Become a Team Lead in ExamTools

Before getting started

Confirm your Team Lead status in ExamTools. Login to, go to your Profile (upper left on the navigation), and then expand Volunteer Examiner Credentials. You must have Team Lead associated with the VEC under which you plan to run exam sessions. If you only see Volunteer Examiner, please reach out to your VEC to get permission to run exams as a Team Lead with ExamTools. If you are a GLAARG session manager, W5YI CVE or a SANDARC team lead, 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 Give it time for your new status to sync and display in ExamTools.

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

For in-person paper template 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
  • Still not VE Team Lead? If 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.
  • 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!
  • For in-person sessions using GradeCam or devices, check out In-Person Exams with ExamTools documentation.

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!