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AC 120-54A - Advanced Qualification Program - (Change 1)

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Advanced Qualification Program - (Change 1)
Date issued
Office of Primary Responsibility
AFS-280, Air Carrier Training Systems and Voluntary Safety Programs Branch

This advisory circular (AC) provides the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidance for approval of an Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) under AQP regulatory guidance. (AQP guidance is provided in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 121 subpart Y, or in a subsequent regulation that supersedes it.) AQP is a systematic methodology for developing the content of training programs for air carrier crewmembers and dispatchers. It replaces programmed hours with proficiency-based training and evaluation derived from a detailed job task analysis that includes Crew Resource Management (CRM). AQP incorporates data-driven quality control processes for validating and maintaining the effectiveness of curriculum content. AQP provides an alternate method of qualifying and certifying, if required, pilots, flight engineers, flight attendants, aircraft dispatchers, instructors, evaluators, and other operations personnel subject to the training and evaluation requirements of 14 CFR parts 121 and 135. The AQP encourages innovation in the methods and technology that are used during instruction and evaluation, and efficient management of training systems. The goal of AQP is to achieve the highest possible standard of individual and crew performance. A leading objective of AQP is to provide effective training that will enhance professional qualifications to a level above the present standards that are provided in parts 121 and 135.

Number Title Date
120-54 Advanced Qualification Program Provides FAA guidance for approval of an Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) under SFAR 58. 1991-08-09