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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
The Institution of Engineering and Technology 01438 765526
Institution of Mechanical Engineers 020 7304 6970