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The RAE Examination


RAE 2017 – Online registration system

Examination registrations for the May 2017 examination will open on 21st January 2017. 

Candidates should go to the following address to register for the RAE: http://www.sarl.org.za/Web3/RAE/RAERegistration.aspx  

If you previously registered using the online system and wish to re-enter for the examination please use your original User Name and Password to log on, and update your information for the current Exam Session.

Please download and read the RAE Registration Information Sheet, which contains useful information on the online registration system and how to register for the examination.

Please do not complete or submit any of the old / manual forms as these have been replaced completely by the online system.

All examination centres should ensure their information is correct and up to date. Registration and corrections may be made at http://www.sarl.org.za/Web3/RAE/ExamCentreRegistration.aspx

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Which Class License should I write? 

Class A (ZS, ZR): An international recognized license with full rights and privileges as set out in the South African Radio Regulations, which can be found on this webpage. Any person can write this examination, there is no age restriction.

Class B (ZU): Entry level license for persons under the age of 25. You are allowed to write the Class B examination up to the age of 20.  A holder of a Class B novice licence should write and pass the Class A examination before his/her 25th birthday after which the Class B novice licence will be cancelled. 

Procedures for Class A (ZS, ZR) and Class B (ZU) License assessments 

The Radio Regulations specify that in order to be awarded a Class A (ZS, ZR) or Class B (ZU) License, the applicant must satisfactorily complete an assessment prescribed by the SARL. Assessments may only be conducted by an assessor who has been officially appointed by the SARL for this purpose, and whose appointment is valid at the time when the assessment is conducted. All applications for assessment must be made on the official SARL form. 

Pass mark for Class A (ZS, ZR) and Class B (ZU) 

An overall  pass mark of 65% with a sub minimum of 50% in both the regulations and technical sections in the Radio Amateur Examination (RAE) is a requirement to become a radio amateur in the South Africa.

General information
 

The RAE examination is written during the months of May and October each year. Candidates need to pass the Class A or Class B examination.

In addition to the RAE examination all candidates must also pass a practical operating test (HF Operating Assessment Certificate). The practical operating test (operating assessment) must be completed on or before the date of the examination and the certificate must be sent to the RAE Manager with the examination registration, or at the latest it must be handed in with the examination answer sheet.
 Successful Class A examination candidates will receive a Harmonized Amateur Radio Examination Certificate (HAREC). Successful Class B examination candidates will receive an Amateur Radio Station License Introductory Level (Class B) certificate.

The examination is conducted by the South African Radio League on behalf of ICASA, and is written at various centres around South Africa. Note that examinations are written on a Saturday morning and start at 10:00 and end at 13:00.
Candidates must produce their ID Book (or other official photo identification) and provide their own writing materials. No pencils may be used and only non-programmable calculators are permitted.

The examination is in two sections:

(a) Regulations and Operating Practices
(b) Technical (Theory).

To pass the examination candidates are required to attain a minimum mark of 50% in (a) and 50% in (b) and obtain an overall average pass of 65%. The two sections of the examination are presented in one paper.

The Class A examination is based on the CEPT Harmonised Amateur Radio Examination Certificate syllabus, and is recognised by all CEPT countries (this includes most European countries) and some non-CEPT countries for the purpose of obtaining an amateur radio license or reciprocal operating privileges.

The syllabus for the Class B examination is at an introductory level. It is only valid in South Africa and is not recognised in other countries and can only be used to obtain a ZU license in South Africa.

Any person can write the Class B examination but only persons under 20 years of age can apply for a class B (ZU) license.  A holder of a Class B novice licence should write and pass the Class A examination before his/her 25th birthday after which the Class B novice licence will be cancelled.

Although you can study for the examination on your own using the SARL Radio Amateur Examination Study Guide that can be downloaded free of charge from this web site, it is recommended that you enquire about RAE classes, which are held regularly in most major centres. There you will benefit from a knowledgeable instructor who will be able to assist you with all aspects of the syllabus.

This part that follows is important but have you read the previous parts?

SARL Amateur Radio Examination

The SARL conducts two regular examination sessions at designated centres around South Africa each year. Examination in non-designated centres can be arranged at an additional administration fee. Click on Exam Centres in the left-hand menu for the current list of designated examination centres.

If an affiliated club is holding a course and there are 6 or more candidates entering the RAE examination, the club can request the SARL that their venue can be added to the list of designated centres for that examination. Send an email with your request to rae@sarl.org.za.

Examination Dates


Class A and B examinations - 2017

May Examination
Registrations open21 January 2017Returning students who want to write the examination need to register as re-writes.
Registration closing date15 April 2017

All candidates must register online - see Exam Registration section below.
All additional documents plus required examination fees must be submitted by this date. 
The HF Assessment form can be sent in at the latest with the answer sheets.

Examination20 May 2017Exam takes place on Saturday morningfrom 10:00 to 13:00. Administration starts at least 30 minutes before the time.

 

 

 

 

 

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Registrations open14 July 2017Returning students who want to write the examination need to register as re-writes
Registration closing date16September 2017All candidates must register online - see Exam Registration section below.
All additional documents plus required examination fees must be submitted by this date. 
The HF Assessment form can be sent in at the latest with the answer sheets.
Examination21 October 2017Exam takes place on Saturday morning from 10:00 to 13:00. Administration starts at least 30 minutes before the time.

 

 

 

 

No late registrations will be accepted

If you are studying on your own please make contact with a local club or operating test assessor before the examination to complete the HF operation assessment and the assessment form, which should be sent to the RAE manager at the latest with the answer sheets.  

RAE results are published on the SARL website within 2 -3 weeks after the examination.

 

Fees


The fees for examinations conducted at any of the designated centres are:

Class A examination R500
If under 25 years of age* R400
Class B examination R400

* To qualify for the reduced fee the candidate must be under 25 years of age on the date of the examination.

The RAE Registration fee is to be paid on or before the closing date for the examination and is not refundable. If the candidate can, for some valid reason, not write on the designated date and gives 14 days notice the candidate will be allowed to write the next examination.

If a candidate fails, he/she will be able to write again on the next examination date without a charge. It is important that the candidate has to re-register for the next examination. If he/she passed their HF assessment it need not be redone.  If he or she fails again, full fees and registration are payable for the following examination.

Free tutorial material for both Class A and B examinations is available on www.sarl.org.za for download.

Candidates are urged to make arrangements to write the examination at one of the designated venues. In exceptional cases the candidate can apply to the SARL RAE manager to write the examination in another venue than one of the designated venues.

What does the Examination Fee include?

The fee includes all the license costs and the ICASA radio license fee for the first year (The ICASA year runs 1 April – 31 March), the examination cost and a certificate.  

Complimentary SARL Membership

Candidates, at registration, receive complimentary SARL membership with full access to the web and the electronic version of Radio ZS. At the end of the SARL financial year (30 June), the SARL will automatically renew the membership and send a membership invoice.

Complimentary access to the SARL website as an SARL member is provided automatically after registration for the examination, and no additional application is required. This extends until the examination results become available, after which candidates who pass the examination are automatically added to the SARL database. The following are the membership periods:

May examination – Free membership will end on 30 June the following year
October examination – Free membership will end on 30 June the following year

Example

May 2017 examination: Free SARL membership till 30 June 2018

October 2017 examination: Free SARL membership till 30 June 2018


Exam Registration

Registration for the Radio Amateur's Examination is now an entirely online process. The previous manual forms have been entirely replaced by the online system, although some additional documents are still required.

You will need access to the internet, and you will need an email address to receive important information about your application.  If you do not have internet access then please make arrangements with someone else, or contact your local Club for assistance.

Before you start, please download the RAE Registration Information sheet which contains important information about the registration process, as well as a list of the information you will need to complete your registration.

To register for the RAE go to the following address: http://www.sarl.org.za/Web3/RAE/RAERegistration.aspx

If you have any queries please contact the RAE Manager at rae@sarl.org.za, or ask your lecturer or local club for help.

The Operating Assessment Certificate may be submitted to the Examiner and attached to the answer papers if it is not available at the time of registration for the RAE.

On passing the RAE, the SARL will apply on your behalf for your appropriate licence.


Tutorial Matter

Class A Examination - ZR/ZS licence

An extensive study guide is available for download free of charge.

The Class A Study Guide was updated in May 2016 and no previous editions should be used as it does not include all the study material required for the current Examination.

A formula sheet will be provided to candidates in the Class A examination and may be used to answer any question. Students therefore do not need to memorise formulae. However the student will need to know which formulas to use to solve a particular calculation and will also require the skill to correctly apply the formula. In some instances however you may need to use a combination of formulae to solve a problem.

The following documents are available. Click on the document title to download a copy.

Reference Date Document Title File Type Size
2016-06-14 SARL Inleiding tot Amateurradio - Klas A Studiegids PDF 980 kB
2016-05-06 ICASA Regulations - Effective for Oct 2016 examination and onwards PDF 286 kB
2016-05-05 SARL RAE Class A Study Guide - 2016 Effective for Oct 2016 exam and onwards PDF 4.6 MB
2016-05-05 HF Assessment Preparation Guide - Effective for Oct 2016 Exam and onwards PDF 1.3 MB
2013-01-01 HF Operating Assessment form PDF 97 kB
2011-10-04 The HAREC syllabus - CEPT T/R 61-02 Annex 6 - Class A only PDF 151 kB

Class B Examination - ZU Licence

The following documents are available. Click on the document title to download a copy.

Reference Date Document Title File Type Size
2017-01-01 SARL Class B Examination Study Guide Ver 1.03 PDF 2.0 MB
2015-03-30 GG 38641 30 March 2015 - Extract 1 - (1) Definitions PDF 39 kB
2015-03-30 GG 38641 30 March 2015 - Extract 2 - (23) Amateur Radio Communications PDF 21 kB
2015-03-30 GG 38641 30 March 2015 - Extract 3 - Part VII - General Provisions PDF 92 kB
2015-03-30 GG 38641 30 March 2015 - Extract 4 - Annexure H - Amateur modes PDF 340 kB
2015-03-30 GG 38641 30 March 2015 - Extract 5 - Annexure I - Amateur Bands PDF 647 kB
2013-01-01 HF Operating Assessment Form PDF 97 kB

 

RAE Contacts

For all RAE matters please contact the RAE manager as follows:

Email rae@sarl.org.za
Fax 086 299 0566

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