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Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Overseas Licence Conversion Examinations
New pilot licensing regulations commence on 1 September 2014. CASA is currently reviewing and, where necessary, updating all website content to ensure it correctly reflects these regulations. Please note the information on this page might be outdated. If you have any questions about the new licensing regulations please contact your local Aviation Safety Advisor or CASA’s Licensing and Registration Centre for up to date advice.
Information about conversion of overseas licences
The Australian Civil Aviation Regulations provide for the recognition of foreign flight crew licences as the basis for issue of an Australian flight crew licence. More information including TTMRA...
Conversion exams (aeroplane & helicopter)
A holder of a valid foreign PPL, CPL or ATPL licence may convert to an Australian PPL for the relevant category (e.g. aeroplane) as on their existing licence without passing a theory exam.
A holder of a valid foreign CPL licence that has been issued by an ICAO Contracting State, may convert this licence to an Australian CPL by passing a two-part exam (each to be attempted separately), namely:
- the CPL Overseas conversion exam for the relevant aircraft category (either COSA or COSH), and
- the CPL Human Factors (CHUF) exam;
and passing a flight test. Both subject-parts (CHUF and either COSA or COSH) must be passed within prescribed period of time, referred to as a ‘window’.
A holder of a valid foreign ATPL licence that has been issued by an ICAO Contracting State, may convert this licence to an Australian ATPL, by passing a two-part exam (each to be attempted separately), namely:
- The ATPL Human Factors exam (AHUF) and
- The ATPL overseas conversion exam (either AOSA or AOSH).
The parts must be passed within a prescribed period of time, referred to as a ‘window’.
Note: The issue of an Australian ATPL(A) includes within it a multi-engine instrument rating. To gain an Australian instrument rating, you must first pass the CASA Instrument Rating exam (code IREX). The Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) is incorporated with your ATPL(A) flight test. If you already hold an Australian Instrument Rating, the ATPL flight test is taken to meet the requirements of the Instrument Proficiency Check.
The candidate shall contact CASA directly for assistance on the booking. The candidate may apply to CASA in writing by email (email@example.com) or by normal mail to the address below:
Civil Aviation Safety Authority
(Attn: Flight Crew Licensing - Special booking for Overseas Licence Conversion Exams)
PO Box 2005
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Important: Overseas candidates who plan to attempt the aeroplane overseas ATPL conversion exam must allow for the time involved in the correct sequencing of the air law part-exams and the possibility of failing one or more of the exams. CASA has mandatory re-training period which may prevent a candidate from booking an examination after having failed the same subject,three or more times.
The re-training period is a safety-related requirement therefore CASA will NOT reduce it on the basis of the overseas candidate having to leave Australia prior to the completion of the re-training period. If the candidate has an urgent requirement to leave Australia before passing the exams, then he/she should plan to re-sit the exam(s) on his/her return to Australia.
The candidate is personally responsible for taking these factors into account in the planning of his/her own availability for the exams.
Exam details (Aeroplane & Helicopter)
|CPL Overseas conversion (Aeroplane)||COSA||2 hours||80%|
|CPL Overseas conversion (Helicopter)||COSH||2 hours||80%|
|Human Factors (Aeroplane & Helicopter)||CHUF||1.25 hours||70%|
|ATPL Overseas conversion (Aeroplane)||AOSA||3 hours||80%|
|ATPL Overseas conversion (Helicopter)||AOSH||3 hours||80%|
|ATPL Human Factors||AHUF||1.25 hours||70%|
Exam venues and bookings
Booking of these exams are made directly with Aspeq on their website Aspeq exams.