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General English Language Proficiency
You will need to be able to meet English language requirements to use an aeronautical radio.
Student pilots must hold a General English Language Proficiency (GELP) before their first solo flight.
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The General English Language Proficiency (GELP) will assess your everyday use of English. It does not test your knowledge of aviation terminology and can only be used to apply for certain licences and certificates, e.g. RPL without a flight radio endorsement and AROC.
A streamlined process is in place for applicants who have studied in English or been employed for a certain period in an English-speaking country.
A GELP assessment may needed for:
- Recreational Pilot Licence holders (RPL) who do not yet have a ‘Flight Radio Endorsement’
- Remote Pilot Licence holders (RePL)
- an Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate (AROC)
GELP has different requirements than the Aviation English Language Proficiency (AELP).
Step 1: Find an approved assessor
You will need to be assessed by an authorised person, such as:
- a CASA delegate
- a flight examiner with English Language Assessment approval
- a person approved to conduct GELP assessments
- the head of operations of a flight training organisation
- a grade 1 instructor authorised by the head of operations
- the Chief Remote Pilot (CRP) of an RePL training organisation
- an RePL Training Instructor authorised by the CRP
To show your general English language proficiency you must provide proof that you:
- completed or are completing secondary school in Australia or New Zealand, or the equivalent in an English-speaking country
- worked in Australia or New Zealand for at least three of the last five years
- worked in a specified country for at least three of the last five years and successfully completed an English language proficiency test
- passed an English language proficiency test
- completed a CASA-approved ELP course
An assessor will also need to be satisfied that the evidence is genuine.
English language proficiency test results
To satisfy the GELP requirement, your results on the English language proficiency tests must be at least:
- The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) general or academic training module overall grade of 5.5, with no individual grade in a paper lower than 5
- Test of English for International Communication-Secure Program (TOEIC-Secure Program/ Public Testing Centre with grades not less than:
- 350 for listening
- 300 for reading
- 160 for speaking
- 140 for writing
- Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test (TOEFL iBT): grade no less than 71
- Test of English as a Foreign Language computer-based test (TOEFL CBT): grade no less than 197
- Test of English as a Foreign Language paper-based test (TOEFL PB) with a grade no less than 530
- Assessed by a CASA approved assessor as meeting the requirements of Schedule 2 of the CASR Part 61 MOS.
Purpose of the interview
The purpose of the interview is to validate the evidence provided.
Both the applicant and the assessor must be able to understand each other.
The interview will be general in nature and may include current issues or the applicant’s background and interests.
You may use materials (newspapers and magazines) to support the interview and check an applicant’s reading skills.
Allow 20 to 30 minutes for the interview. This interview will assess your ability to:
- pronounce words clearly, using an accent that does not cause difficulty in understanding
- convey information in clearly structured sentences without confusion or ambiguity
- use your vocabulary to accurately communicate on general and technical topics, without excessive use of jargon, slang or colloquial language
- speak fluently without long pauses, repetition or excessive false starts
- respond to communications with actions that show that the information has been received and understood
- exchange information clearly in a variety of situations with both expert and non-expert English speakers while giving and receiving timely and appropriate responses
- use appropriate techniques such as questioning, non-verbal communication and paraphrasing to validate communications.
You will not be tested on aviation terminology.
What will be assessed
When preparing interview questions, assessors should:
- prepare questions that are valid and challenging
- ensure questions are not ambiguous
- ensure that the content is not technical
- avoid closed questions (those that require a yes/no answer)
- ask questions similar to the complexity you would expect during a training exercise.
The assessment ensures that an applicant has sufficient English language skills to communicate clearly and effectively during their training, operations and, where appropriate, operating air-band radios.
Make sure your assessor has your full name and aviation reference number. The assessor will make this notification to us.
Assessors must notify CASA of the outcome of GELP assessments.
- Assessors who do have an ‘Instrument of Approval’ or have approval on their FER, to conduct GELP assessments, apply via myCASA.
- Assessors who do not have an ‘Instrument of Approval’ to conduct GELP assessments, will need to complete the form Notification of English Language Proficiency (ELP) (pdf 307.13 KB)