Staff Instruction (SI) No. 505-002

Basic Standards for Training Delivered by Delegates

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Issuing Office: Standards    
Activity Area: Qualifying Document No.: SI 505-002
File No.: 5009-32-2 Issue No.: 03
RDIMS No.: 4731233-V4 Effective Date: 2009-06-02


1.1  Purpose

The purpose of this Staff Instruction (SI) is to provide information and guidelines on the basic training standards that should be used by delegated organizations intending to design and deliver courses similar to those offered by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) in the aircraft certification discipline.

1.2  Applicability

This document applies to all TCCA employees, to individuals and organizations when they are exercising privileges granted to them under an External Ministerial Delegation of Authority. This information is also available to the aviation industry for information purposes.

1.3  Description of Changes

This document, formerly SI 505-002 Issue 02, has been reissued as SI 505-002 Issue 03. With the exception of minor editorial changes and updated references, the content is unaltered.


2.1  Reference Documents

It is intended that the following reference materials be used in conjunction with this document:

  1. Chapter 505 of the Airworthiness Manual (AWM)—Delegation of Authority.
  2. Instructional Design Document of the Public Service Commission of Canada, Staff Development Branch, 1984, ISBN 0660528118—Systems Approach to Training.

2.2  Cancelled Documents

Not applicable.


3.1  Training for Internal Delegation of Authority

  1. TCCA’s aircraft certification and aviation learning services personnel have developed several learning products over the years that have become a prerequisite for all aircraft certification personnel prior to exercising their delegation of authority.
  2. Learning products in TCCA are developed using instructional design specialists and in most cases, delivered by senior subject matter experts that work in aircraft certification.

3.2  Training for External Delegation of Authority

There is no formal training requirement defined in Subchapter 505B, 505C, or 505E of the AWM. However, the completion of several courses is strongly recommended in order for potential delegates to be authorized. For this reason, some Design Approval Organizations (DAOs) and Airworthiness Engineering Organizations (AEOs) have found it to be more efficient to design and deliver their own version of these courses. This practice has been encouraged by TCCA as it promotes a shared commitment to safety, and fosters education in the aircraft certification discipline.


DAOs and AEOs wishing to develop their own versions of a recommended course should apply the basic training standards that have been outlined in this document to ensure that consistency with TCCA’s learning products is achieved.


Many of the requirements presented in this section of the SI have been extracted from the Public Service Commission of Canada Instructional Design Document entitled Systems Approach to Training. This document is available for inter-library loan from the Canadian National Catalogue of Library and Archives Canada. It can be found by conducting a library search on the ISBN 0660528118.

5.1  Instructional Design

Initially, TCCA aviation learning services personnel will provide lesson plans and workshop materials free of charge to any company that shows serious interest in creating its own internal version of a course that has been designed and delivered by TCCA aircraft certification personnel. However:

  1. Any additional or new instructional elements that the company incorporates should be designed following a systems approach to training requirements (e.g. contains learning objectives).
  2. The company should perform an evaluation of students against learning objectives. This should be provided to TCCA aviation learning services personnel so that it may be reviewed for consistency.
  3. The company’s learning objectives or outcomes should be identical to those of the TCCA product. Proposed modifications (e.g. additions, deletions, or changes) must be approved by TCCA prior to the start of the company’s course design phase.

5.2  Instructional Cadre

Company course instructors must:

  1. be approved by the DAO or AEO Core Airworthiness Control Committee (ACC) to instruct the course;
  2. take an instructional techniques course (either one available from TCCA or a similar course from a commercial organization); and
  3. take the TCCA version of the specific course they are to teach (e.g. instructors teaching the company version of the “Aircraft Certification Specialty” course must have taken the course from TCCA prior to teaching).

5.3  Course Sponsorship

The introductory module should:

  1. contain messages that are consistent with the safety principles delivered by TCCA;
  2. be delivered by the chairperson of the Core ACC or a member of the Core ACC and, if possible, jointly delivered with a TCCA aircraft certification personnel, as applicable; and
  3. be attended by a TCCA aircraft certification personnel who is trained in instructional techniques and would be capable of delivering the opening module.

5.4  Course Review

  1. The course content, exercises and tools that are used to evaluate learning should be forwarded to TCCA’s aviation learning services personnel for review and comments. TCCA reserves the right to review the initial and subsequent course deliveries, to promote consistency of presentation and content. Any comments or suggestions for changes provided by the TCCA observer must be actioned, and feedback on how they have been addressed is to be provided to TCCA’s aviation learning services personnel.
  2. It is requested that companies provide TCCA with an annual schedule of planned course offerings.

5.5  Updates to Learning Materials

  1. There must be a system in place to ensure that training materials are kept up to date, by having a staff member attend the TCCA “Aircraft Certification Specialty” or other approved course.
  2. Electronic versions of revised course materials (lesson plans or participant manuals) are available without cost. A fee will be incurred however for paper copies, to cover printing, shipping and handling costs. This information is available upon request by contacting the appropriate TCCA learning program manager.

5.6  Courses Offered Through a Third-Party

  1. Individuals seeking delegation of authority may take either the required TCCA course, or an equivalent TCCA approved course offered by their company. However, individuals will not receive equivalency recognition if they take the course from a company other than their own, and with whom they have no contractual association.
  2. For cases where the proposed delegate works with a company that has a contractual association with the company offering the course, there may be equivalency recognition. Because of this association, the individual must understand the procedures of the DAO or AEO offering the course, and it must be tailored to reflect those procedures. These cases should be discussed with TCCA aviation learning services personnel.


For more information, please contact the:
Manager, Policies and Procedures (AARTC)


Suggestions for amendment to this document are invited, and should be submitted via the Transport Canada Civil Aviation Issues Reporting System (CAIRS) at the following Internet address:

or by e-mail at:

Original signed by D.B. Sherritt on September 15, 2009.

D.B. Sherritt
Director, Standards
Civil Aviation

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