standard Licence

The Standard Licence

Your Second Step Into Amateur Radio

The Standard Licence is higher than the Foundation Licence, but below the top graded Advanced Licence.

With the Standard Licence comes increased power, more bands, modes, and the ability to build or modify transmitting equipment. This middle grade licence is in line with the world standard. With its enhanced operating privileges comes a much greater depth of theory and regulatory knowledge.

After studying the syllabus topics for the Standard Licence, either at a course or through readily available material, it can take between 20 and 30 hours of study. Do remember to revise the Foundation Licence knowledge as some questions at the Standard Level include basic knowledge too.

The Standard Licence not only further opens up involvement in Amateur Radio enabling ready worldwide communication it can expand an interest in communications technology and be a solid launching base to a rewarding career in science, electronics, and communications.

The standard licence operator can use either home
brew or commercially manufactured equipment.

It may take a period of time for the ACMA to issue an invoice for the licence charge after the application forms have been completed. When the payment is processed, you will appear on the ACMA licence register and may begin transmitting. The ACMA licence register is available via this Link

Radio Bands You Can Use

The standard licence operator can operate in the bands listed below using the modes listed in the right hand column.

Radio band


Permitted Emission Modes
80 Metres 3.500 - 3.700 MHz Any emission mode with a necessary bandwidth not exceeding 8 kHz
40 Metres 7.000 - 7.300 MHz
20 Metres 14.000 - 14.350 MHz
15 Metres 21.000 - 21.450 MHz
10 Metres 28.000 - 29.700 MHz Any emission mode with a necessary bandwidth not exceeding 16 kHz
6 Metres 50 - 54 MHz
2 Metres 144 - 148 MHz
70 Centimetres 430 - 450 MHz
23 Centimetres 1240 - 1300 MHz
13 Centimetres 2400 - 2450 MHz
6 Centimetres 5650 - 5850 MHz

Note : These are general band ranges provided as a guide only, please ensure you consult
the ACMA LCD for specific frequency ranges, power limits and any special conditions.

Training For Your Licence

There are many radio clubs that offer Standard Licence training check the Radio Clubs section of this website. Additionally a CD based course that can be done at home. You will also need some support technical reference information. The ARRL handbook (preferably an early edition) or the Radio Theory handbook. You can also study at your own pace via a Multi-Media Course with the Radio and Electronics School. This course is supplied on two CDs. It covers theory and regulations, and normally takes about 4-5 weeks. Support on email from experienced trainers is provided should any questions or problems arise.

Please visit for further information about the Standard Licence Multi-Media Course. Besides providing training the clubs are ideal to learn all about Amateur Radio. You can meet other hams, attend interesting lectures, and find out lots of information about its different facets. There are some good topics and activities too appearing on YouTube. The WIA webpages list most of the clubs that are offering training and assessment, and all WIA Assessors. If you have trouble finding a training club or an Assessment, then send an email to


The examination and callsign recommendation services previously provided by the WIA ceased on 1-Feb-2019. In future these services will be provided by the Australian Maritime College (AMC). More details will be provided as they come to hand.


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