Obtaining an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Licence
From Transport Canada
Aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs) must hold a licence issued by Transport Canada. Before applying for this licence, applicants take basic training, get experience, and write exams.
On this page…
- Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Licence requirements
- AME basic training programs
- Study and reference guide – AME exams
- Maintenance task skill requirement
- Submitting an application for the AME Licence
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Licence requirements
Aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) licensing and training requirements are outlined in:
The information on this page is a basic overview only. Read the above documents before beginning an AME training program.
To get licensed as an AME, you must:
- be a Canadian citizen
- be at least 21 years of age
- complete an approved basic training program or acceptable basic training program
- get experience doing specific tasks (this is called the "skill requirement")
- pass exams
- submit a licence application along with all other required documentation
Requirements are also explained in Transport Canada’s AME Licensing General Information Pamphlet. Special requirements for Canadian military personnel are explained in the Canadian Military Personnel Information Pamphlet.
AME basic training programs
The first step in becoming an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) is to do a basic training program.
- Find a list of approved (and active) and acceptable AME basic training organizations.
- Learn more about approved training organizations.
- You may also be interested in our list of approved but non-active basic training programs.
Transport Canada sets out the topics that students learn in approved AME training programs. We also have samples of basic training curriculum for:
These samples explain the AME training goals listed in the Airworthiness Manual 566, Appendix C. The curriculum samples may be used to assess the documentation of students who did not obtain their basic training from an approved training organization.
Study and reference guide – AME exams
Transport Canada publishes the Study and Reference Guide – Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Technical Examinations – TP 14038E. If you are planning to take an AME exam, read this guide to find:
- exam formats
- sample topics for maintenance ("M"), avionics ("E"), and structures ("S") exams
- a list of more study resources
Maintenance task skill requirement
Part of the aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) training is practicing tasks. This is called the "skill requirement." You must keep records to show that you have done specific tasks that are important for the AME job.
There is no formal AME log book. However, you can use the following documents to record the tasks you have completed for the skill requirement:
- "M" rating maintenance task record
- "E" rating maintenance task record
- "S" rating maintenance task record
Submitting an application for the AME Licence
When you have completed all training and exam requirements, choose the relevant procedure to submit an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) Licence application.
If you received your basic training from an approved training organization, follow these steps:
- Download the application form (available in PDF only).
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence Application
(PDF, 710 KB)
- Fill out Part A of the form in black ink only. Follow detailed instructions on the application form.
- Submit the form, along with documentation, to your nearest Transport Canada Centre. Foreign applicants must apply to headquarters.
If you did not receive your basic training from an approved training organization, use the AME Licence Application Supplement form 26-0638.
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