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A&P FAQ

  • You must be 18 years old
  • Able to read, write, speak and understand English
    (or in the case of an applicant who does not meet this requirement and who is employed outside of the United States by a U.S. air carrier, have his certificate endorsed “Valid only outside the United States”)
  • At least 18 months of practical experience (TIME STARTS AFTER TECH SCHOOL) with the procedures, practices, materials, tools, machine tools, and equipment generally used in constructing, maintaining, or altering airframes, or powerplants appropriate to the rating sought
    or
    At least 30 months of practical experience (TIME STARTS AFTER TECH SCHOOL) concurrently performing the duties appropriate to both the airframe and powerplant ratings.
  • You must pass all three knowledge exams (General, Airframe, Powerplant) within a period of 24 months
  • NOTE: Payments must be made 2 weeks prior to in person course. We will reimburse if you have a third party agency funding your course./li>
  • AF COOL (pays for prep courses), Navy/Marine COOL, Army COOL or CA pays for exams.
  • VA (reimburses the cost for the license. Forms and info here
  • Veteran’s Outreach program office/Economic development offices in your state may pay for licenses.
  • For hotels, Hilton Honors Program will pay for your stay while you obtain your license. Coordinate it with your Economic Development Office or Veteran Outreach Program Office.
  • Some states are involved in the program and some not so please check in.

Typically 7-14 Days depending on your studying abilities and if you are obtaining one or two ratings. We provide presentations and hands on training then we prepare on your knowledge exams and oral exams.

Retakes must be paid by student. We can help reimburse the exams using the VA funds. Depending how late in the day or week, reschedule maybe same day.

1. You’ll study for your General, Airframe and/or Powerplant knowledge exams.

2. Then you’ll work on hands on training.

3. Study for your Oral questions and answers.

4. Once ready, we’ll schedule you with the DME and you’ll take the exam.

5. Examination which may be an all day event.

  • Study your General book/app. That way when you you’ll be better prepared and ahead.
  • Get rid of all distractions. (email/app/phone notifications)
  • Our books are modified so you may have the highest chance of passing.
  • We provide quizzes if you are struggling.
  • Download the ASA Prepware app for Android or Iphone. (You’ll be reimbursed)

The Military A&P program aligned with FAA requirements. Completing this program, outlined in the program Qualification Training Package (QTP), will assist technicians in meeting FAA eligibility requirements and being better-prepared for the FAA exams. Please contact ccaf.faa@us.af.mil for more info. After the program you’ll receive the Certification of Eligibility (COE) which will be accepted as your “tickets” to begin the A&P testing.

  • If you meet the eligibility requirements, contact your local or state Flight Standard District Office (FSDO) and make an appointment for an interview. The locator is here Ask for other requirements needed. Get your TBA or training records printed out is usually what they need. If you’re a vet print out your DD214. Again, ask the FSDO rep for any other requirements.
  • FSDO rep will sign your Form 8610-2 AKA “tickets” and you now can begin your A&P testing.
  • The form doesn’t expire unless you take a test.
  • If you have started your testing, you have 24 months to complete it.

GROL

Those who learn to do both mechanical and electronics work become valued team members and have more career opportunities, especially if they master both. Unfortunately, the FAA has no certificate for the avionics specialty and no official plans to implement one.

Currently, the FCC General Radio Operator License (GROL) is the most commonly accepted license amongst employers for avionics techs. The Air Force continues to build small teams to cross train maintainers who will have more capabilities which results in saving manpower and time.

Read more about the undeniable reason Why A&P Techs (especially Avionics) should seek the GROL

General

It’s definitely doable to go through the process without any help. It’s possible to accomplish your written exams and do the practicals from youtube videos. The information is out there.

Not knowing where to start, you’ll find yourself researching through articles, social media platforms like reddit, FAA regulations, deciphering true statements, etc. This could take several hours, days, and months. You’ll experience trial and error along with precious time wasted.

As many took this path, the process sucked and sucked a lot of time and energy out of them. This is a big reason why I started this school.

Read more about the difference between DIY and our prep course.