Becoming an amateur radio operator is easy with the Foundation entry level qualification. There is no morse code to learn, you don't need technical qualifications, no age limits and no ongoing fees.

Over a weekend, The St George Amateur Radio Society (SGARS) holds training and assessments, so you can qualify to become an amateur radio operator, within the St George/Sutherland Shire. For 2024 dates and locations, please refer Upcoming and Recent Events

On Saturday, training is provided for foundation level theory and regulations. Candidates will need to have read and be familiar with the contents of Foundation Manual and current Radiocommunications (Amateur Stations) Class Licence 2023 operating conditions, prior to attending the weekend course. Also included is hands on training for the practical component, required for all three levels, Foundation, Standard and Advanced. SGARS charge an administration fee for provision of the training.

As SGARS does not provide training for Standard and Advance levels, candidates need to undertake self study prior to any assessment.

On Sunday, ACMA accredited assessors undertake theory, regulations and practical assessments for all three levels, Foundation, Standard and Advance. To be successful in both the theory and regulations assessment, a pass mark of 70% is required. Candidates must obtain a 100% pass mark in the practical assessment. There is no assessment fee.

To start your journey to becoming an amateur radio operator, please complete the expression of interest form here. For any further information please contact our education team via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Training and assessments are conducted in compliance with current public health restrictions and COVIDsafe guidelines.