Examiniation Credit / Upgrade Path
Examination Credit and Upgrade path
Specific Groups of Amateur Examination Credit Received Upgrade to Technician Upgrade to Technician w/code credit Upgrade to General Class Upgrade to Amateur Extra Class
Currently or previously licensed (now expired) Novice Class operator. (License may be expired more than two years) Element 1 - Element 2 Element 2 & 3 Element 2, 3 & 4
Currently licensed (or license expired less than 5 years) FCC-issued Commercial Radio-telegraph operator. Element 1 - Element 2 Element 2 & 3 Element 2, 3 & 4
Currently licensed Technician operator (or license expired less than two years) and licensed after 2/14/91 Element 2 - Element 1 Element 1 & 3 Element 1, 3 & 4
Currently licensed (or within the 2-year grace period for renewal) Technician Class operator and licensed between 3/22/87 and 2/14/91 Element 1 & 2 - - Element 3 Element 3 & 4
Technician with expired license (more than 2 years) and licensed between 3/22/87 and 2/14/91 Element 1 - Element 2 Element 2 & 3 Element 2, 3 & 4
Currently licensed Technician Plus operator (or license expired less than two years) and licensed after 2/14/91 Element 1 & 2 - - Element 3 Element 3 & 4
Currently licensed (or license expired less than two years) Technician class operator and licensed as Technician on/before March 21, 1987. Element 1, 2 & 3 - - Now Qualified Element 4
Previously licensed (now expired more than two years) Technician Class operator licensed on/before 3/21/87. Element 1 & 3 - - Element 2 Element 2 & 4
Currently licensed General or Advanced Class operator (or license expired less than two years). Element 1, 2 & 3 - - - Element 4
Previous Tech Plus, General or Advanced Class operator with license expired more than 2 years. No Credit Element 2 Element 1 & 2 Element 1, 2 & 3 Element 1, 2, 3, & 4

Note: Element 1 = 5 WPM Morse code exam, Element 2 = Technician written exam, Element 3 = General written exam and Element 4 = Extra written exam. All applicants must be able to prove that they are currently licensed or were licensed as of the specific date indicated above.  The license copy, CSCE or other "proof" should be stapled to the back of the NCVEC form 605.

The W5YI-VEC will be accepting any reasonable evidence that an applicant was licensed as required to obtain the exam credit.  This proof can even be a photocopy of an old Callbook page.  The 1987 and 1991 editions are particularly useful for this purpose.  The W5YI-VEC is also able to help applicant's research old licensing information.  (Call 817-860-3800 if you need help)  There is a small fee for this service.

Fred Lloyd AA7BQ (of www.QRZ.com) of Scottsdale, AZ has placed a copy of the March 1993 QRZ CD-ROM amateur census online at http://qrz.com.search1993.html.  This database contains over 195,000 licenses that were issued between 1983 and 1987 and may also be used to prove Technician license status.

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