Take the test – VE sessions

The following are the tentative dates for test sessions in 2024: 

  • 23 March

    29 June

    21 September

    14 December

All are Saturdays, and the exams begin at 10 AM and are held at Piedmont Virginia Community College, 501 College Drive Charlottesville, VA 22902.

Each exam session is available to candidates for Technician, General, and Amateur Extra Classes.

Walk-ins cannot be accommodated, please reserve a seat by emailing hperritt@gmail.com if you wish to take an exam.

The cost to take the exam is $15 (cash only) for any class of license or upgrade. License exam sessions are administered for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by local Volunteer Examiners (VEs) who are ham radio operators with at least a General Class license who have been accredited by the ARRL or another Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC). VEs must have a higher license class than the test they are administering (Extra Class VEs, however, can administer the Extra Class exam).

What to Bring:

Please bring the following to the exam session:   A legal photo ID (current driver’s license, Student photo ID card, Military ID passport), $15 cash, printed copy of any current Amateur Radio license. and your FCC FRN that you must obtain online in advance using:


The FCC charges a fee of $35 for an initial license application, payable to the FCC directly after successful completion of the requisite test, before a license is issued.

If you have any questions prior to reporting to the VE session, please me at hperritt@gmail.com.

Hank Perritt


VE Liaison to ARRL