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Examiner Rating Proficiency Check (EPC) and Professional Development Program (PDP) implementation plans
Learn about the changes to Examiner Rating Proficiency Check and Professional Development Program requirements.
Download a print-friendly version of the Examiner Rating Proficiency Check (EPC) and Professional Development Program (PDP) implementation plans information sheet.
Who should read this information?
- Flight examiners
- Flight training organisations
- Holders of regulation 61.040 approvals
What is an Examiner Rating Proficiency Check?
An Examiner Rating Proficiency Check (EPC) is a procedure undertaken to ensure that the holder of the rating continues to be competent when exercising the privileges of his or her flight examiner rating. The check involves an assessment of the examiner’s knowledge of relevant policies, procedures and examining principles followed by an assessment of the examiner conducting a flight test or proficiency check in an aircraft or simulator, the check concludes with a debriefing. Where possible, the assessment conducted in an aircraft or simulator is done by observing a flight test or proficiency check being carried out. However, when this is not possible the person conducting the check may role-play a flight test or proficiency check candidate.
The policy underpinning proficiency checks is derived from the ICAO Annex 1 Standard which states: ‘a Contracting State, having issued a licence shall ensure that the privileges of that licence, or related ratings, are not exercised unless the holder maintains competency and meets the requirements for recent experience established by that State.’
What is a Professional Development Program?
A professional development program (PDP) provides ongoing and refresher education for flight examiners with the key objective of improved safety through standards. PDPs are delivered in a collaborative style and cover assessment methodology and standardisation, current policy and practice in relation to the conduct of flight tests and proficiency checks, a discussion on current issues and performance trends, and the expected behaviours of examiners. As well, PDPs are used to ensure flight examiners receive periodic updates on changes to procedures and legislation.
Approved Testing Officers and holders of regulation 61.040 approvals are also required to participate in the PDP scheme.
Why change the implementation plan?
The changes introduce a schedule that staggers the due dates for EPCs and PDPs over the two-year cycle. This prevents a two-yearly peak in the demand from candidates wanting to complete EPCs and PDPs at the same time.
Does the EPC exemption CASA EX133/16 apply to me?
The EPC does not apply to you if you have completed an EPC from 1 September 2014.
This exemption does not apply to approved testing officers (ATOs) who were granted a flight examiner on 1 September 2018. Exemption CASA EX70/18 was made specifically for this cohort. This exemption came into effect on 1 September 2018. The exemption extends the time required to complete an EPC. It is consistent with arrangements outlined in CASA EX133/16.
Does the PDP exemption CASA EX134/16 apply to me?
The exemption does not apply to you if you have completed a PDP from 1 September 2014.
Do the EPC and the PDP exemptions apply to holders of regulation 61.040 approvals?
The exemptions CASA EX133/16 and CASA 134/16 do not apply to 61.040 approvals. Most 61.040 approvals include a requirement that the holder of the approval complies with the EPC and PDP requirements. Amendments to these approvals are being made to align the EPC and PDP requirements with the exemption dates.
If you have completed a full entry control process including flight examiner rating equivalent ground and flight/simulator training and a test, then you are considered to have a current EPC and PDP if the test was conducted within the previous two years of the date of the EPC and PDP exemptions.
What is the due date for EPCs and PDPs for those covered by the exemptions?
The dates for EPCs CASA EX133/16 and PDPs CASA 134/16 are in the two year period from July 2017 to June 2019.
The dates for EPCs CASA EX70/18 are in the two-year period from 1 September 2018 to 31 August 2020.
If the exemption applies to you, your due date for completing an EPC and PDP is based on your month and year of birth. The applicable date is the end of your birth month and the year depends on whether your year of birth is an odd or even number.
- Sally was born in October 1976. Her EPC and PDP due date is 30 October 2018.
- Philip was born in January 1981. His EPC and PDP due date is 31 January 2019.
- Jill was born on 29 February of a leap year. Her EPC and PDP due date is 31 March 2018.
On expiry of the exemptions, you need to comply with the Part 61 two- year rule for PDPs – regulation 61.1270, and EPCs - regulation 61.1285.
What if I have already completed an EPC?
If you have completed an EPC, your next EPC will be due two years from when you completed the last EPC. An EPC can be done up to three months before it is due.
What if I have already completed a PDP?
If you have completed all the requirements for the grant of a flight examiner rating, including the CASA Flight Examiner Rating course, then the flight examiner rating course will have covered the PDP requirement. You next PDP will be due two years after you have obtained your flight examiner rating.
If you have completed a PDP, your next one will be due in two years.
Will the due date for my EPC and PDP always be related to by birth month and year?
No, once you complete the deferred EPC and PDP, your subsequent EPC and PDP will be due in accordance with Part 61 regulations 61.1270 (PDPs) and 61.1285 (EPC).
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