Basic Training – Approved/Acceptable Training Organizations (Currently Active)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

The Training Organizations listed herein are either approved or acceptable by Transport Canada (TC). Approved Training Organizations (ATO) are approved in accordance with Division II of Subpart 403 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations and the courses offered are issued a TC approval number and experience and/or knowledge credit, if applicable.

Training Organizations listed herein which are not approved are recognized as acceptable in accordance with the alternative training requirement of paragraph 566.07(2) of the Airworthiness Manual (AWM) with no knowledge or experience credit. Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) applicants graduating from these types of courses must successfully complete the applicable technical examinations as part of obtaining a Canadian AME licence.

Please be advised that the Approved Training Organization (ATO) List - Basic Training (Non-Active) webpage has been removed. If information is required pertaining to previously approved ATOs and Basic Training, please contact the nearest Transport Canada Centre/Office.

The following third party developed course curriculums by the Canadian Council for Aviation and Aerospace (CCAA) are currently recognized as meeting the intent of the Standard 566 Appendix C:

  • Aircraft Maintenance Technician* (C08-1011EM1 – January 2005);
  • Avionics Maintenance Technician* (C09-1011E – January 2005); and
  • Aircraft Structures Technician* (C01-3009EM1 – January 2005).

* The recognition of these courses are only applicable when delivered by an ATO.

Applicable Credit:

Credit expressed in months for a particular course is applied to the total aviation experience only towards obtaining an AME licence with a rating. To receive credit, you must be a graduate from the ATO course that offers this credit. Please refer to Airworthiness Manual Chapter 566 Appendix A for information on the experience required for each rating.

Credit expressed as knowledge for a particular course is applied to the TC technical examinations only towards obtaining an AME licence with a rating. To receive credit, you must be a graduate from the ATO course that offers this credit. This credit is not applicable towards the regulatory examination. Please refer to Airworthiness Manual Chapter 566 Appendix A for information on the knowledge required for each rating.

ATO Course title Facility location TC approval number Effective date Applicable credit Notes
Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology Aviation Technician – Aircraft Maintenance Technician Ottawa, ON 2015-04-4199 Approved April 2015 18 months experience & knowledge N/A
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Aircraft Maintenance – Basic M Richmond, BC 2001-09-7000 Approved September 2001 18 months experience & knowledge N/A
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Aircraft Maintenance – Basic E Richmond, BC 2001-09-7001 Approved September 2001 18 months experience & knowledge N/A
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Aircraft Maintenance – Basic S Sea Island Campus, Richmond BC 2001-09-7002 Approved September 2001 10 months experience & knowledge Program is approved for Sea Island Campus (Richmond, BC) only.
Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance North Bay ON 2013-05-4175 Approved May 2013 18 months experience & knowledge N/A
Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology Aviation Technician - Avionics Maintenance North Bay ON 2013-05-4176 Approved May 2013 18 months experience & knowledge N/A
Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology Aviation Technology - Aircraft Maintenance and Avionics North Bay ON 2013-05-4177 Approved May 2013 24 months experience & knowledge N/A
Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology Aviation Technology - Aircraft Maintenance and Structural Repair North Bay ON 2013-05-4178 Approved May 2013 24 months experience & knowledge N/A
Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology Aircraft Structural Repair Technician - Manufacturing and Inspection Program North Bay ON 2018-06-4257 Approved June 2018 14 months experience & knowledge N/A
Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology Aircraft Structural Repair North Bay ON 2001-09-7012 Approved September 2001 10 months experience & knowledge N/A
Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology Aircraft Maintenance Technician Downsview, ON 2019-01-4256 Approved May 2018 18 months experience & knowledge

For candidates who graduated from this program in June 2015 and onward, two (2) documents are issued. In order to receive the accreditation, both documents are required.

The Centennial College Diploma (issued without the TC approval number) is issued once the student successfully completes the program. This identifies that the student has met the Basic Structured Training requirement without accreditation.

The Letter of Accreditation issued by the Aerospace dept. contains the TC approval number and identifies that the student has met all requirements for accreditation.

Previous approval number 2001-09-7003 will no longer be issued as of June 2021 but is still valid including the applicable 18 months experience and knowledge credit.

Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology Avionics Program Downsview, ON 2019-01-4257 Approved May 2018 18 months experience & knowledge

For candidates who graduated from this program in June 2015 and onward, two (2) documents are issued. In order to receive the accreditation, both documents are required.

The Centennial College Diploma (issued without the TC approval number) is issued once the student successfully completes the program. This identifies that the student has met the Basic Structured Training requirement without accreditation.

The Letter of Accreditation issued by the Aerospace dept. contains the TC approval number and identifies that the student has met all requirements for accreditation.

Previous approval number 2001-09-7004 will no longer be issued as of June 2021 but is still valid including the applicable 18 months experience and knowledge credit.

Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology (anglais seulement) Aviation Technology – Aircraft Maintenance & Management Toronto (Downsview Aerospace & Aviation Campus) 2019-03-4258 Approved 12 March 2019 18 Experience & Knowledge N/A
Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology (anglais seulement) Aviation Technology – Avionics Maintenance & Management Toronto (Downsview Aerospace & Aviation Campus) 2019-03-4259 Approved 12 March 2019 18 months Experience & Knowledge N/A
College of the North Atlantic (CNA) (*formerly CNCC) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technology (M & E) Gander NL 2001-09-7005 Approved September 2001 21 months experience & knowledge Same approval number issued for M & E programs - credit is only applied to either M or E rating at time of initial licence application - not both.
College of the North Atlantic (CNA) (*formerly CNCC) Aircraft Structural Repair Gander NL 2001-09-7006 Approved September 2001 10 months experience & knowledge N/A
Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance Program Thunder Bay ON 2001-12-7021 Approved December 2001 18 months experience & knowledge N/A
Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology Aviation Technician – Avionics Maintenance London, ON 2011-08-4128 Approved August 30, 2011 18 months experience & knowledge 2010 training hours
Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance London, ON 2013-08-4174 Approved August 14, 2013 18 months experience & knowledge 2040 training hours
International Career School (ICS) Canada Aircraft Mechanics Montreal QC N/A December 2006 N/A This course is recognized as acceptable to meet the alternative training requirement for the M1 or M2 rated Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Licence.
Kelowna Flightcraft Ltd. (KFL) Aircraft Structural Repair Technician Kelowna BC 2002-05-7026 Approved May 2002 12 months experience & knowledge N/A
L'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (ÉNA) Technique d'avionique certificat de conformité (DEC 280.D0) St-Hubert QC 2009-05-5141 Approved August 2008 19 months experience & knowledge 1920 hours
L'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (ÉNA) TECHNIQUES DE MAINTENANCE D'AÉRONEFS (DEC 280.C0) St. Hubert QC 2007-08-5118 Approved July 2007 19 months experience & knowledge 3 year program. (1980 Hours)
L'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (ÉNA) Technique en réparation de structures d'aéronefs - EMAM (999.38) St. Hubert QC N/A October 2004 N/A Basic training only.
L'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (ÉNA) Éléments Avionique (EWA02) St. Hubert, QC N/A May 2009 N/A Basic training only.
L'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (ÉNA) Éléments de réparation de Structures d’Aéronefs (280.C0) St. Hubert, QC N/A June 2012 N/A Basic training only.
L'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (ÉNA) Éléments de réparation de structures d’aéronefs et d’éléments de maintenance d’aéronefs (EWA.0X) St. Hubert, QC N/A November 2012 N/A Basic training only.
L'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (ÉNA) Technique en réparation de structures d'aéronefs - profile 280-B0 (999.40) St. Hubert QC N/A October 2004 N/A Basic training only.
L'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (ÉNA) Aircraft Maintenance (999.49) St. Hubert, QC N/A January 2010 N/A Basic training only.
L'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (ÉNA) Élément de maintenance d'aéronefs - profile Bombardier (999.43) St. Hubert QC N/A December 2004 N/A Basic training only.
L'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (ÉNA) Élément de réparation de structures d'aéronefs - profile CCEA (999.44) St. Hubert QC N/A December 2004 N/A Basic training only.
L'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (ÉNA) Programme d'entretien en avionique (DEC 280.04) Avionics Maintenance St. Hubert QC 2002-01-7022 Approved January 2002 19 months experience & knowledge 3 year program.
L'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (ÉNA) Technicien d'entretien d'aéronefs (DEC 280.03) Aircraft Maintenance St. Hubert QC 2002-01-7023 Approved January 2002 19 months experience & knowledge 3 year program.
L'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (ÉNA) Technique en réparation de structures d'aéronefs (999.36) St. Hubert QC 2002-06-5003 Approved June 2002 12 months experience & knowledge Aircraft Structures course approval.
L'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (ÉNA) Technicien d'entretien d'aéronefs - formation continue (AEC 903.45) Aircraft Maintenance St. Hubert QC 2002-01-7024 Approved January 2002 18 months experience & knowledge 2 year program - adult education - completed on a part time basis.
L'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (ÉNA) Aircraft Maintenance M –License Profile (DEC 280.C0) St. Hubert QC 2019-06-5209 Approved June 2019 21 months experience & knowledge Basic Training 2190 Hours
L'École Nationale d'Aérotechnique du Collège Édouard-Montpetit (ÉNA) Techniques Avioniques E –License Profile (DEC 280.D0) St. Hubert QC 2019-06-5210 Approved June 2019 21 months experience & knowledge Basic Training 2130 Hours
Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology Aviation Technician - Aircraft Structures Hamilton, Ontario 2012-11-4158 Approved November 2012 12 months experience & knowledge N/A
Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology Aviation Technician - Aircraft Maintenance Hamilton, Ontario 2010-04-4109 Approved May 2010 18 months experience & knowledge N/A
North Island College Aircraft Structures Technician Campbell River, BC 2004-05-1042 Approved May 2004 11 months experience & knowledge N/A
Northern Lights College (NLC) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Dawson Creek BC 2001-11-7020 Approved November 2001 18 months experience & knowledge N/A
Nova Scotia Community College Aircraft Maintenance Dartmouth, NS 2012-01-6000 Approved January 2012 18 months experience & knowledge

Graduating students from June 2013 to June 2017 receive 19 months experience & knowledge credit.

Graduating students after June 2017 receive 18 months experience & knowledge credit

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Aircraft Mechanic Shearwater, NS N/A October 2002 N/A Basic training only. Students enrolled between September 1, 2001 and October 2002 and between June 1, 2003 to June 4, 2004 and September 2004 to June 2005 are considered to have completed an acceptable basic training program as additional training supplements were incorporated into the training curriculum.
Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Aircraft Structure Dartmouth, NS 2009-01-6001 Approved February 2009 10 months experience & knowledge

As of September 1, 2008, the facility location has moved from Shearwater NS to Dartmount NS.

Graduating students from June 2013 to June 2017 receive 9 months experience & knowledge credit.

Graduating students after June 2017 receive 10 months experience & knowledge credit.

Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) Avionics - Basic Dartmouth, NS 2009-08-6002 Approved August 2009 18 months experience & knowledge

Graduating students from June 2013 to June 2017 receive 19 months experience & knowledge credit.

Graduating students after June 2017 receive 18 months experience & knowledge credit.

Okanagan College Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - Category S Kelowna Airport Campus, Kelowna BC 2012-01-1127 Approved January 2012 10 months experience & knowledge Program is approved for Kelowna Campus (Kelowna, BC) only.
Red River College – Stevenson Campus Aircraft Maintenance Journeyperson Winnipeg and Southport MB 2001-09-7015 Approved September 2001 48 months experience & knowledge

After September 1, 2017:

Successful graduates will be issued an Accreditation of Transport Canada Approved Training document with TC approval number which meets the approved basic training requirement and applicable credit for knowledge and experience.

Students who complete the course without meeting the approved basic training requirement may be issued an Accreditation of Transport Canada Acceptable Training document without the TC approval number. The document will be recognized as acceptable basic training without any credit for knowledge and experience.

Graduation Date prior to September 1, 2017 - Formerly Stevenson Aviation Technical Training Centre.

General info: 2 certificates are issued. To receive any kind of "credit", both certificates are required. The first document, a Certificate of Completion (which has no TC number), is issued once the student successfully completes the in school portion, which equates to meeting the Basic Training requirement (no credit is given). The second document, Certificate of Qualification (which contains the TC approval number), is issued once the student completes both the industry experience portion and other College program requirements.

If the student does not complete the industry experience portion of the program, or if not successful on the final program exams, they will not receive a Certificate of Qualification (which has the TC approval number). A student in this situation is not eligible for any type of exam or experience credit, and must meet all requirements for licence issue (see item 2 below).

Making Application to TC: 1. For exam and experience credit: Both certificates are required. Prior to obtaining a licence, proof of Maintenance tasks (logbook, etc.) must be submitted for TC review. ** Some students apply to write REGS exam before they finish the whole program, and will bring in 42 months experience & a Certificate of Completion only. This is acceptable, but the applicant must be advised (preferably in writing) that if no TC numbered Certificate of Qualification received they will not be eligible for the credit – if this happens they must satisfy all requirements for licence issue (technical exams, experience, etc.).

2. For acceptable basic training: Certificate of Completion is required. The student must also provide proof of 4 years experience; this experience must be in form of letters (or similar) from the employer which provide details of the nature of employment, types of work completed, types of aircraft worked on and exact employment dates (start to finish) – the Apprenticeship board/program "ÀMJ Apprenticeship Completion Data" format is not acceptable to meet the experience requirement. Documented proof of maintenance tasks (logbook, etc) must also be submitted for TC review.

Red River College – Stevenson Campus Aircraft Structural Repair Technician Winnipeg and Southport MB 2002-02-7025 Approved February 2002 12 months experience & knowledge

After September 1, 2017:

Successful graduates will be issued an Accreditation of Transport Canada Approved Training document with TC approval number which meets the approved basic training requirement and applicable credit for knowledge and experience.

Students who complete the course without meeting the approved basic training requirement may be issued an Accreditation of Transport Canada Acceptable Training document without the TC approval number. The document will be recognized as acceptable basic training without any credit for knowledge and experience.

Facility was formerly Stevenson Aviation Technical Training Centre prior to September 1, 2017.

Red River College – Stevenson Campus Aircraft Maintenance Diploma Program Winnipeg and Southport MB 2003-02-2000 Approved, February 2003 19 months experience & knowledge

After September 1, 2017:

Successful graduates will be issued an Accreditation of Transport Canada Approved Training document with TC approval number which meets the approved basic training requirement and applicable credit for knowledge and experience.

Students who complete the course without meeting the approved basic training requirement may be issued an Accreditation of Transport Canada Acceptable Training document without the TC approval number. The document will be recognized as acceptable basic training without any credit for knowledge and experience.

Facility was formerly Stevenson Aviation Technical Training Centre prior to September 1, 2017.

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies Aircraft Maintenance - Basic M Saskatoon SK 2010-10-2003 Approved October 12, 2010 18 months experience & knowledge N/A
Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology Aircraft Structural Repair Program Sault Ste. Marie ON 2007-09-4093 Approved October, 2007 10 months experience & knowledge Course re-approved October 2007
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Technology Calgary, Alberta (Art Smith Aero Center for Training and Technology) TC 2014-04-2005 Approved May 21, 2014 18 months experience & knowledge Training Control Manual (Amendment) Approved May 21, 2014 First Class Starts September 2014. After October 2002 the TC approved certificate is the "Statement of Aviation Division Accreditation Compliance" letter.
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Aircraft Avionics Program Calgary, Alberta (Art Smith Aero Center for Training and Technology) 2010-08-2001 Approved August 5, 2010 18 months experience & knowledge Training Control Manual (Amendment) Approved August 5, 2010 First Class Starts in September. After October 2002 the TC approved certificate is the "Statement of Aviation Division Accreditation Compliance" letter.
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Aviation Structural Repairs Calgary, Alberta (Art Smith Aero Center for Training and Technology) 2010-08-2002 Approved August 5, 2010 10 months experience & knowledge Training Control Manual (Amended) Approved August 5, 2010 Prairie and Northern file: 5016-7002. After October 2002 the TC approved certificate is the "Statement of Aviation Division Accreditation Compliance" letter.
University College of the Fraser Valley Aircraft Structures Technician Abbotsford, BC 2003-01-1003 Approved January 2003 11 months experience & knowledge As of July 12, 2019, this training is no longer approved.
University College of the Fraser Valley Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Basic M Abbotsford, BC 2017-06-1148 Approved June 2017 18 months experience & knowledge As of July 12, 2019, this training is no longer approved.
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