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Things you must know about CASR Part 66
The essential facts
The new CASR Part 66 sets the standards and requirements for Australian maintenance certification licences.
By gaining a CASR Part 66 licence, you will have a licence with greater potential for eventual recognition by other countries.
- A new approach to licensing aircraft maintenance engineers has been introduced by CASR Part 66.
- CASR Part 66 is part of a suite of CASRs for aircraft maintenance that came into effect on 27 June 2011.
- The main changes to the licensing system centre on:
- New licence categories;
- The privileges each licence confers; and
- The competency-based training requirements that underpin the licence qualification.
- The new CASR Part 66 maintenance certification licensing regulations replace CAR 31.
- The system is based on the A, B1, B2 and C categories and type ratings used by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
- Any person applying for a new licence or rating after 27 June 2011 will do so under the provisions of CASR Part 66. There are provisions to accept the CAR 31 exam and Standard Operating Environment standards for four years.
- For CASR Part 66 licensing, CASA will only recognise training outcomes from CASA-approved and oversighted CASR Part 147 maintenance training organisations. The maintenance training organisations will provide training and assessments for category, subcategory and aircraft type rating training.
- As of 27 June 2011, you must make use of your Basics Training credits within four years. However, you may still use your credits as evidence for RPL by a CASR Part 147 maintenance training organisation after June 2015.
- As of 27 June 2011, you must convert your SOE book to a licence privilege(s) within four years. However, you may still use your SOE as evidence for RPL by a Part 147 maintenance training organisation after June 2015.
- How CASR Part 66 affects you will depend on what type of organisation you work for:
To ensure continuous improvement of the new look maintenance regulations web-pages, your feedback would be greatly appreciated. Please email any comments or questions to AME.Licensing@casa.gov.au.