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Aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) exams
A range of aircraft maintenance engineer exams are available.
CASA Basics exams (CAR 31 AME Basic exams)
CASA Basics exams can be used until 3 July 2020 as a pathway to obtain an aircraft engineer licence that covers non-type rated aircraft, or to remove exclusions from an existing licence or aircraft type rating.
There are two types of CASA Basics exams:
- Core exams - cover theory, laws, principles and practices relating to each licence category. Applicants for an aircraft engineer licence must understand these subjects before they can be expected to understand how aircraft systems function.
- 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.
CASA Basics exams are conducted online by Aspeq exams (on behalf of CASA).
For exam sitting dates or to book an exam, visit Aspeq exams.
Learn more about CASA Basics
See Using CASA Basics to get an aircraft engineer licence or remove exclusions for more detail, including answers to frequently asked questions.
Specific type exams
Specific type exams are conducted by a Part 147 maintenance training organisation and cover a specific type of aircraft, engine or aircraft system. CASA approved Specific Type courses are listed in Part 2 of AC 147-02 v 5.15 (pdf 1.08 MB).
Airworthiness authority exams are custom exams organised by CASA to gauge whether an applicant is competent to perform a particular type of aircraft maintenance. They are also conducted when an airworthiness authority is required. These exams can be performed as written, oral and practical tests.
Resources and guidance
- See the Part 66 manual of standards (MOS) and associated Part 66 acceptable means of compliance (AMC) and guidance material (GM) document for details of licence privileges, aircraft systems, designations, conditions and limitations, and other related information
- Advisory Circular 147-02 provides a list of approved Part 147 maintenance training organisations
- The AME licensing airworthiness advisory circulars (AAC 9-0 and AAC 9-91 to AAC 9-95) provide further information on topics such as general aircraft engineer licensing information, aircraft maintenance engineer basics exams, licence categories and schedule of experience requirements
- The AME licensing procedures manual covers procedures for issuing, changing and renewing aircraft engineer licences and Airworthiness Authorities
- Part 66 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) sets out how aircraft engineer licences and ratings are applied for and granted, CASA’s recognition of foreign and Defence Force licences and the conditions and offences applicable to licences.