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Aircraft Mechanic Oral, Practical, & Written Tests

The Aviation Mechanic certificate has two ratings – the Airframe (A) and the Powerplant (P). If you decide to seek both ratings, this is commonly referred to as an "A&P Certificate".

  • You must be
    • at least 18 years old; and
    • able to read, write, speak, and understand English language.
  • You must have at least:
    • 18 months of practical experience with the procedures, practices, materials, tools, machines, and equipment generally used in constructing, maintaining, or altering an airframe or powerplant, appropriate to the rating sought; or
    • 30 months of practical experience concurrently performing the duties appropriate to both the airframe and powerplant ratings.
  • You may also be eligible:
Last updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2022