Civil Aviation Directive (CAD) No. REG-009

Issuance of Official Credentials

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Issuing Office: Policy and Regulatory Services
Activity Area: Rulemaking CAD No.: REG-009
File No.: Z 5000-7-1 Issue No: 01
RDIMS No.: 3905600-V1 Effective Date: 2008-08-08


1.1  Purpose

The purpose of this Civil Aviation Directive is to define the criteria to assist in the determination and issuance of official credentials within Transport Canada Civil Aviation, in accordance with the Transport Canada Inspector/Officer Credentials, Badges and Stamps (formerly known as delegation of authority “credentials card”) Policy.

1.2  Applicability

This document is applicable to all Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) employees who occupy positions that carry a Ministerial Delegation of Authority.

1.3  Description of Changes

Not Applicable.


2.1  Reference Documents

It is intended that the following reference materials be used in conjunction with this document:

  1. Aeronautics Act;

  2. Transport Canada Inspector/Officer Credentials, Badges and Stamps Policy (RDIMS 1538705)

  3. Protocol Official TC Inspector/Officer Credentials Badges and Stamps (RDIMS 2131014);

  4. Civil Aviation Directive (CAD) 7, Revision 4, September 8, 2006 — Requisite Training to Obtain Ministerial Delegation of Authority;

  5. Civil Aviation Directive (CAD) 7A, original, April 1, 2002 — Issuance and Monitoring of Official Credentials for Ministerial Delegation of Authority and,

  6. Civil Aviation Directive (CAD) 10, original, September 8, 2004 — Requisite Training for Employees to Continue to Exercise Ministerial Delegation of Authority,

  7. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (CAD)(RDIMS 2580928) and associated (SI) (RDIMS 2582101).

2.2  Cancelled Documents

Not Applicable.

2.3  Definitions and Abbreviations

The following definitions and abbreviations are used in this document:

  1. Transport Canada (TC) Designation Identification (ID) Card and Certificate of Designation means a delegation of authority credential card.

  2. RAIC means Restricted Area Identity Card.

  3. Official TC Designation ID card and Certificate of Designation together means credentials.


  1. As a federal regulator, Transport Canada (TC) provides to all its Inspectors an official designation ID card and, where required, a certificate of designation (together referred to as “credentials”).

  2. These credentials identify both the Inspector/Officer and the powers, duties and functions that the Inspector/Officer is authorized to exercise or perform.

  3. Where required, TC designation ID cards will also have biometric capabilities to be compatible with airport access control systems (RAIC-compatible).

  4. The Protocol for Official TC Inspector Credentials, Badges and Stamps (RDIMS 2131014) stipulates that the TC designation ID Card is the primary means of identification for all Transport Canada Inspectors.

  5. The Inspector Badge is to be used only as a means of last resort. At all times, the Badge is to remain in the leather case that has been provided, with the flap covering the Badge. The Badge is to be shown only if required to do so. The Badge is not to be worn or displayed on any clothing of any type.

  6. It is the responsibility of each functional authority within Safety and Security to determine and identify the Inspectors that require TC designation ID cards, RAIC-compatible TC designation ID cards, badges and stamps.

  7. In accordance with Civil Aviation Directive 7A Issuance and Monitoring of Official credentials for Ministerial Delegation of Authority, it is Civil Aviation policy that:

    1. An employee, in a position governed by a Delegation of Authority Schedule, will be issued an official designation ID card to demonstrate evidence of the authority associated with that position.

    2. This is conditional on completing mandatory training as listed in CAD 7.

    Note: CAD 7, CAD 7A, CAD 10 and the Ministerial Delegation of Authority document will also be amended to reflect, where applicable, the elements of this CAD and also to reflect the TCCA organisational changes.


The elements of the official credentials to be considered for all TC delegated officials:

A TC Designation ID card; and

A Certificate of Designation card

Inspector stamp

Biometric Restricted Area Identity Card (RAIC) - compatible TC designation ID card

Inspector badge


5.1  Criteria to Consider for the TC Designation ID Card and the Certificate of Designation Card(s)

  1. A TC designation ID Card and a Certificate of Designation Card will be provided:

    1. For all positions within Delegation Schedules that specify the following authorities pursuant to the Aeronautics Act:

      1. Subsection 8.7(1) Subject to subsection 8.7(4) of the Aeronautics Act:
        (a) to enter any aircraft, aerodrome, facility relating to aeronautics or any premises used for the design, manufacture, distribution, maintenance or installation of aeronautical products for the purposes of making inspections or audits relating to the enforcement of Part I of that Act;

      2. Subsection 8.7(1.1) In carrying out an inspection or audit in any place referred to in paragraph (1)(a); and

    2. Where mandatory training is completed to receive the authorities set out in (i) and (ii) above or where applicable restrictions have been imposed by management.

  2. The following table gives an indication of the impact of the criteria described above:

    Positions that will be issued a TC Designation ID card, a Certificate of Designation card and a badge: Positions that will not normally be issued a TC Designation ID card, a Certificate of Designation card, nor a badge:
    A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6
    B1, B3, B4, B5, B6
    C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6,
    C7, C8, C9, C10
    D1, D2, D3, D4 , D5
    E1, E2, E3, E4,E5, E6, E7,
    E8, E9
    F1, F2, F3, F4, F5
    G1, G2, G3, G4, G5
    H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6,
    H7, H8, H9, H10, H12, H13,
    H14, H15, H16, H18, H20,
    H21, H22, H23, H24
    K1, K2, K3, K4, K5
    (Please see Appendix A for position title reference)
    H11, H17,H19
    (Please see Appendix A for position title reference)

5.2  Criteria for a stamp

A stamp will be provided only for Civil Aviation Safety Inspector positions within the Delegation of Authority schedules as determined by the respective HQ Branch Directors.

5.3  Criteria for a biometric RAIC - compatible TC Designation ID card

  1. A biometric RAIC-compatible TC designation ID card facilitates access to restricted areas at Class I and Class II airports will be provided only:

    1. For those positions within Delegation of Authority schedules that include the authorities of subsections 8.7(1) and 8.7(1.1) of the Aeronautics Act;

    2. Where mandatory training is completed to receive the authorities in (a) above or where applicable restrictions have been imposed by management;

    3. Where the authority is required to carry out core duties of an operational nature such as airside inspections, audits, assessments, validation or oversight duties as opposed to management/administration duties or upon approval of branch directors for operational requirements; and

    4. Where the person holds a Secret or Top Secret security clearance status;

    5. For any position that requires the exercise of powers, functions or duties giving rise to compliance with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITARs).

5.4  Criteria for Inspector Badge

  1. Only those inspectors that are holders of a TC Designation ID card will be issued a Badge.

  2. The following table gives an indication of the impact of the above criteria for the issuance of a RAIC-compatible card.

    Positions that will be issued a biometric RAIC-compatible TC designation ID card : Positions that will not necessarily be issued a biometric RAIC-compatible TC designation ID card :
    B4, B5, B6
    C8, C9, C10
    DI, D3, D5
    E4, E7
    F3, F4, F5
    G3, G4, G5
    H2, H3, H4, H10, H12, H13, H14, H15, H16,
    H18, H20, H21, H22, H23, H24
    K2, K5
    (Please see Appendix A for position title reference)
    A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6
    B1, B2, B3
    C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7, C11
    D2, D4
    E1, E2, E3, E5, E6, E8, E9, E10
    F1, F2
    G1, G2, G6
    H1, H5, H6, H7, H8, H9, H11, H17, H19,
    K1, K3, K4
    (Please see Appendix A for position title reference)


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Martin Eley
Director General
Civil Aviation


Civil Aviation Senior Management – A

A-1  Deputy Minister

A-2  Assistant Deputy Minister, Safety and Security

A-3  Director General, Civil Aviation

A-4  Regional Director General, Transport

A-5  Regional Director, Civil Aviation

A-6  Regional Operations Manager, Civil Aviation

Regulatory Services – B

B-1  Director, Regulatory Services

B-2  Chief, Regulatory Affairs

B-3  Chief, Aviation Enforcement

B-4  Regional Manager, Aviation Enforcement

B-5  Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Aviation Enforcement

B-6  Superintendent, Aviation Enforcement

B-7  Reserved

B-8  Reserved

General Aviation – C

C-1  Director, General Aviation

C-2  Chief, Recreational Aviation and Special Flight Operations

C-3  Chief, Personnel Licensing

C-4  Chief, Flight Training

C-5  Chief, Aircraft Registration and Leasing

C-6  Chief, Flight Crew Examinations

C-7  Chief, Launch Safety Office

C-8  Regional Manager, General Aviation

C-9  Regional Superintendent, General Aviation and Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, General Aviation – Headquarters

C-10  Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, General Aviation / Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, General Aviation, Canadian Aviation Documents-Regional

C-11  General Aviation Licensing Officer

Aerodromes and Air Navigation – D

D-1  Director, Aerodromes and Air Navigation

D-2  Regional Manager, Aerodromes and Air Navigation

D-3  Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Aerodrome Safety

D-4  Chief, Standards

D-5  Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Air Navigation Services

Headquarters – Aircraft Certification – E

E-1  Director, Aircraft Certification

E-2  Chief, Project Management

E-3  Chief, Continuing Airworthiness

E-4  Chief, Flight Test

E-5  Chief, Engineering

E-6  Chief, Regulatory Standards

E-7  Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Aircraft Certification

E-8  Manager, Delegations and Quality

E-9  Chief, Policy Technology and Special Projects

E-10  Aircraft Certification Engineer and Engineering Test Pilot-Headquarters

Headquarters – Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing – F

F-1  Director, Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing

F-2  Chief, working in the Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing branch

F-3  Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing

F-4  Civil Aviation Technical Officer, Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing

F-5  Superintendent working in the Maintenance & Manufacturing branch

Regional Offices – Aircraft Certification and Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing – G

G-1  Regional Manager, Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing; Regional Manager, Aircraft Maintenance; and Regional Manager, Aircraft Manufacturing

G-2  Regional Manager, Aircraft Certification

G-3  Superintendent, Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing; Superintendent, Aircraft Maintenance; Superintendent, Aircraft Manufacturing; and Superintendent, Quality Assurance and Programs

G-4  Regional Aircraft Certification Engineer

G-5  Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing; Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Aircraft Maintenance; Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Aircraft Manufacturing; and Civil Aviation Safety Officer, Quality Assurance and Programs

G-6  Civil Aviation Technical and/or Administration Support, Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing

Commercial and Business Aviation – H

H-1  Director, Commercial and Business Aviation

H-2  Chief, Airline Inspection

H-3  Manager, Certification and Quality Management

H-4  Program Manager, Simulator Approvals

H-5  Chief, Certification Standards

H-6  Chief, Operational Standards

H-7  Chief, Dangerous Goods Standards

H-8  Chief, Cabin Safety Standards

H-9  Program Manager, Cabin Safety Standards

H-10  Chief, Foreign Inspection

H-11  Chief, Aviation Occupational Health and Safety

H-12  Regional Manager, Commercial and Business Aviation

H-13  Regional Superintendent, Certification

H-14  Regional Superintendent, Helicopter and Regional Superintendent, Aeroplane

H-15  Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Cabin Safety

H-16  Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Dangerous Goods

H-17  Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Aviation Occupational Health and Safety

H-18  Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Air Carrier Inspector

H-19  Program Manager, Surveillance and Overflights

H-20  Superintendent, Cabin Safety

H-21  Base Superintendent, Cabin Safety

H-22  Manager Certification, Foreign Inspection

H-23  Specialist, Flight Technical, Senior Engineer

H-24  Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Operations Inspector, Foreign Inspection

Schedule – I


Schedule – J


System Safety – K

K-1  Director, System Safety

K-2  Regional Manager, System Safety

K-3  Manager, Civil Aviation Contingency Operations

K-4  Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, Contingency Operations

K-5  Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, System Safety

Schedule – N