Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Eligibility Requirements

The general qualifications for an A&P certificate requires you to have a combination of experience, knowledge and skill with aircraft maintenance. Eligibility for an A&P rating is governed by title 14 of the Code of Federal ReGulations (14 CFR) PART 65 and further information may be obtained from your nearest Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).

The FAA mandates that all applicants for the A&P mechanic course have specific mechanical experience prior to taking the exam. There are typically three ways to demonstrate this experience:

  • Have a minimum of 18 months of supervised experience as an aircraft mechanic with practical experience in aircraft maintenance. This experience is demonstrated by a notarized statement from your employer.
  • Have military service experience as an aircraft mechanic. This experience is demonstrated by having creditable experience and specific military occupational speciality codes.
  • Attend a qualified Part 147 Training Program from an FAA-certified aviation maintenance technician school (AMTS).

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