New National Standard Built Around Amateur Radio
The Commonwealth Department of Education Science and Technology has endorsed a new competency standard, called "Operate and maintain an amateur radio communication station".
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The standard approximates the syllabus for a Standard amateur operators certificate of proficiency.
This means the there is now a nationally recognised standard built around amateur radio. This is a link between amateur radio and education and industry. Competency to this standard can be an element in an electro-technology qualification.
It certainly should make amateur radio as an activity much more attractive to schools.
However, it is important to note that holding the competency will not qualify the holder for an amateur licence which still requires WIA certification to ACMA of competency in the theory, regulatory and practical elements of the syllabus.
WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI welcomed the Departments endorsement, saying that he hoped that schools would be encouraged to support amateur radio activities and also acknowledged the work of the WIA's Nominated RTO, Fred Swainston VK3DAC in achieving this recognition of amateur radio.
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