How to become a Team Lead in ExamTools

If you are a new VE Team Lead looking to get started with ExamTools, here are our recommended steps

For in-person paper graded sessions

For GradeCam, computer-based, or fully-remote sessions

  • Read through this documentation and watch the videos provided
  • Get yourself setup in the Sandbox environment by following these instructions
    • Optional: Set up 2 or more of your more experienced VEs that you would like to bring along on this journey using the same steps. If you do not have VEs that can train with you in the sandbox environment, you can use dummy VEs referenced in the instructions.
  • Set up sample sessions and practice registering candidates, running the exam, and getting yourself comfortable with the ExamTools system.
  • Ask in the appropriate VEC channel on the Discord to shadow another team already running live exams
  • VE Team Lead - Once you are ready to run real exams in the production environment, get explicit permission from your VEC to run fully-remote or in-person exams using ExamTools. If you are a GLAARG session manager or W5YI CVE, your VEC will update ExamTools automatically. If you are an ARRL Team Lead, please send the emailed confirmation of your approval from Maria Somma ARRL-VEC to
  • At this point you will need to get all VEs on your team set up in the production environment to assist with your exams. Have them follow these instructions for the live environment.
  • Create your first real exam session in the production environment and run your session!

At any time, use the Discord to ask questions or ping Experienced Support for any specific or urgent needs. We’re all here to help each other out and expand testing for everyone!