WIA Announces Membership and Exam Cost Changes
The WIA has announced some changes to take effect from 1 July 2007.
Michael Owen - VK3KI
From 1 July 2007 the cost of Family Membership will drop from $40 to $30 per year. A Family Member does not receive Amateur Radio and is a second or further person living at the same address as a Member or Concession Member receiving Amateur Radio.
The Board hopes that this will encourage more people living at the same address to become WIA members.
Also, from 1 July 2007, the WIA will no longer offer membership without the magazine, Amateur Radio. Existing non-AR memberships will continue.
The Board believes that while the WIA communicates with its members in a number of ways, including broadcasts and the WIA website, the non-AR membership is no longer appropriate as the magazine is the only way that the WIA can directly communicate with all members who receive it.
The WIA has been forced to increase the cost of its examination/assessment service.
From 1 July 2007 the cost of all assessment packs used on or after that date will increase to $35 per pack.
This new rate applies to assessment packs for the Foundation qualification (which includes theory, regulations and a practical assessment), the Standard and Advanced Regulations and the Standard Theory and Advanced Theory.
The only exception will be a practical assessment (taken alone) which will increase from $20 to $25.
The original fees for the assessment packs were set before the WIA had any experience of the costs involved in processing the examinations. A detailed review has revealed that each pack, including the processing of the pack on its return, costs more than is recovered and so other WIA income has been subsidising the WIA Examination Service.
The cost increase will apply to all assessments conducted on or after 1 July 2007, irrespective of when the pack was produced.
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