Every VEC group has somewhat different policies, depending on its needs and philosophies. The following is a short summary of our program:
We employ a team concept. Any group of 3 or more AARC certified VEs who give an exam are considered a team. One of these persons will be designated the “lead” or “contact” VE, who will be responsible for obtaining and returning exam materials (kits) to and from VEC headquarters, and who is also responsible for insuring all of the testing materials remain confidential before, during and after the exam session. The contact VE assumes the primary responsibility for the correct handling of the exam, including making sure all the documentation is prepared properly and making sure none of the examinees is allowed to give/receive unfair advantage to/from another individual.
To be a VE under our program, simply send the VEC a completed application form together with a photocopy of your license to VEC headquarters. How to become a VE.
While VEs may be reimbursed for their expenses involved in administering exams, it is the policy of the Anchorage ARC VEC that no person will be charged to take an exam. At this time, all exams are completely free of charge. This policy may be changed at a future date.
Applicants who fail an exam are permitted to retake the exam immediately, if a different exam than the one they just failed is available, and in the opinion of the VE team, retesting would be appropriate. The decision of the VE team is final. Immediate retesting is usually considered if the examinee has failed by only a small percentage, or if the examinee has travelled a long distance at some expense to take the exam or both.
Code testing: Code tests are no longer required for any class of amateur radio license. However, being able to communicate using Morse Code is a valuable skill and remains very popular with amateur radio operators world-wide. Click here for more information about learning the Morse code.