How to Become a Volunteer Examiner

If you are an Alaska resident and would like to become a Volunteer Examiner (VE) with the Anchorage ARC VEC, here is how to go about becoming certified.


If you meet the following list of requirements, then you can make application to become a VE:

  1. You must be at least 18 years of age
  2. You must be a US citizen
  3. You must be resident of the State of Alaska, and have an in-state mailing address*
  4. You must hold a valid FCC-issued Amateur Radio license of General, Advanced, or Extra class
  5. Your license must have never been revoked or suspended for cause
  6. You must agree to abide by the policies and procedures set forth by the Anchorage ARC VEC, Inc.

*  We do not accept applications from persons living in states other than Alaska at this time.  

Who can give what test:

  • EXTRA class license holders can give tests for everything (Elements 2, 3, and 4)
  • ADVANCED class licensees can give tests for Technician and General class only (Elements 2 and 3)
  • GENERAL class licensees can give tests for Technician class only (Element 2)
  • TECHNICIAN,  NOVICE, and CONDITIONAL class licensees are not permitted to be Volunteer Examiners with the Anchorage VEC

Note: As of April 15, 2000, no new tests are being administered for ADVANCED or NOVICE class licenses. Persons holding such licenses may renew them as long as they wish.  Also, testing for Morse Code is no longer required.

Applying to become a Volunteer Examiner (VE):

You apply to become a volunteer examiner by entering some personal data, such as your name, Amateur call sign, mailing address, and contact information on a standard form. You also certify that certain statements on the form are correct and that you agree with the terms and conditions detailed on the application form. You will also need to send us a copy of your current Amateur Radio license.

There is a 25-question open-book type exam that must be completed. This exam is intended to make sure new volunteer examiners are familiar with the basic requirements and procedures of the volunteer examiner program.  A score of 85% is required to pass; missed questions will be reviewed with the applicant prior to being accredited. Submit the completed exam with your application form to the VEC Chairman  (Kent Petty, KL5T) at the Eagle River address (farther down this page).  

Once you have submitted your application, it will be reviewed by the Chairman, Anchorage ARC VEC. As soon as your application is approved, which usually takes a couple of weeks to a month (or so)  your name and contact information will be entered into a database of all Anchorage ARC Volunteer Examiners statewide.  Please note that we no longer send out VE wallet cards.  Instead, the fact that your name appears on our VEC website serves as your proof of certification. 

Exams are administered by using prepared exam “kits”.  Each kit contains all the materials needed to administer an exam session, including a step by step guide explaining the process. You may access the examiner’s instruction guide on this website. Click here to view the examiner’s guide.

VE Application form:

The application form for becoming a Volunteer Examiner is available here. Please read the remainder of this section, then click on the highlighted marker to move to the page containing both the application form and the 25-question exam, which can be printed on your own printer. Be sure you read the form and agree to the conditions it contains before signing the form. These conditions are listed under “certification” on the form. If you do not agree with these conditions, we cannot accept your application.

If you wish to apply, please print the application form, sign it (in ink) and mail it in. We must have the actual form, with your original signature, to process your application. It is not possible to submit an application via e-mail. A copy of the VE application form and exam can be obtained immediately.  Click here to display the VE application form. Print a copy on your printer, and mail it to us at the address below:

Kent Petty, KL5T
VEC Chairman
21440 Falling Water Circle
Eagle River, AK 99577

Important! We prefer to have a photocopy of your current license.   However, if you cannot provide a copy, we can check the FCC’s ULS database to verify your information.  Make sure your information is correct in the ULS system! 

Note: Some older VE application forms may have a different address for sending the application to us.  While the paperwork will still get to us, it will add several days to the processing time.    Please use the Eagle River address shown above for best service. 

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