Aircraft maintenance engineering scholarship

We are offering 3 scholarships to help aircraft maintenance engineers obtain their licence. This will help encourage people to pursue a career in aviation maintenance and engineering.

The scholarships are open to individuals who meet the criteria. Each scholarship is to the value of $5,000 (plus GST).

Applications have now closed.

General scholarship conditions

The following conditions will apply to the scholarship:

  • An eligible recipient can claim the scholarship amount by providing CASA with proof of costs to achieve competencies associated with AME licencing.
  • The scholarship is personal to the recipient and cannot be transferred to anyone else or redeemed in any other way.
  • CASA will reimburse the recipient or training organisation (whichever is applicable) for qualification costs – excluding the cost of tools – (up to the scholarship amount) by transfer to a nominated bank account.

Each scholarship will reimburse a recipient's costs to achieve a CASA Part 66 AME licence by:

  • successfully completing progressive competencies through a maintenance training organisation (MTO) approved by CASA under Part 147
  • using a CASA‑approved alternative training pathway through demonstrating successful completion of competencies.

The recipient must demonstrate successful completion of competencies by the end of the scholarship period to claim the scholarship amount, unless special circumstances apply.

Scholarship guidelines

Nature of the scholarship

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial support to encourage and assist aspiring licenced aircraft maintenance engineers (LAMEs) in their training and achievement of Part 66 of CASR AME Licence.


Those who have started structured training towards a licence outcome or aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs) who have not participated in a structured training program and who are working in the industry gaining experience.

The prerequisites are:

  • a minimum of 2 years in the industry with a developing journal of experience
  • outstanding Part 66 module examinations and/or practical experience to realise a licence outcome.


Eligibility requirements are broad to allow for a diverse and wide range of applications from which suitable and deserving applicants can be selected.

However, preference will be given to those applicants who are closer to meeting the requirements for applying for issue of an initial Part 66 of CASR AME licence and are either part way through an apprenticeship, diploma or AME licence training.

We want to help those that have demonstrated an interest in aviation maintenance, made progress through initiative and portrayed a high standard of aptitude and safety culture.

While $5,000 is a significant sum, it certainly will not cover the overall associated costs of AME licence training but will help encourage continuing education and training to achieve a Part 66 of CASR AME licence.

A Category B licence outcome is preferred as it best meets the requirements of the broader aircraft maintenance industry.

COVID-19 effects

CASA may need to be flexible on time frames to expend funds given current limitations placed on travel and face-to-face training due to COVID-19.

Scholarship process

All applications will be assessed by a panel comprising of a minimum of 3 CASA nominated staff and endorsed by the Executive Manager, Stakeholder Engagement.

The decision of the panel is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

CASA reserves the right not to present the scholarship if the selection panel considers none of the applicants meets the selection criteria.

The scholarship selection will follow the process set out below:

  • application form submitted and received
  • applicants short listed
  • applicants unsuccessful in shortlisting notified
  • EAP checks conducted
  • interview
  • document check
  • referee check
  • conflict of interest form and agreement drafted by CASA’s Legal, International & Regulatory Affairs section
  • successful candidate confirmed
  • unsuccessful applicants notified.

Evaluation criteria for the panel

Applicants will have to demonstrate that they:

  • have completed in full the online application and supplied supporting documentation as requested (Documents are to be produced at the interview stage as there is no ability to attach documents to the application due to IT security)
  • have at least 2 years' aviation maintenance experience
  • have made reasonable efforts of undertaking of theoretical and practical training towards a Part 66 of CASR AME licence or demonstrated professional hardship in being able to complete their theory and/or practical aspects
  • have an exemplary aptitude, and a positive attitude towards aviation safety
  • are an Australian citizen or have permanent residency.

Interview process

  • Review applicant’s documentation.
  • Verify applicant meets criteria.
  • Assess the extent to which the applicant:
    1. demonstrates communications skills
    2. can verbalise their plans and summarise their application/supporting documentation
    3. displays engineering aptitude and a commitment to aviation safety
    4. articulates a pathway or process intended to achieve an AME licence.


  • Evidence of theory training that would contribute to Part 66 of CASR licence requirements.
  • Practical experience from a Part 147 Maintenance training organisation (MTO), or as demonstrated by a journal of experience (or other documentation meeting these same requirements — such as international documentation or cross trades).
  • Documents to be supplied at time of interview.
  • References.
  • Supply contact details of references from two non-family members such as previous or current employer, community leader, LAME or similar, schoolteacher.

Application form

  • Personal details.
  • Training details.
  • Referee details.
  • Employment details.
  • Questions to assess suitability:
    • Why you believe you should be awarded the scholarship?
    • How do you plan to use the scholarship funds to achieve an AME licence?
    • Why did you decide to become an aircraft engineer and what do you hope to achieve in the future?

Successful applicants

  • Referee check.
  • Agreement.
  • Conflict of interest form.

Selection panel

All applications will be assessed by a panel comprising CASA senior manager and technical specialists.

The decision of the panel is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

CASA reserves the right not to present the scholarship if the selection panel considers none of the applicants meets the selection criteria.

Last updated:
23 Feb 2022
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