Proficiency check

Like a flight review, a proficiency check is intended to assess your flying skills and operational knowledge.

They ensure you have the capability to keep using the ratings that include privileges to conduct a flight under the IFR.

Unlike a flight review, a proficiency check is a pass or fail activity and is not intended to be an opportunity to receive training to achieve competency. You may need to complete refresher training before attempting a proficiency check to avoid losing the privileges.

Not all ratings require a proficiency check.

You must get a proficiency check for these types of operational ratings:

  • instrument rating
  • aerial application rating
  • night vision imaging system.

Who conducts the proficiency check

A flight examiner with the relevant flight test endorsement can do your proficiency check.

When an examiner occupies a control seat to conduct the check in an aircraft, they must be:

  • authorised to fly the type of aircraft
  • approved to conduct proficiency checks in an aircraft.


You need to meet the proficiency check standards for your rating. These are similar to the standards specified for the flight test for the rating and are outlined in the Part 61 Manual of Standards (MOS).

At the end of a successful check the flight examiner will record the details in your licence and notify us. We will update your records with the details.

If you fail

If you don’t meet the proficiency check standards during the flight, the examiner will let you know.

You can't use your rating until you have subsequently passed the proficiency check.

Before attempting the proficiency check again, you should consider completing refresher training from a Part 141 or 142 flight training operator, if recommended by the examiner.

Validity period

Proficiency checks for operational ratings are valid for one year from the last day of the month in which the check was conducted.

Currently, you can complete a proficiency check up to 3 months before it is due to no longer be valid, and it will remain valid for 12 months from the date the previous check would have expired.

Difference between a flight review and a proficiency check

Like a flight review, a proficiency check is an assessment of your competency to the standards specified by us. A flight examiner or a person authorised by us will assess you.

Completion of a proficiency check for an operational rating in an aircraft can also satisfy the flight review requirement for the relevant aircraft rating.

For example, if you complete an aerial application rating proficiency check in a single-engine helicopter, you satisfy the flight review requirement for the single-engine helicopter class rating.

A flight review can include training along with an assessment. A flight instructor or a person we authorise will carry out the flight review.

Operator proficiency check

An operator proficiency check is an assessment conducted by an operator. It insures you are competent to conduct flights that the operator has assigned to you.

Under Part 61 rules, an operator proficiency check may sometimes substitute for another Part 61 proficiency check when conducted by a flight examiner.

Where your operator has received a 61.040 approval to have your operator proficiency check substitute for another Part 61 required check, you can do your operator proficiency check with:

  • a check pilot
  • your operators’ Head of Operations.

If the operator proficiency check includes Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations, it may satisfy:

Rules for operational proficiency checks

The rules for proficiency checks are covered in Part 61 of CASR:

  • limitations of multi-crew pilot licences – regulation 61.640 and 650
  • limitations of air transport pilot licences – regulation 61.6780 and 695
  • proficiency checks and flight reviews – aircraft type rating – regulation 61.745(3) and (3A)
  • operator proficiency check and instrument proficiency check – regulation 61.805(2)(c)
  • instrument proficiency checks – regulation 61.880
  • night vision imaging system proficiency checks – regulation 61.1015
  • aerial application proficiency checks 61.1110.

Note: Regulation 61.1055(2) refers to an operator proficiency check in low-level operations.

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5 Dec 2021
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