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The radio authorization required to operate an amateur radio station is the Amateur Radio Operator Certificate. This certificate is issued after passing the basic qualification examination. The pass mark is 70%. There are two other qualification examinations. These are Advanced (pass mark 70%) and 5 w.p.m. morse code

Download " RIC-3 Information on the Amateur Radio Service" from the web for complete details.

The Amateur Radio Service Center does not charge a fee for issuing Amateur Radio Operator Certificates.

If asked by an official federal government representative, amateur radio operators must show their radio authorization, or a copy thereof, to the the official, within 48 hours after the request.

Whenever a change of address is made, the Amateur Radio Service Center is to be notified of the change of address.

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Your callsign appears on the "Amateur Radio Operator Certificate" and is valid for life.

Additional or specially requested callsigns are available subject to administrative rules and fees.

Prior to April 1, 2000, a radio station licence authorized an amateur to obtain and use ham radio equipment. The callsign at that time was associated with the licence which was renewed for a fee each year. Now the callsign is associated with the “Amateur Radio Operator Certificate” which is valid for life and not charged for.

Canada eliminated the 12 wpm morse code qualification in 2001. The 5 wpm morse code qualification is still available.

Obtaining the Basic qualification with honours (mark of 80% or above) or obtaining the 5 wpm morse code or the Advanced qualification will give you access to all amateur bands, including those below 30 MHz.

When a callsign is issued, Radio Amateurs of Canada website will display this information. It is always a good idea to check the listing for accuracy a few days after a certificate has been applied for or after notifying Industry Canada of a change of address.

Foreign callsigns can be checked at


B-001-002-001.... What must you do to notify your mailing address changes?
  1. telephone your local club, and give them your new address
  2. contact an accredited examiner and provide details of your address change
  3. contact Industry Canada and provide details of your address change
  4. write amateur organizations advising them of your new address, enclosing your certificate
B-001-002-002.... An Amateur Radio Operator Certificate is valid for:
  1. five years
  2. three years
  3. one year
  4. life
B-001-002-003.... Whenever a change of address is made:
  1. Industry Canada must be notified within 14 days of operation of the new address
  2. the station shall not be operated until a change of address card is forwarded to Industry Canada
  3. Industry Canada must be advised of any change in postal address
  4. within the same province there is no need to notify Industry Canada
B-001-002-004.... The Amateur Radio Operator Certificate:
  1. must be put on file
  2. must be kept in a safe place
  3. must be retained at the station
  4. must be kept on the person to whom it is issued.
B-001-002-005.... The holder of an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate shall, at the request of a duly appointed radio inspector, produce the certificate, or a copy thereof, to the inspector, within __________ hours after the request:
  1. 48
  2. 12
  3. 24
  4. 72
B-001-002-006.... The fee for an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate is:
  1. free
  2. $32
  3. $10
  4. $24
B-001-002-007.... The Amateur Radio Operator Certificate should be:
  1. retained in a safety deposit box
  2. retained on the radio amateur's person
  3. retained in the radio amateur's vehicle
  4. retained at the address provided to Industry Canada
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