Pilot instructor rating exam - PIRC

Find out what you need when sitting your pilot instructor rating exam including permitted materials and pass rates.

You have 2 hours to complete the exam to pass, you will need to get at least 75% of the marks.

These exams cost $168.61 each ($103.61 invigilator fee and $65 CASA fee).

Pre-qualifications and syllabus

Holding a valid Australian PPL, CPL or ATPL licence, of either aeroplane or helicopter category, is a pre-requisite for this exam.

If you do not hold an Australian PPL or CPL or ATPL licence or Certificate of Validation (CoV), then any pass obtained in this exam won’t be valid.

The exam will test your knowledge on the syllabus in Part 61 Manual of Standards (MOS) schedule 3.

Permitted materials

You may use either the Airservices or Jeppesen list of permitted materials.

You cannot use a combination of materials from both the Airservices list and the Jeppesen list.

Airservices list

Part 61 of CASR

Jeppesen list

Part 61 of CASR

Your invigilator will give you some things before the exam, which you must hand back at the end. These include:

  • pen
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • eraser
  • scribble pad.

Pass rates

You can see how candidates in 2020 performed in their PIRC exam.

Year 0 - 54% 55 - 59% 60 - 64% 65 - 69% 70 - 74% 75 - 79% 80+% Pass rate
2020 0.37 0.73 2.94 3.85 14.85 14.68 62.57 77.25%
2021 0.00 1.35 2.16 5.66 12.94 14.56 63.34 77.90%

Check the results of candidates from previous years.

Common errors

The following areas have been weak areas for candidates:

  • requirements for Part 141 / 142 operators
  • adult learning issues
  • performance based outcomes
  • questioning techniques.
Last updated:
26 Apr 2022
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