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Aviation English Language Proficiency (AELP)
You will need to be able to meet English language requirements to use an aeronautical radio.
The Aviation English language proficiency (AELP) will assess your verbal proficiency in English and aviation terminology.
Requirements to hold an AELP
You will need to hold a current AELP to get your:
- recreational pilot licence (RPL) with a flight radio endorsement
- private pilot licence (PPL)
- commercial pilot licence (CPL)
- air transport pilot licence (ATPL)
- flight engineer licence (FEL)
- air traffic controller (ATC) licence.
You will also require an AELP if you are:
- transferring an overseas licence (unless you hold an ICAO ELP assessment on your foreign licence)
- applying for an Australian licence based on an Australian Defence Force qualification.
How to apply for your AELP assessment
Step 1: Find an approved assessor
You can find someone to assess your Aviation English Language Proficiency by talking to your local flight training school or using an approved testing centre. Assessors include:
- Aspeq* (if you have been assessed in New Zealand you will need to provide us with a certified copy of your NZ licence which shows the ELP level on it)
- Aviation Australia*
- My Aviation English*
- a CASA delegate
- a flight examiner with an ELP approval
- a person approved to conduct AELP assessments.
*Specialist Assessors are assessors who may conduct AELP assessments at all levels
Step 2: Get tested
Allow 20 to 30 minutes. You will be assessed on pronunciation, structure, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension and interactions.
You will be scored between 1 and 6. The overall rating will be the lowest of these scores.
If you do not receive a score of 6 you will need to attend a specialist assessor. You must score a minimum level of 4.
Your AELP may need to be reassessed:
- Level 4: every three years
- Level 5: every six years
- Level 6: no expiry
You must be reassessed before the end of this period to continue to exercise the privileges of your licence.
Step 3: Notification to CASA
Make sure your assessor has your full name and aviation reference number. The assessor will make this notification to us.
Assessors will need to notify CASA of the outcome of AELP assessments.
- Assessors who have an ‘Instrument of Approval’ or have approval on their FER, to conduct AELP assessments, may complete an AELP notification online
- Assessors who don’t have an ‘Instrument of Approval’, will need to complete the form Notification of English Language Proficiency (ELP) (pdf 307.13 KB)