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.

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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 at least 21 years of age;
  • complete a Transport Canada approved AME basic training program or have completed an AME basic training program acceptable to Transport Canada;
  • have acquired the applicable amount of total civil aviation maintenance experience (Maintenance of Ultra-light, advanced ultra-light, amateur built, or owner maintained aircraft experience does not qualify for experience credit);
  • have gained skill by performing a number of specific maintenance tasks;
  • have successfully completed the technical (if required) and Regulatory exams;
  • have submitted the applicable AME licence application along with all required documentation

Further information can be found in Transport Canada’s AME Licensing General Information Pamphlet. For Canadian military personnel, further information is available in the Canadian Military Personnel Information Pamphlet.

AME basic training programs

The first step in becoming an AME is to do an approved or acceptable basic training program.

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 by Transport Canada to assess the documentation of students who did not obtain their basic training from an approved or acceptable 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 ("M1 or M2"), avionics ("E"), and structures ("S") exams
  • a list of more study resources

Maintenance task skill requirement

Part of the AME application is providing proof of performing maintenance tasks. You must keep records to show that you have done specific tasks that are important for the issuance of an AME licence.

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:

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:

  1. Download the application form (available in PDF only).
  1. Fill out Part A of the form in black ink only. Follow detailed instructions on the application form.
  2. Submit the form, along with supporting documentation, to your nearest Transport Canada Centre. Foreign applicants must mail their application package to Transport Canada 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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