Obtaining an aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) licence

From Transport Canada

Aircraft maintenance engineers (AME) 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

Important notice: Effective February 15, 2018, AME licence credentials (credit card–style licence) will be issued:

  • with a ten year validity period; and
  • with no photograph.

Please read the AME credential change notice for more information.

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.

Before getting licensed as an AME, you must:

For further information, see Transport Canada’s AME Licensing General Information Pamphlet.

AME basic training programs

The first step in becoming an AME is to do a basic training program.

Transport Canada must review and accept any other AME basic training programs.

We set 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 Chapter 566, Appendix C. We may use curriculum samples 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 ("M"), avionics ("E"), and structures ("S") exams
  • a list of more study resources

Maintenance task skill requirement

Part of the aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) application is providing proof that you have performed maintenance tasks. You must keep records to show 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:

Maintenance of the following aircraft does not qualify for experience credit:

  • ultra-light
  • advanced ultra-light
  • amateur-built
  • owner-maintained

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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