Obtaining a Part 66 licence via overseas AME licences or Australian defence force qualifications
Recognition of overseas AME Licences
Overseas licence holders seeking recognition of their licence may go to a Part 147 Maintenance Training Organisation (MTO) that is approved by CASA for Category training. Once satisfied that the applicant is fully Category compliant, the Part 147 MTO will compile a report to CASA to enable the overseas licence holder to apply for a Part 66 licence.
For information regarding the assessment of overseas tradespersons qualifications, please contact Trades Recognition Australia GPO Box 9879, Canberra ACT 2601. Phone 61-2-6121 7456.
Australian defence force personnel
Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel seeking recognition of their ADF qualifications may go to a Part 147 MTO) that is approved by CASA for Category training. The Part 147 MTO will carry out the assessment of the Defence Force aircraft authorisations. Once satisfied the applicant is fully Category compliant, the Part 147 MTO will compile a report to CASA to enable the individual to apply for a Part 66 licence.
Further information on Part 147 MTOs approved to conduct Category training can be found in Advisory Circular 147-02 – Approved Part 147 training organisations.
Trans-Tasman mutual recognition act
The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act (TTMRA) 1997 is an agreement between the governments of New Zealand (NZ) and Australia for the recognition of regulatory standards relating to goods and occupations.
The agreement means, with the exception of a few exclusions and exemptions, all goods and business regulatory standards adopted in NZ will be recognised in Australia.
A NZ aircraft maintenance engineer licence holder will be issued the Australian equivalent. However, the TTMRA does not permit the use of a NZ aircraft maintenance engineer licence as though it were an Australian AME licence.
Before an Australian licence can be issued, NZ AME licence holders will be required to satisfy all requirements for registration under terms of the TTMRA which includes passing the Australian Airworthiness Administration (AA) examination. In addition, due to differences between the NZ and Australian AME licence rating privileges certain NZ AME licence ratings, when translated onto an Australian AME licence, will be limited and not the same as the rating normally issued.
With the introduction of Part 66 licensing in Australia, applicants under TTMRA can continue to apply using existing procedures, however the outcome for successful applicants will be a CASR Part 66 licence in the applicable category.