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.
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
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:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Complete a Transport Canada-approved AME basic training program (or one that is acceptable to Transport Canada)
- Get the total amount of applicable civil aviation maintenance experience
- Gain skills by doing a number of specific maintenance tasks
- Successfully complete the technical (if required) and regulatory exams
- Submit an application with the correct form and all other required documentation
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.
- Find a list of Transport Canada-approved/acceptable AME basic training organizations (currently active)
- Learn more about approved training organizations
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:
- "M1 or M2" rating maintenance task record
- "E" rating maintenance task record
- "S" rating maintenance task record
- “Balloon” rating maintenance task record
Maintenance of the following aircraft does not qualify for experience credit:
- advanced ultra-light
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 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.