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Aircraft maintenance certifying engineer

Maintaining and certifying a range of civil and military aircraft - from small aeroplanes and passenger airliners to jet fighters and helicopters.

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


4 (equivalent to certificate of higher education)

Typical length
48 months
Current funding band
Up to £24,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by employer.

Candidates will usually have 4 GCSEs at grade B (or above) - including English, maths and physics.

What apprentices will learn
  • aircraft maintenance practices and principles - including aircraft materials, fundamentals of aircraft systems and supervising fault diagnosis and functional checks
  • aviation safety practices and principles - including military and civil air legislation and requirements and human attitudes and behaviours
  • aviation mathematical techniques, formulas, calculations and physics
  • maintaining aircraft airworthiness - including inspecting and repairing major aircraft assemblies, components and systems and identifying damage, fatigue and corrosion
  • maintaining aircraft airworthiness - including bonding and assembly, sealing and jointing and precision drilling and finishing
  • using hand, mechanical and electrical tools and equipment - including ground support and measuring and test equipment
  • interpreting and improving engineering data - including aircraft documentation, computer generated information, drawings, maintenance manuals and specifications
  • health and safety practices, procedures and legislation within an airworthiness environment
  • level 2 aerospace and aviation (foundation competence)
  • level 4 aerospace and aviation (development competence)
  • certification against the EASA part 66 modules - (B licence)

Before taking their end-point assessment, apprentices must:

  • achieve level 23 English, and maths and physics (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to B)
Professional registration

This apprenticeship meets the requirements for engineering technician (EngTech) registration by relevant professional engineering institutions.

End-Point Assessment
View a list of end-point assessment organisations for this standard
Organisation Phone Number Email
Royal Aeronautical Society 0207 670 4300
The Institution of Engineering and Technology 01438 765526
Institution of Mechanical Engineers 020 7304 6970
More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.