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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 recently announced a range of measures being put in place to help the Australian aviation industry during the current changing and unprecedented environment caused by COVID-19.
As a result, use of CASA Basics exams will be further extended by 12 months until 30 June 2021, 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.
Learn more about CASA Basics
If you are currently using the CASA Basics and SOE pathway to obtain a Part 66 licence, read the CASA Basics frequently asked questions.
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.
Aircraft type rating exams
Aircraft type rating exams are conducted by CASA approved Part 147 maintenance training organisations and cover a specific type of aircraft, engine or aircraft system. CASA approved aircraft type training courses are listed in Part 2 of AC 147-02 v6.5 (pdf 1.16 MB).
Airworthiness authority exams are customised exams organised by CASA to gauge whether an applicant is competent to carry out maintenance on a particular type of aircraft. They are also conducted when an airworthiness authority is required. These exams can be delivered in a written, oral or practical format.
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
- AC 147-02 v6.5 (pdf 1.16 MB) 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.