CAR 31 AME basic examination information
- AME licensing examinations schedule
- AME examinations
- Types of AME examinations
- AME examination syllabuses
AME licensing examinations schedule
Changes are being made to the way CASA delivers its examinations for aircraft maintenance engineers. (AME)
People can continue to sit the CASA basic exams and use schedules of experience to obtain a small aircraft maintenance license until July 2020.
To support this, CASA is moving to an online system which will be administered by Aspeq. CASA will retain responsibility for the AME examination syllabus content and question development.
Aspeq will host the examinations a minimum of six times a year at multiple locations around Australia. In locations where the provision of AME examinations aligns with the provision of pilot examinations, the AME examinations will be held more frequently.
For more details on AME exam sitting dates or to book an exam, visit Aspeq exams
One of the conditions of eligibility to apply for an aircraft maintenance engineers licence is to complete examinations that relate to the type of licence category being sought. Examinations are designed to ensure that an individual has the level of technical skill and legislative knowledge to hold a part 66 licence.
No failure penalty will apply to AME exams. Applicants who fail an examination may reapply at the next available sitting date.
CASA Examinations held after 26 June 2015 will result in a small aircraft licensing outcome or exclusion (on a licence or type rating) removal only.
Further information is available in AAC part 9 - AME licensing.
Types of AME examinations
Core exams cover theory, laws, principles and practices relating to each Category. Applicants for AME licences must understand these subjects before they can be expected to understand how aircraft systems function. Core examinations are also known as "basic examinations".
Specific group exams cover the theory of the generic operation of aircraft systems. They are intended to meet the needs of general aviation, and do not cover specific aircraft types or models.
Specific Type exams cover a specific type of aircraft, engine or system. Specific type aircraft and engine examinations provided by CASA are listed in AAC 9-91 to AAC 9-95 for each category - airframes, electrical, engines, instruments and radio. CASA approved Specific Type courses and examinations are listed in AAC 9-4 for overseas courses and AAC 9-5 for Australian courses.
Category technical competency (CTC)
CASA CTC exams for ADF and foreign licence holders are no longer available. ADF and foreign licence holders seeking a CASR part 66 licence need to contact a CASA approved part 147 maintenance training organisation (MTO) for an assessment that can lead to a CASR part 66 licence outcome. A list of CASA approved part 147 MTO can be found in Advisory Circular - AC 147-2 - Approved part 147 training organisations
Airworthiness authority non-AME licence
Airworthiness authority exams may be written, oral and practical tests to gauge the applicant's suitability and competency to perform the relevant type of aircraft maintenance and the circumstances in which the airworthiness authority is required.
AME exam syllabuses
Syllabus of training
The syllabus of training documents listed below in the syllabus of training section can be downloaded from the CASA website in the Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format.