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Types of Medical Certificate and uses

Classes of Medical Certificates

CASA issues Class 1, 2 and 3 Medical Certificates to persons who seek them. Certain holders of civil aviation authorisations are required to hold a medical certificate when exercising the privileges of the authorisation. Each class of medical certificate also has a medical standard set out in tables in Part 67 of the CASR. A summary of the above follows:

Class 1

This medical standard applies to holders of an Air Transport Pilot Licence, Commercial Pilot Licence (other than balloons), Multi-crew Pilot (aeroplane) Licence, Flight Engineer Licence or Student Flight Engineer Licence.

Class 2

This medical applies to holders of a Student Pilot Licence, Private Pilot Licence, Commercial Pilot (Balloon) Licence and Flight Radio Operator Licence.

Class 3

This medical standard applies to holders of an Air Traffic Control Licence or and Flight Service Officers.

Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner's Certificate (RAMPC)

CASR Part 61 provides for an additional medical standard called the Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner’s Certificate that allows appropriately licenced pilots to exercise the privileges of the recreational pilot licence without the requirement to hold a CASA Class 2 medical. The Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner’s Certificate is based on a modified unconditional driver’s licence medical certificate for a private motor vehicle.

This type of medical examination can be undertaken by any general practitioner and is similar in form to the Austroads Inc. Drivers Licence Medical examination.

Find out if the Recreational Aviation Medical Practitioner’s Certificate is suitable for you.

Duration of Validity of Medical Certificates

Unless otherwise advised by the Aviation Medicine Section, a:

  • Class 1 Medical Certificate is valid for one year.
  • Class 2 Medical Certificate is valid for four years, for applicants less than 40 years of age on the day of issue, and in all other cases for two years.
  • Class 3 Medical Certificate is valid for two years.

Note: Where an applicant's medical condition is under review, the duration of a Medical Certificate may be varied at the discretion of the Principal Medical Officer.