Part V - Airworthiness Manual Chapter 566 - Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Licensing and Training

Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) 2017-2

Content last revised: 2009/12/01

(amended 1999/08/01)

DIVISION I - AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEER (AME) LICENSING GENERAL

566.01 Application

The standards set out in this Division apply in respect of aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) licenses issued pursuant to CAR 403.03.

Information Note:

The requirements in respect of approved training organization (ATO) certificates, issued pursuant to CAR 403.08, are set out in Division II of this chapter.

566.02 General

(1) CAR 571.11 specifies the persons who may sign a maintenance release. As a prerequisite for effecting a maintenance release in respect of maintenance performed on a transport category aeroplane or a turbine powered helicopter, the AME must have successfully completed an applicable approved course of maintenance training on the type of aircraft, engine, or system concerned, meeting the requirements peculiar to type courses as set out in 566.18.
(amended 2008/12/30)

Information Note:

(i) CAR 403.02 provides that no person shall exercise the privileges of an AME licence unless that person is the holder of such a licence.

(ii) In certain circumstances, persons who are not the holders of an AME licence may be permitted to issue a maintenance release as provided in CAR 571.11.

(2) A foreign aircraft type training course may be recognized by the Minister for the purposes of meeting the requirements of CAR 571.11 when the request for recognition is made by an individual applying for the initial issuance of an AME licence, provided the following conditions are met:
(amended 2008/12/30; no previous version)

(a) the individual held a valid AME licence issued by a contracting state at the time the course was completed;
(amended 2008/12/30; no previous version)

(b) the individual submits the request in writing along with the following documentation:
(amended 2008/12/30; no previous version)

(i) a copy of their licence,

(ii) their course graduation certificate, and

(iii) a transcript of the training taken and a course curriculum (certified as accurate by the organization that provided the training).

(3) A foreign aircraft type training course may be recognized by the Minister for the purposes of meeting the requirements of CAR 571.11 when the request for recognition is made by an individual who was a permanent resident of a country other than Canada for no less than one year at the time the aircraft type training course was completed, provided the following conditions are met:
(amended 2008/12/30; no previous version)

(a) the individual held a valid Canadian AME licence at the time the course was completed;
(amended 2008/12/30; no previous version)

(b) the individual submits the request in writing along with the following documentation:
(amended 2008/12/30; no previous version)

(i) documented proof of residency at time of course completion,

(ii) their course graduation certificate, and

(iii) a transcript of the training taken and a course curriculum (certified as accurate by the organization that provided the training).

(4) The Minister’s recognition or non-recognition of the foreign aircraft type training course is confirmed in writing.
(amended 2008/12/30; no previous version)

(5) Foreign aircraft type training courses given by a training organization approved by a civil aviation authority with which Canada has entered into a bilateral agreement or technical arrangement that provides for the recognition of aircraft type training is recognized by the Minister when successfully completed by the individual requesting such recognition.
(amended 2008/12/30; no previous version)

566.03 Issuance and Endorsement of an AME Licence

(1) Applications shall be submitted on Form 24-0083, available upon request from any Transport Canada Center (TCC). All copies of the application form shall be submitted to the appropriate TCC. An application shall remain valid for 12 months from the date it is accepted by Transport Canada (TC).

(2) The application shall be accompanied by the applicable charge set forth in CAR 104, which is non-refundable.

(3) Supporting documents to the application, such as the applicant’s personal log book or other original record of training and experience, shall either be original documents, or be certified as true copies of the originals by the holder of a valid AME licence or a Transport Canada Civil Aviation Safety Inspector (CASI). Documents may not be in abbreviated or coded form and shall be in either English or French. Translation from other languages shall be the applicant’s responsibility.

(4) Applicants shall include proof of age, training, knowledge, experience and skill as follows:

(a) Age.

Prior to licence issue, the applicant shall have attained the age of 21 years. All applications submitted by mail shall be accompanied by proof of age as provided herein. Applicants appearing at the TCC in person may also be requested to provide proof of age where, in the opinion of the CASI responsible for handling the application, the applicant is not clearly over the age of 21. As proof of age, the following documents are acceptable:

(i) Canadian citizenship certificates;

(ii) birth or baptismal certificates;

(iii) passports; or

(iv) any Federal or provincial identifying document showing the applicant’s birth date.

(v) where proof of age cannot be provided by means of a document referred to in any of subparagraphs (i) to (iv), a declaration of age may be accepted in lieu.

(b) Training.

Except as provided in 566.07, an applicant shall successfully complete basic training applicable to the rating as indicated in Appendix A. As proof of training, the applicant shall provide a certificate of successful completion of an acceptable aircraft maintenance training course. Approved basic training is approved in accordance with Division II. Applicable training may have been obtained by means of distance learning courses or by correspondence courses. In the case of balloons, the applicant must provide a certificate from the applicable balloon manufacturer. Where the applicant is seeking experience credit for the training, the certificate shall be issued pursuant to CAR 403.08 Approved Training Organizations.

Information Note:

Information regarding basic training courses is contained in AN C002 and is also accessible at Transport Canada’s Internet site, @ www.tc.gc.ca.

(c) Knowledge

Transport Canada approved training courses include technical examinations on the subjects covered by the course. Applicants shall successfully complete all the applicable examinations for the subjects concerned, conducted by the ATO in accordance with its approved procedures. As proof, the applicants shall submit a certificate or letter, issued by the ATO, attesting to the successful completion of the examinations.

(amended 2003/09/01)

(d) Experience.

(i) Applicants shall have acquired the applicable amount of total, specialty, and civil aviation maintenance experience set forth in Appendix A. As proof of experience, the applicants shall submit a personal log book or equivalent document signed by the persons responsible for the maintenance release of the work items recorded. At the time of application, the applicants shall have acquired all but six months of the required total experience. Credit toward the total aviation maintenance experience requirement shall be granted for time spent in approved basic training, in the ratio of one month’s credit for each 100 hours of training, up to a maximum of:

(A) 24 months for M or E rating applicants.

(B) 18 months for S rating applicants.

Therefore a graduate from an ATO with a curriculum of 1800 hours, would qualify for 18 months credit.

(ii) Experience requirements expressed in months are predicated upon full time employment of 1800 working hours per year. Applicants with part time experience acquired at a lower rate than this may convert their actual working hours to months at the rate of one month for each 150 working hours, but in no case can a higher rate of work be used to obtain more than one month’s credit for each actual calendar month worked.

(iii) Maintenance of military aircraft, or parts intended for installation on military aircraft, may be counted toward the total and specialty experience requirements, but not toward the civil aviation experience requirement. Maintenance of ultra-light, advanced ultra-light, amateur built, or owner maintained aircraft, does not qualify for any experience credit.

(e) Skill

(i) Applicants shall have performed a representative selection of eligible maintenance tasks, over the full range of applicable systems and structures; those tasks being comprised of not less than 70 percent of the items listed in Appendix B that are applicable to the rating sought and to the aircraft, systems or components for which the experience is claimed.
(amended 2008/12/30)

(ii) Each maintenance task claimed shall have been:
(amended 2008/12/30)

(A) subject to a maintenance release pursuant to CAR 571.10, or an equivalent civil aviation maintenance certification under the rules of a contracting state; or
(amended 2008/12/30)

(B) in the case of a maintenance task claimed on a military aircraft, performed on an aircraft type (or variant of a type) for which a civilian type certificate has been issued.
(amended 2008/12/30)

(iii) Applicants who claim previous maintenance tasks on military aircraft in accordance with clause (ii)(B), are required to perform a representative selection of maintenance tasks on civil registered aircraft. The tasks shall comprise not less than 10 percent of the items listed in Appendix B that are applicable to the rating sought and the aircraft, systems or components for which the experience is claimed.
(amended 2008/12/30)

Each task claimed shall have been subject to a maintenance release pursuant to CAR 571.10, or an equivalent civil aviation maintenance certification under the rules of a contracting state.
(amended 2008/12/30)

(iv) Proof of having completed aircraft maintenance tasks shall take the form of a certification by the AME, or equivalent person who supervised the work. The certification statement shall include the date, aircraft type, registration mark, or component serial number as applicable, and confirm that the applicant is able to:

(A) identify the applicable standard for the task;

(B) select the proper tools;

(C) perform the work correctly without supervision; and

(D) complete the necessary documentation.

(v) Persons who sign for completion of maintenance tasks shall be responsible for the accuracy of statements made.

(5) Regulatory requirements examination.

Following a review of the application, TC will return any original supporting documents to the applicants. If the application is found acceptable, the applicants will be authorized to attempt the Transport Canada regulatory requirements examination upon payment of the appropriate charge set forth in CAR 104. The examination must be successfully completed within 12 months after the date on which the application was accepted by TC. The passing grade for this examination is 70%.

Information Note:

To assist in preparing for the examination, applicants may refer to TP3043 Study and Reference Guide.

(6) Re-examination

Applicants who fail an examination on the first attempt will not be re-examined sooner than 30 days following the failure. Applicants who fail a second or subsequent attempt will not be reexamined sooner than six months following each failure.

(7) Licence issuance

Applicants who meet the requirements of this section will be issued an AME licence with the applicable rating(s).

Information Note:

It is in the interest of license holders to communicate changes to their address to TC, as this is necessary to ensure receipt of TC advisory material.

(8) Ratings

(a) The scope of maintenance release privileges is indicated by rating designators entered on the licence, as follows:
(amended 2009/12/01)

(i) M1: Non-turbojet aircraft approved to Chapter CAR 522, 523, 523-VLA, 527, and 549 of the Airworthiness Manual and equivalent standards (includes all airframe, engines, propellers, components, structures, and systems of those aircraft), and the aircraft listed in paragraph 566.03(8)(b);
(amended 2009/12/01)

(ii) M2: All aircraft not included in M1 (excluding balloons) (includes all airframes, engines, propellers, components, structures, and systems of those aircraft), and the aircraft listed in paragraph 566.03(8)(b).
(amended 2003/09/01; ).

(iii) E: Aircraft electronic systems. (includes communication, pulse, navigation, auto flight, flight path computation, instruments and the electrical elements of other aircraft systems, and any structural work directly associated with the maintenance of those systems);

(iv) S: Aircraft structures. (includes all airframe structures);

(v) Balloons.

(b) Holders of either an M1 or M2 rated AME licence also have maintenance release privileges for all:
(amended 2003/09/01; no previous version)

(i) turbine powered helicopters; and

(ii) SFAR 41C aeroplanes, including their associated variants and derivatives.

(9) Additional ratings.

An AME may apply for additional ratings by meeting the requirements specified in 566.03. Credit will be granted for any requirements that were met in qualifying for the currently held ratings.

Information Note:

Individuals who hold both an M1 and M2 rating will not be issued any additional ratings (e.g. E or S ratings), as those privileges are already held within the scope of the combined M1/M2 rating privileges.

(10) Obsolete ratings.

AMEs who held ratings under the preceding licence system, that have no direct equivalents, or for which no designators have been established in the new system, will have the ratings entered on their licence in plain text. Examples of this include Balloons, Propellers, and Dynamic Components.

(11) Renewal.

Licenses that have not expired may be renewed upon submission of an application form 24-0083, and payment of the appropriate charge set forth in CAR 104.

(12) Reissue.

(a) Holders of licenses that have been expired for less than one year will be issued with a new licence upon submission of an application form 24-0083 and payment of the appropriate charge set forth in CAR 104.

(b) Holders of licenses that have been expired for one year or more, will be issued with a new licence upon submission of an application form 24-0083, successful completion of the regulatory requirements examination, and payment of the appropriate charge set forth in CAR 104.

(13) Mutilated, lost or destroyed licenses.

A mutilated, lost, or destroyed AME licence will be replaced upon submission of application form 24-0083 and payment of the appropriate charge set forth in CAR 104. The following declaration shall be made:

I am the holder of AME licence number ___________. I declare that the said document has been mutilated/lost/destroyed* and I hereby apply for a replacement.

Dated _________ and Signed _________________

*State which.

566.04 Validity Period

Unless surrendered, suspended or canceled, an AME licence remains valid until the date indicated on the licence. Upon issue or renewal, the "valid to" date will be set at six years calculated after the applicant’s last birthday, i.e. the birthday immediately preceding licence issue or renewal.

566.05 Recency Requirements

(1) No person shall exercise the privileges of an AME licence unless, within the preceding 24 months; they have successfully completed the regulatory requirements examination, or have, for at least six months:
(amended 2003/09/01)

(a) performed aircraft maintenance;

(b) supervised the performance of maintenance, either directly or in an executive capacity; or

(c) provided aviation maintenance instruction within an ATO, or an approved training program in an AMO or directly supervised the delivery of such instructions.

(2) An AME who attempts the regulatory requirements examination as required by subsection 566.05(1) and fails will not be entitled to renewal until the examination has been successfully completed.
(amended 2003/09/01; no previous version)

Information Note:

If an AME fails the regulatory requirements examination, the licence is subject to suspension in accordance with subsection 7.1(1) of the Aeronautics Act. Once the licence is suspended, its privileges can no longer be exercised until the AME demonstrates competence by successfully completing the regulatory examination.
(amended 2003/09/01; no previous version)

566.06 Licence Credentials

(amended 2003/09/01)

(1) Upon successful completion of the conditions for initial issuance of an AME licence, and upon submission of a photograph, taken within the preceding six months, an interim paper licence is issued to the AME licence applicant, pending the issue of the licence that supersedes any licence previously issued.
(amended 2003/09/01)

Information Note:

The issuance of the interim licence is a regional function. The licence, which is in the form of a credit card type and which bears the photograph of the applicant, is issued by Headquarters upon receipt of the pertinent documentation from the applicable Region and replaces the interim paper licence issued pursuant to subsection (1).
(amended 2003/09/01)

(2) The licence referred to in subsection (1) has the same validity period as specified in section 566.04 of this Standard and bears the licence holder’s photograph.
(amended 2003/09/01)

(3) When renewing an AME licence in accordance with subsections 566.03(11) or (12) of this Standard, the licence holder is required to submit a new photograph, taken within the preceding six months.
(amended 2003/09/01; no previous version)

(4) Where the requirements of subsection (3) have been met, the licence holder is issued a licence, displaying the new photograph and validity period. The new licence supersedes any licence previously issued.
(amended 2003/09/01; no previous version)

566.07 Alternative Training Provisions

(1) Foreign Licences

(a) Applicants who held, prior to 1 January 1990, a valid Inspection Authorization issued by the US Federal Aviation Administration, or a valid AME licence conforming to Annex 1 of the ICAO Convention, that included airframe and engine privileges, are exempt from the basic training requirement specified in Appendix A.
(amended 2008/12/30)

(b) Applicants who held, prior to 1 September 1985, a valid AME licence conforming to Annex 1 of the ICAO Convention, that included avionics privileges, are exempt from the basic training requirement specified in Appendix A.
(amended 2008/12/30)

(c) Applicants who held, prior to 1 September 2001, a valid AME licence conforming to Annex 1 of the ICAO Convention, that included structures privileges, are exempt from the basic training requirement specified in Appendix A.
(amended 2008/12/30)

(d) Applicants who hold a valid AME licence, other than one of the types specified in (a), (b) or (c) will be assessed in accordance with subsection (2).
(amended 2008/12/30)

(e) All applicants, regardless of the type of foreign licence held, are required to successfully complete the Transport Canada examinations applicable to the rating sought, in accordance with subsection (2).
(amended 2008/12/30; no previous version)

(2) Other Basic Training

(a) Applicants who obtained their basic training through training systems other than a Transport Canada ATO (i.e. foreign, military, self-paced, distance learning, etc.), or who successfully completed a Transport Canada ATO course but failed to meet the experience credit requirement, shall submit their graduation certificate, together with a transcript of the training received to the applicable Transport Canada Center (TCC) for assessment. The training received shall be assessed against the pertinent specifications of section 566.03 of this standard and the following standards:
(amended 2003/09/01)

(i) The applicant shall have received a minimum of 1000 hours theory training applicable to the AME licence “M &E” ratings or 550 hours theory training applicable to the AME licence “S” rating, in order to be considered as having acceptable basic training.
(amended 2003/09/01)

(ii) The theory training will be evaluated in accordance with the specifications of this standard set out in Division II, Subdivision B, and the applicable provisions of Appendix C. However, the theoretical basic training need not contain a CARs component.
(amended 2003/09/01)

Information Note:

The CARs component described in subparagraph 566.07(2)(a)(ii) is not required since successful completion of the regulatory requirements examination is required.
(amended 2003/09/01)

(b) Once the evaluation is completed, TC will provide the applicant with feedback regarding basic training acceptability and an outline defining the scope of any additional training required, if any. Successful applicants will be required to complete the AME Licence Application Supplement, form 26-0638, for approval to attempt the TC technical examinations at a Transport Canada Centre. The technical examinations must be successfully completed within 12 months from the date on which the application was approved by TC.
(amended 2003/09/01)

(c) The passing grade for the TC technical examinations is 70%. An AME licence applicant who fails an examination on the first attempt shall not be re-examined sooner than 30 days following the failed attempt. An AME licence applicant who fails a second or subsequent attempt shall not be re-examined sooner than six months following each failed attempt. Following successful completion of the TC technical examinations, the applicant may apply to TC for evaluation of their experience and skill in accordance with paragraphs 566.03(4)(d) and (e) of this Standard.
(amended 2003/09/01; no previous version)

DIVISION II - APPROVED TRAINING ORGANIZATIONS

(amended 1999/12/01)

566.08 Applicability

The standards set out in this Division apply in respect of approved training organization (ATO) certificates issued pursuant to CAR 403.08. Courses which are eligible, pursuant to these standards, for the credit of technical examination or experience, shall be provided by the ATO in English or French.
(amended 2008/12/30)

Information Note:

This division comprises of: Subdivision A - General; Subdivision B - Basic Training; and Subdivision C - Type training.

SUBDIVISION A - GENERAL

566.09 Application for Approval

(1) Initial application for approval of an ATO shall be made in writing, accompanied by two copies of a policy manual that meets the requirements of STD 566.10.

(2) The application shall be submitted to the TCC responsible for the area in which the training organization is located. In the case of organizations whose facilities are located outside Canada, the application shall be made to the Chief, AME Licensing and Training, Aircraft Maintenance &Manufacturing Branch.

Information Note:

The policy manual may be in either hard copy version or in an electronic version.

566.10 Policy Manual (PM)

(1) The policy manual, also referred to as the training control manual, may be a stand-alone document, or may be contained in another manual, such as an air operator MCM or an approved maintenance organization MPM. The policy manual shall be detailed, organized in numerical order and structured in such a manner, as to form an easily accessible reference standard for day to day use and regulatory audit.

(2) The policy manual shall include the following elements:

(a) an Organizational Chart showing the responsibilities and reporting level of each faculty member. Where an individual reports to more than one manager, the chart shall clearly indicate which manager is responsible for which function. The duties, position qualifications and responsibilities of each of the reporting levels listed on the organizational chart shall be described.

(b) an Amendment System describing the amendment procedure to ensure that the PM in use reflects the latest approved amendment. It must include a means of identifying each page of the PM.

Information Note:

This may be in the form of a List of Effective Pages, with each page numbered and dated or marked with a revision number.

(c) a Course Instructor Listing indicating the required number of instructors, licensed in aircraft maintenance or having experience in the applicable specialty in order to meet the curriculum delivery requirements of Subdivisions B and C of this division. The instructors must be trained in instructional techniques and in the applicable subject matter.

(d) a Professional Development Program that ensures up-dating of instructor knowledge and expertise on a continuing basis. The cycle for update training shall not exceed three years.

(e) an Advisory Committee System that shall include:

(i) a membership comprised of pertinent representatives of the aviation industry;

(ii) a description of the duties and responsibilities of the advisory committee;

(iii) a mandate to ensure that course performance objectives are current from an industry perspective, and to satisfy industry needs for appropriately trained technical personnel;

(iv) procedures to record minutes of meetings, and communicate the decisions reached to individuals or organizations involved with changes to the program (i.e. Transport Canada, provincial authorities and training organization officials); and

(v) procedures to document, in detail, how changes to course format and content are handled. This shall include, but will not be limited to, content, equipment, delivery and facilities.

Information Note:

While an advisory committee system is essential for basic training organizations and is part of the quality system, formally constituted advisory committees may not be required for type training organizations.

(f) a Quality System that comprises of a quality loop conceptual model. It shall include a description of the methods used to control the:

(i) development of training, including lesson plans;

(ii) development of student assessment methods;

(iii) competency and currency of instructional staff;

(iv) presentation of course material to meet training objectives;

(v) method of gathering and analyzing feedback from the course;

(vi) method used to determine corrective action where necessary; and

(vii) method used to monitor the results of any corrective action taken.

Information Notes:

(i) The quality system should only be as comprehensive as needed to meet the quality objectives.

(ii) For contractual, mandatory and assessment purposes, demonstration of the implementation of identified elements in the system may be required.

(g) a Person Responsible for Training Section indicating who shall be responsible for ensuring the program integrity. The person appointed shall have a minimum of six years experience in the maintenance of aircraft, and a knowledge of maintenance training, development and delivery.

(h) a Course Prerequisites Section for student admission indicating which prerequisites are necessary in order to meet course delivery objectives.

(i) a Student Attendance Control System containing the following:

(i) Training schedules to ensure that students do not exceed eight hours of training (or combined duty/training) in any one day, or six days or forty hours of duty/training in any seven day period. The only exceptions to these requirements are in isolated situations where, due to equipment availability, students would otherwise miss an opportunity for access to specific equipment (e.g. simulator, aircraft).

(ii) A recording procedure to accurately document the student's attendance so that the individual's presence is recorded and controlled for each class, shop or laboratory activity. The following criteria shall apply:

(A) students having missed more than 5 percent of the course through absences, shall not qualify for experience credit from a basic training course;

Information Note:

While not qualifying for an approved course credit, students may still qualify as having completed an acceptable course in aircraft maintenance.

(B) students who have missed more than 5 percent of the course shall not graduate from a type training course;

(C) a student may make up the lost time which is in excess of 5 percent through documented supplementary studies, equivalent to that missed from the original program to qualify for experience credit. The Policy Manual shall contain details on how this may be achieved.

Information Note:

The 5 percent absence policy is intended for illness, bereavement, or other circumstances beyond the individuals control.

(j) examination methods which evaluate whether students have achieved the learning objectives of the training provided. Examination methods may include written, oral, practical, or electronic testing. Records shall be retained and made available to TC upon request. Examination development shall include policies:

(i) to ensure that the quantity or the weighted value of each examination is dependent upon the importance of the learned outcome, the frequency of occurrence, and the level of difficulty; and

(ii) that establish the validation by an independent subject matter expert of the validity, accuracy, clarity and appropriate weighting of the examinations.

Information Notes:

(i) The completed examinations should ensure that performance objectives have been met. The use of a test map or other devices should ensure that those subject areas with the greatest impact are tested to the highest level; while the subject areas, or tasks with the least impact are tested to the lowest level.

(ii) Independent subject matter experts may be chosen from either an external organization or from within the organization.

(k) an Examination Process Control to ensure that:

(i) new examination questions are developed if confidentiality becomes compromised;

(ii) all examination material and marking guides are maintained in a secure and confidential manner;

(iii) examinations are carried out in a controlled environment to protect the integrity of the evaluation process;

(iv) there is consistency of examination (usually specified in the course standard);

(v) post examination reviews are conducted and corrected to 100 percent;

(vi) versions and/or variances of the evaluation instruments used in the initial and rewrite evaluation process are secure;

(vii) the successful completion of examinations occur within 1 year following program completion;

(viii) examination methods intended to test the students theoretical knowledge are to be of the closed book variety, with a 70 percent or greater passing grade established for each major subject area; examination methods intended to test the students skills or abilities are of a practical nature and are to be graded by a “pass” or “fail” method; and
(amended 2008/12/30)

(ix) limits are set for the maximum number of attempts permitted.

(l) a Record Keeping System ensuring that records are maintained and retained for a period of not less than 5 years. The records shall include:

(i) student attendance, performance and grades;

(ii) certificate issuance;

(iii) advisory committee meetings and minutes; and

(iv) instructor qualifications and professional development.

(m) a Certificate Issuance Control System ensuring that certificates are delivered to students who successfully complete an approved course. A sample of the certificate issued by the training organization, to indicate successful completion of a course, shall be included in the PM. The organization shall provide a current list of names and signatures of all individuals authorized to sign certificates, forms and letters to Transport Canada (TC). The certificate shall include the following:

(i) the name and location of the training organization;

(ii) the type or description of training accomplished;

(iii) the full name of the student;

(iv) the date of course completion;

(v) TC course approval number;

(vi) an embossed raised seal;

(vii) the signature of authorized officials; and

(viii) for type training, the course duration in hours, and aircraft, engine, airframe or systems identification.

(n) a Facilities Section describing the facilities and support systems for the type of delivery consistent with the scope of the program. This shall include adequate heating, lighting and ventilation to accommodate the maximum number of students expected to be taught at any one time. A floor plan of the primary facility shall be included showing the space allocation for the location of offices, classrooms, shops and any other space allocations. Where applicable, the ATO shall identify minimum facility standards for the conduct of courses at locations other than the prime facility.

(o) Training Material and Instructional Aids ensuring that:

(i) Students have access to a current technical library in a controlled environment to support program course objectives. In addition, the organization make available an adequate supply of materials, shop equipment, tools (including special tools) and any miscellaneous equipment used to support the training standard.

(ii) Facilities, classrooms, tools and equipment are appropriate for the purpose for which they are to be used and are kept in a functional condition to support the program. The training organization ensures the availability of any other equipment utilized within the organization or at external facilities to support their program.

Information Note:

This may be achieved through a letter of agreement from the supplying or contracting organization.

(iii) Each student has an equal and reasonable opportunity to actively participate in all learning objectives.

(p) a Training Material Evaluation Procedure ensuring that training material is sufficient and capable of supporting training objectives.

566.11 Rating Bridging Programs

Where an ATO engages in the delivery of bridging programs to address rating differences, the program must meet all applicable rating requirements identified in these standards.

Information Note:

Ratings are defined in Division I of these standards.

SUBDIVISION B - BASIC TRAINING

566.12 Curriculum

(1) In addition to the requirements of STD 566.10, an applicant must submit a curriculum to TC that meets the standards outlined in this subdivision. The curriculum shall contain elements that ensure graduating students are knowledgeable in all aspects of aircraft maintenance, inspection and regulatory subject matter.

Information Note:

The intent of the approved program is that graduates will be fully qualified maintenance technicians who, after obtaining the required practical experience and following successful completion of the TC regulatory requirements examination, will be prepared to assume the responsibilities and privileges of an AME license. The approved basic training curriculum guides are outlined in Appendix C in topic format.

(2) Alternate methods of compliance will be reviewed on an individual basis to ensure that the training organization meets these requirements. If alternate methods of compliance are possible, it must be indicated in the initial application.

(3) An approved maintenance or avionics program shall consist of not less than 1800 hours of subject matter training.

(4) An approved structures program shall consist of not less than 1000 hours of subject matter training.

(5) An organization capable of proving its ability to deliver the training in less than the prescribed hours, will be reviewed and approved by Transport Canada on an individual basis.

(6) In order to meet the basic training requirements identified in Division I, the following training standards have been developed. The items listed below relate to the training provided through an ATO. In this environment, the student who meets the criteria defined within the approved training manual of the organization will be eligible for an experience credit towards the AME licensing requirements.

Information Note:

With this in mind, the task-related items placed in this standard will assist with the development of the skills required, in accordance with paragraph 566.03(4)(e), to successfully complete the items listed in Appendix B of this standard. The items within Appendix B have been deemed by Transport Canada to be a sample of fundamental tasks required for completion by an AME candidate. These tasks will demonstrate adequate knowledge and skills in the procedures and processes required for the performance of aircraft maintenance. An understanding of these concepts is required to make determinations relating to the inspection and certification for the purpose of Maintenance Release, regardless of the type of work.

(7) Should alternate forms of delivery be used outside an ATO where task related "hands on" training is not delivered, the organization must demonstrate compliance to all items within the training standard through a theoretical training format. This training will include the theoretical component associated with the performance of all tasks. No experience credit will be available in this situation.

566.13  Training Standards Common to all Training Programs

Upon graduation from all approved basic training programs, the student will be able to:

(a) Apply:

(i) Occupational Health And Safety practices.

(ii) the Canadian Aviation Regulations applicable to an AME.

(iii) acceptable industry standard practices.

(b) Explain:

(i) aircraft system operation to component level.

(ii) standard practices for operational checks, inspection and certification of aircraft systems.

(iii) procedures and applicable standards required for structural and non-structural repairs and modifications.

(iv) the effects of human factors contributing to maintenance errors.

(c) Perform:

(i) the installation and securing of fasteners and connectors.

(ii) an applicable sheet metal repair or modification.

(iii) to completion an applicable inspection for the purpose of certification.

(iv) a maintenance release including:

(A) technical records entries;

(B) certification forms;

(C) weight and balance reports, and

(D) other related documentation.

(v) tasks utilizing and interpreting technical information systems.

566.14 Small Aircraft

Upon graduation the student will be able to:

(a) Explain:

(i) the system logic and processes used to determine, develop and maintain the appropriate maintenance schedule.

(ii) the procedures used to inspect and test the operation of avionics and auto-flight systems representative of those installed in small aircraft.

(iii) types of non-destructive inspection procedures.

(b) Perform:

(i) servicing procedures on fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

(ii) tasks utilizing minimum equipment lists, configuration deviation lists, and built-in test equipment programs.

(iii) scheduled and unscheduled inspections.

(c) Test, troubleshoot, repair, adjust, remove and replace:

(i) power plants and related systems.

(ii) propeller and rotor systems.

(iii) airframe and related systems.

(iv) electrical systems.

(v) airframe structures.

(vi) dynamic components.

566.15 Large Aircraft

Upon graduation the student will be able to:

(a) Explain:

(i) the procedures used to inspect and test the operation of avionics and auto-flight systems representative of those installed in large aircraft.

(ii) the system logic and processes used to determine, develop and maintain the appropriate maintenance schedule.

(iii) types of non destructive inspection procedures.

(iv) fault diagnostic systems typical of those installed on large aircraft.

(v) mechanical and electronic systems including electrical/mechanical and digital control systems.

(b) Perform:

(i) servicing procedures on fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

(ii) tasks utilizing minimum equipment lists; configuration deviation lists; and built in test equipment programs.

(iii) scheduled and unscheduled inspections.

(c) Test, troubleshoot, repair, adjust, remove and replace:

(i) power plants and related systems.

(ii) propeller and rotor systems.

(iii) airframe and related systems.

(iv) electrical systems.

(v) airframe structures.

(vi) dynamic components.

566.16 Electronics

Upon graduation the student will be able to:

(a) Explain:

(i) the system logic and processes used to determine develop and maintain the appropriate maintenance schedule.

(ii) fault diagnostic systems typical of those installed on aircraft.

(iii) the procedures used in the repair and servicing of auto-flight systems.

(iv) mechanical and electronic systems including electrical/mechanical and digital control systems.

(b) Perform:

(i) tasks utilizing minimum equipment lists; configuration deviation lists; and built in test equipment programs.

(ii) installation of a navigation and communication system.

(c) Test, troubleshoot, repair, adjust, remove and replace:

(i) communication systems.

(ii) navigation systems.

(iii) electrical and lighting systems.

(iv) instrumentation systems.

(v) aircraft electrical and electronic integrated systems.

566.17 Structures

Upon graduation the student will be able to:

(a) Perform:

(i) effective corrosion control and repair for aircraft structures.

(ii) tasks utilizing the tools and equipment applicable to the maintenance of aircraft structures.

(iii) sealing procedures for aircraft structures.

(iv) tasks incorporating the correct selection and installation of fasteners used on aircraft structures.

(v) repairs and replacement of fabric coverings.

(vi) a repair scheme to meet the applicable standards.

(b) Fabricate, assemble and repair:

(i) sheet metal, tubular, composite; and wood structures.

(ii) fluid lines and conduits.

(c) Assemble, install and repair:

(i) transparencies including but not limited to windscreens, windows, lenses that form part of the aircraft structure.

SUBDIVISION C - TYPE TRAINING

566.18 Training Outline

(1) In addition to the requirements of STD 566.10, an applicant shall submit a training outline that meets the standard specified in this subdivision . The type course must contain elements that enable a graduating student to be knowledgeable in all aspects of aircraft maintenance including all major systems of the aircraft type, powerplant, avionics system or equipment being addressed. A type training ATO may be limited in scope, or include coverage of the full aircraft and its systems.

Information Note:

Following successful completion of the TC approved course, the technician will be fully knowledgeable regarding the characteristics of the applicable topic area, particular aircraft type or series.

(2) The type training shall provide system description and details of operation, component location, servicing, removal and installation, and test procedures to support a typical maintenance schedule for the aircraft type or series.

(3) Upon graduation the student will be able to:

(a) Apply:

(i) applicable reference manuals.

(b) Explain:

(i) safety precautions to be observed when working on or near the aircraft and its systems.

(ii) locations of principal components.

(iii) normal functions of each major system, including terminology and nomenclature.

(iv) applicable system operations and maintenance practices.

(v) procedures for carrying out significant tasks associated with the routine servicing of the aircraft and its systems.

(c) Carry out functional checks applicable to system, engine, component as specified in the instructions for continuing airworthiness applicable to the aircraft, engine and related systems.

(d) Utilize the MEL/CDL in order to interpret reports provided by crew members and/or on-board reporting systems.

(e) Interpret readings and indications provided by BITE and other information systems.

(f) Analyze information for the purpose of making decisions in respect to fault diagnosis and rectification contained in the instructions for continuing airworthiness.

(4) The training organization shall have available for audit, detailed supporting documents, including:

(a) the allotted number of hours per subject;

(b) the course objectives indicating level of knowledge, competency and skill to be achieved by the student;

(c) practical projects to be completed; and

(d) a schedule of the examinations or tests to be given.

(5) A TC approved course shall have a system in place to ensure "hands-on" training is provided to support the training objectives. There shall be no less than 5 percent "hands-on" training in relation to the course duration.

(6) Support for practical training requirements must include a list of instructional aids and training material. This can be achieved with any combination of the following:

(a) a simulator or procedures trainer of a type compatible with or similar to the aircraft;

(b) an aircraft of the type; and/or

(c) training aid mock-ups, or computer simulation systems, or any other aids which support the intent, and are of equivalent training value when used as a substitute for actual aircraft or systems.

Information Note:

The purpose of the instructional aids is to ensure that students can identify and locate all aircraft systems and components, and are able to effectively carry out inspections and functional tests of live or simulated aircraft systems.

(7) Training material and instructional aids, which must be available to the student, include student handout material and instructional guides that are to be included in the course curriculum or training standard.

Information Notes:

(i) Type courses delivered by approved maintenance organizations (AMOs), to support the issuance of aircraft maintenance certification authority (ACA) privileges to their own employees, are approved as part of the AMO approval process and do not require a separate ATO approval. However, if the AMO intends to provide aircraft type training to technicians/AMEs of other organizations, then an ATO approval is required.

(ii) Before AMEs can exercise aircraft certification privileges within an Aircraft AMO, they must be granted ACA privileges as required by CAR 573.05. This authority will be dependent upon completion of training specified in the policy and procedures section of the AMO’s policy manual.

(8) An applicant may under special circumstances request authorization for a one-time delivery of a type course (per aircraft type). For this one-off course delivery, a formal PM may not be required, however, supporting documentation must be submitted indicating the methods of compliance specified in this subsection prior to obtaining TC approval. Subsequent courses must conform to all the applicable requirements specified in this Division.

Information Note:

The one-off courses will receive a distinctive TC approval number and a listing of these courses will be published in AN C003, and at the TC web site.

(9) Where an organization is engaged in the delivery of aircraft type differences training, the difference type course prerequisites must be such that only individuals who have successfully completed an initial type course in the particular aircraft series can be considered as acceptable candidates for differences training. All subject matter of the initial aircraft type course(s), must be considered, when evaluating differences subject matter for the applicable comparative or derivative type aircraft.

(10) Procedure for recognizing type training courses:
(amended 2008/12/30)

(a) Applicants that have completed unapproved type training from an ATO or from an organization that is currently undergoing the ATO approval process may request to have the course recognized.
(amended 2008/12/30)

(b) Applicants are required to submit their graduation certificate and a transcript of the training or curriculum for evaluation. If found acceptable, the Minister confirms in writing that the type training course is recognized.
(amended 2008/12/30)

(c) where the Minister has identified significant training deficiencies in the course, the applicant is advised of the subject matter and topic areas where additional approved training is required.
(amended 2008/12/30)

  • Appendix A - Table of Requirements
  • Appendix B - Part 1 - Aircraft Maintenance Experience Sample Tasks (by Air Transport Association (ATA) Specification 100 Chapter Code
  • Appendix B - Part 2 - Hot Air Balloon Maintenance Task List
  • Appendix C - Part 1 - Curriculum &Topic Guides Common Requirements - All Basic Training Courses
  • Appendix C - Part 2 - Curriculum &Topic Guides Small and Large Aircraft Maintenance Training Standard
  • Appendix C - Part 3 - Curriculum &Topic Guides Electronic Systems Maintenance Training Standard
  • Appendix C - Part 4 - Curriculum &Topic Guides Aircraft Structures Maintenance Training Standard
Date modified: