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Candidates attempting a CASA exam are required to satify pre-qualifications and in the case of UAV controllers and candidates for any of the conversion exams (COSA, COSH, AOSA and AOSH) produce evidence of this to the exam Invigilator prior to the commencement of any exam attempt.
Where the pre-qualification does not mention the word 'licence' in full, this shall be taken to mean a theory exam credit.
You should realise that prior to the commencement of each exam, the Invigilator is required to verify that you have satisfied these Pre-qualification Requirements. If you are unable to produce the required pre-qualification, then you will not be permitted to sit the exam.
Integrated CPL course
Candidates who are completing either an approved integrated 150 hour CPLA or a 100 hour CPLH course, should be aware that additional requirements must be satisfied prior to sitting some examinations, which may include elements such as:
- Passing RPLA or RPLH and commenced cross country training; or
- Achieving the competencies for the RPL; or
- 5 hours pilot in command cross country time; or
- Any alternative requirements specified within their approved ‘Integrated’ course of training.
Candidates doing an integrated CPL course should check with their HOO to ensure they satisfy the integrated course requirements prior to booking their exams.
Candidates converting an overseas licence
An overseas licence may be checked and assessed by FCL. Note that only valid* overseas licences from an ICAO Contracting State are automatically recognised by CASA.
In the List of Pre-qualifications Required table below, 'valid'* means the licence does not have a 'Restricted', 'Suspended', 'Cancelled', 'Void', 'No Longer Valid', 'Temporary', or other restricting notice entered by the issuing authority. An expired licence may still be accepted, provided it does not carry such a notification.
Pilots converting a foreign PPL, CPL or ATPL licence to an Australian licence, must bring their existing foreign licence to the examination centre, in addition to their identification document(s), which in most cases, would be their current International Passport.
Overseas theory exams credits are NOT recognised by CASA.
Failure to satisfy these mandatory pre-qualifications
If a candidate has been inadvertently permitted to undertake an exam without satisfying the appropriate prequalification requirement(s), this shall be taken as the candidate knowingly sat that CASA exam without mandatory pre-requisite qualification. CASA will consider any pass result(s) in the exam(s) undertaken as null and void, and invalidate them.
|Exam Code||Pre-qualifications Required|
|RPLA||No ‘pre-qualification’ required.|
|RPLH||No ‘pre-qualification’ required.|
|RPLN||No ‘pre-qualification’ required.|
|PPLA||No ‘pre-qualification’ required.|
|PPLH||No ‘pre-qualification’ required.|
|CPL(A) and CPL(H) exams including:
CNAV, CMET, CHUF, CADA, CSYA, CFPA, CLWA, CADH, CSYH, CFPH and CLWH.
|No ‘pre-qualification’ required.|
|COSA – Overseas CPL(A) conversion||For an overseas conversion, a valid* foreign CPL(A) or ATPL(A) licence.|
|COSH – Overseas CPL(H) conversion||For an overseas conversion, a valid* foreign CPL(H) or ATPL(H) licence.|
|ATPL (A); including AALW, ANAV, AMET, AHUF, APLA, AFPA and AASA||An Australian CPL(A) licence; or
Full set of all seven subject-part CPL(A) theory passes; or
For an overseas conversion, a valid* foreign ATP(A)L licence.
|ATPL (H); including AALW, ANAV, AMET, AHUF, APLH, AFPH and AASH||An Australian CPL(H) licence; or
Full set of all seven subject-part CPL(H) theory passes; or
For an overseas conversion, a valid* foreign ATPL(H) licence.
|AOSA – Overseas ATPL(A) conversion||For an overseas conversion, a valid* foreign ATPL(A) licence.|
|AOSH – Overseas ATPL(H) conversion||For an overseas conversion, a valid* foreign ATPL(H) licence.|
|IREX||At least an Australian PPL(A) or PPL(H) licence or higher grade of licence; or
A candidate, who is undergoing an ‘integrated course’ of training, may as part of their course, be approved by FCL to sit IREX; or
A Certificate of Validation (CoV); or
‘UAV Controller’s certificate’ for UAV controllers; or
Remote Pilot Licence (RePL) for RPAS operators.
|PIFR||At least a PPL(A) or PPL(H) licence or higher or higher grade of licence.|
|PIRC||At least an Australian PPL(A) or PPL(H) licence or higher grade of licence; or
a Certificate of Validation (CoV).
|AGRA||At least an Australian CPL(A) licence or higher grade of Aeroplane licence.|
|AGRH||At least an Australian CPL(H) licence or higher grade of Helicopter licence.|
If you are in doubt, please contact Flight Crew Licensing (FCL) for clarification.