In response to an October 2018 petition by the AEA, the FAA has formally recognized ASTM’s NCATT Aircraft Electronics Technician certification as equivalent to formal training when showing eligibility for the issuance of a repairman certificate.
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.
The Federal Aviation Regulations have specific requirements for eligibility for a repairman certificate, including age, qualifications specific to the job assignment, language, and being recommended by the employer; the regulations also list specific requirements for qualifications. To be qualified for recommendation, the applicant must have either at least 18 months of practical experience applicable to the maintenance duties of the specific job, or completed formal training specifically designed to qualify the applicant for the job on which the applicant is employed.
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