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Using CASA Basics to get an aircraft engineer licence or remove exclusions
Learn how the CASA Basics exams can be used until 3 July 2020 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.
This information applies to:
- all apprentices and tradespeople in aircraft maintenance engineering (AME)
- all Part 66 licensed aircraft maintenance engineers (LAME)
- CASR Part 147 maintenance training organisations (MTO)
- CASR Part 145 approved maintenance organisations (AMO)
- CAR 30 Certificate of Approval holders
- Registered training organisations (RTO) offering aeroskills training.
CASA Basics and schedule of experience
CASA Basics are a series of examinations offered by CASA. The exams cover theory, laws, principles and practices relating to each aircraft engineer licence category. Applicants for an aircraft engineer licence must understand these subjects before they can be expected to understand how aircraft systems function.
A schedule of experience (SOE) log is a verified document used to provide evidence that you have the required level of practical experience to gain your aircraft engineer licence or rating.
Questions and answers
- What can CASA Basics and a schedule of experience be used for?
Until 3 July 2020, you can use CASA Basics and a recognised schedule of experience to:
- obtain an aircraft engineer licence covering non-type rated aircraft (similar to previous CAR 31 'lower group' ratings)
- obtain an aircraft engineer licence covering turbine engine privileges for non-type rated aircraft (with the addition of CASA approved turbine engine training)
- remove exclusions from an already held aircraft engineer licence (category or subcategory)
- remove exclusions from already held aircraft type ratings when combined with CASA approved aircraft type training related to the exclusions.
- What are the different categories of an aircraft engineer licence?
An aircraft engineer licence can be issued in any of the categories and subcategories listed below when using CASA Basics and a schedule of experience log.
Category A (mechanical)
- A1 – turbine-engine aeroplanes
- A2 – piston-engine aeroplanes
- A3 – turbine-engine helicopters
- A4 – piston-engine helicopters
Category B1 (mechanical)
- B1.1 – turbine-engine aeroplanes
- B1.2 – piston-engine aeroplanes
- B1.3 – turbine-engine helicopters
- B1.4 – piston-engine helicopters
Category B2 (avionics)
- B2 - aircraft (aeroplanes and helicopters)
Category C (not applicable to CASA Basics and the schedule of experience)
- Large aircraft in a base maintenance activity
- What is the difference between type rated and non-type rated aircraft?
Type rated aircraft are typically large aircraft including aeroplanes over 5,700 kg maximum take-off weight (MTOW) and multi-engine helicopters. CASA sometimes assigns type ratings to other aircraft (such as particular small aircraft) or specific engines if CASA has a reason that type training would improve aviation safety. See Appendix IX of the Part 66 manual of standards for the list of type rated aircraft and engines requiring type training before a type rating can be issued on your licence.
Non-type rated aircraft are generally those weighing not more than 5,700 kg or aircraft above 5,700 kg that CASA deems a type rating is not needed. Maintenance of these aircraft are covered by category B1 and category B2 aircraft engineer licences (as long as the maintenance is within the scope of the licence) and do not require a specific aircraft type rating on your licence.
- Can I use CASA Basics to get a licence for maintaining type rated aircraft?
No. You cannot use CASA Basics and the schedule of experience to gain a licence for maintaining type rated aircraft. Instead, you need to complete training with an organisation approved by CASA to deliver licensing and aircraft type training. This is available through:
- Part 147 maintenance training organisations (see Advisory Circular 147-02 for a list of approved Part 147 MTOs)
- Part 145/CAR 30 approved maintenance organisations endorsed by CASA to undertake aircraft type training.
- Can I use CASA Basics to get a licence for maintaining non-type rated aircraft?
Yes. CASA Basics and the schedule of experience can be used to gain a licence that covers non-type rated aircraft.
- I already have an aircraft engineer licence. How can I use CASA Basics?
If you already hold an aircraft engineer licence, you can use CASA Basics and a recognised schedule of experience (including aircraft theory type training where applicable) to:
- remove exclusions from a category or subcategory on your licence
- remove exclusions from a rating on your licence.
- What is an exclusion on a licence?
An exclusion on your licence indicates that you do not have privileges to conduct certification of maintenance on the specified aircraft system. On your aircraft engineer licence the exclusions, limitations and additional privileges that apply to you are printed adjacent to the licence or rating. To find out what they mean, refer to the explanatory list on the last page of your licence.
- I'm an unlicensed aircraft maintenance engineer. How can I use CASA Basics?
If you are an unlicensed aircraft maintenance engineer (AME), then you can use CASA Basics and a schedule of experience log to qualify for an aircraft engineer licence covering non-type rated aircraft until 3 July 2020.
- Can I use my existing CASA Basics credits?
CASA Basics credits do not expire (unlike CASA approved Part 147 category and subcategory training or CASA approved aircraft type training).
You can use your existing CASA Basics credits:
- in conjunction with a schedule of experience log to qualify for an aircraft engineer licence (for non-type rated aircraft licensing ) or
- towards a 'recognition of prior learning' assessment that can be conducted by a Part 147 maintenance training organisation for gaining your aircraft engineer licence.
- How do I book an exam?
For CASA Basics exam sitting dates or to book an exam, visit Aspeq exams.
- What happens if I fail a CASA Basics exam?
Penalties will apply to CASA Basics exams when there are three consecutive failures for a subject. Generally, you will not be able to retake that exam for eight weeks. This provides sufficient time for you to take remedial training and study based on key deficiency reporting that is provided after each exam. If you fail an exam, you may reapply at the next available sitting date where three consecutive failures are not recorded for that subject.
- What other options are available for getting an aircraft engineer licence that covers non-type rated aircraft?
As an alternative to using CASA Basics and the schedule of experience, you may be able to get an aircraft engineer licence that covers non-type rated aircraft privileges by completing the relevant training with a CASA-approved Part 147 maintenance training organisation.
To find out more, we recommend you contact a maintenance training organisation and discuss the training they offer in more detail.
See Advisory Circular 147-02 for a list of CASA approved Part 147 maintenance training organisations.
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.
- Advisory Circular 147-02 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.
- Part 66 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (CASR) sets out how an aircraft engineer licence is applied for and granted and explains the appropriate use of the licence and ratings.