The AEA, in its continuing effort to promote the avionics industry and the value and rewards of an avionics technician career, petitioned the FAA to recognize the scope and details contained within the NCATT AET certification as an acceptable means of compliance to the formal education option as listed in Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) section 65.101(a)(5)(ii).

The steps below outline the process for achieving industry and regulatory recognition as an avionics technician.

Step 1: AET Certification

  1. Get AET Certified
  2. Plus pass an endorsement exam for one or more of the following:
    • Aircraft Electronics Installation Technician (AEIT)
    • Autonomous Navigation Systems (ANS)
    • Dependent Navigation Systems (DNS)
    • Radio Communication Systems (RCS)
    • Onboard Communications and Safety Systems (OCS)


Step 2: Repairman Certificate

For FAA guidance in completing your application, refer to Airman Certification (Part 65 Repairman).

  1. Complete Repairman Certificate Application (application pdf)
  2. Draft Letter of Recommendation (sample pdf)
  3. Include FAA Response to AEA Petition
  4. Attach copy of NCATT AET
  5. Attach copies of NCATT endorsement(s)

In a Dec. 7, 2018, letter to the AEA,  Jackie L. Black, manager of the FAA’s Aircraft Maintenance Division noted that presentation of the NCATT AET certification along with a minimum of one additional endorsement meets the intent of the regulation stated in 14 CFR section 65.101 (a)(5)(ii) for the issuance of a repairman’s certificate.

After careful review of the NCATT AET certification and endorsement program, we find that these certifications demonstrate the technicians’ knowledge base and will assess the competencies of the qualified individual.” — Jackie L. Black, manager of the FAA’s Aircraft Maintenance Division

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